Emergency Electrician - St Albans and Harpenden

Emergency Electrician St Albans and HarpendenFrom our base nearby we are able to provide an emergency electrician service covering St Albans and the close by town of Harpenden.

All of our electrical engineers are 

  • Professional
  • Reliable - they will be on site when they say they will
  • Courteous
  • Friendly

One of our team of electrical engineers are always on standby and are available to attend emergency call outs in the St Albans and Harpenden area, all day, every day, all year round. Within 2 hours of your call to us, we would expect to have one of our electricians on site, investigating and resolving your electrical problem. Our vans are well stocked with a full range of spares and equipment, giving them the ability to deal with most issues on a single visit.

Call us now on 01707 519056 so we can help you solve your electrical emergency!

A sample of questions we get asked a lot ...

  • Firstly you need to ensure that the particular piece of electrical equipment is not live, i.e. any source of energy (i.e. usually electricity) has been fully isolated. You also need to ensure that the energy source cannot be accidentally restored before you have finished working on the device. Always ensure that you follow the manufacturers instructions on carrying out any maintenance procedures.

  • The electrical consumer unit (also referred to as the fusebox) is a distribution board consisting of a collection of circuits, alongside a manual mechanism for double pole isolation on the incoming current, plus fuses, RCDs or circuit breakers for automatic current breaking. As its name suggests, these devices are mainly to be found in a domestic setting.

  • As with most trades and professions in the UK, electricians have to abide by certain standards and in the case of electricians the relevant standard is BS 7671 (alternatively known as the Institute of Electrical Engineering wiring regulations). This standard lays out minimum standards for the installation of electrical systems if they are to meet national safety standards. It is a condition of membership of NICEIC that all electricians meet this standard.

  • A piece of equipment capable of carrying and interrupting normal load currents and also carrying and automatically tripping, under defined conditions, abnormal currents such as occurs in short-circuits. An RCD usually operates infrequently although some types are designed for frequent operation.

  • As laid out in British Standard BS7671 any new electrical installation, or any changes to an existing circuit, including extending or re-purposing of an existing electrical circuit should result in the issuance of a certificate. The certificate will either be a standard electrical installation certificate or a minor electrical installation works certificate depending on the extent of the work carried out.

  • An aggregation of electrical equipment (electric sockets , lights and electric switches) supplied from the same point and protected against surges by the same protective device(s).

  • Alternating Current (AC) is where the flow of electrons in the current changes direction many times a second, oscillating  back and forth. Direct Current (DC) is where the flow of electrons occurs in only one direction. AC is the type of current most commonly used in households to power domestic electrical appliances whereas DC is most often used to power small portable devices and is the type of current produced by batteries.

  • PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) testing is a vital element of any businesses health & safety policy.
    Portable electrical appliances are responsible for around a quarter of all electrical related safety incidents. The Electricity at Work Regulations require  employers, employees and self-employed persons to abide by these regulations and take sensible and practical measures to ensure that using portable appliances does not create a danger. What this means in practice, is that anyone responsible for the regulations implements a thorough and repeated program of maintaining and inspecting portable equipment. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) introduced a legal obligation to carry out such testing as follows;

    • Where portable appliances are used by employees of the business
    • Where portable appliances are provided (e.g. hired out) to third parties
    • Where the members of the public may use such equipment in locations such as schools, hospitals, factories, shops etc.
    • Where portable appliances are fixed or mantained.

    The inspection regime, i.e. the level and frequency of inspections, should reflect the likelihood of the equipment becoming faulty, and should take into account the location where the appliance is being used and the way it is being used.

  • A Distribution Board is a collection of switches and/or current protective devices (such as circuit breakers, fuses etc) linked to one or several outgoing circuits, being fed by one or several incoming circuits, which includes terminals for neutral and aforementioned protective devices. The Distribution Board may also include controls for signalling. 

     

  • In order to determine if your domestic electrical installation work has been carried out properly and is safe, we would recommend that you arrange for an electrical contractor to carry out an inspection. Check that the electrician that you choose has been approved by one of the industry standards bodies such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Instalation Contracting (NICEIC).