What to ask your sparkie
Outsourcing sites grow in popularity and so do offers of cash work in closed social media pages. There are lots of unlicensed people out there trying to make some extra cash, especially in the northern suburbs of Adelaide.
Whilst installing a ceiling fan may not seem like a life threatening task, having an unlicensed tradesman work on your live wires can have some serious consequences. Plus, imagine the fan was not fastened properly and comes down on top you, or worse, your kid.
Becoming a fully licensed electrician takes 4 years and involves a lot more than owning a rusty old ute and a cordless drill.
Before you go ahead and hire some electrical help, here are four important questions to ask your bright spark.
1. ARE YOU A LICENSED ELECTRICIAN?
This is probably the most important question you can ask your contractor.
An unlicensed electrician may be cheap, but there’s definitely no bargain in bad work. A burning home is not cheap. You can check to see if your electrician is licensed through the CBA website (https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/find-a-licence-holder). GESA technicians are fully licensed electricians with Garry the owner and founder being in the electrical game since 1987, that is a lot of experience.
2. HAVE YOU GOT INSURANCE?
It might seem normal, yet it is not for everyone.
Let’s pretend it is a hot day in Adelaide and you just bought a new ceiling fan to cool down these hot nights and get a good night sleep. You hit social media and ask for recommendations to install the fan. A friend’s friend knows someone cheap who comes after hours and gets straight into it. Now, while they are up in the ceiling, they step through the gyprock and land in your bedroom. The last thing you want is to deal with the mess, the repairs or even the injury of the uninsured tradesman.
So, a simple question goes a long way to protect you if the unfortunate happens.
3. WHO’S ACTUALLY DOING THE WORK?
Depending on the job, some electrical companies may send a subcontractor or an apprentice to do the work. There’s potentially nothing wrong with an apprentice doing the work, as long as they are trained, insured and supervised by a fully licensed electrician. Ask your electrician of choice if they use subcontractors, and if so, ensure that these have their own insurance and are qualified to do the work.
Here at GESA we usually do not use sub contractors and you will get a text from our tradie when he is on his way, with the tradies name and contact number.
4. IS THERE A WARRANTY?
In our over 30 years as licensed electricians, GESA electrical have installed a large number of switchboards, powerpoint, ceiling fans, cameras and LED down lights. By using quality Australian certified electrical products and being qualified, experienced electricians then realistically, everything will be fine. In the event that your light switch stops switching or your ceiling fan stops spinning, it’s always good to check what is covered and who is responsible it is to fix it.
As Gold Master Electricians, one of our MUST DO Code of Ethics is that we provide a minimum 12-month warranty on all parts, our guarantee of the workmanship extends well beyond that.
GESA Electrical is a fully licensed Adelaide based family business with over 15 years in business as electrical contractor. We are also licensed to install security cameras, antennas and NBN data networks. We serve from the Gawler via Angle Vale, Playford, Salisbury and Enfield all the way to Cumberland Park.