15 Jul 2022
signs that your home office needs electrical attention

Let’s face it, more than ever before, more of us have flexible work arrangements and often can work from home.  Whether you work in a traditional office or a home office,  it is important to have regular electrical maintenance to prevent potential accidents or incidents, as well as ensure the safety of your family but it can also improve the energy efficiency of your home and help you save on your power bill. This goes beyond the standard tag and test requirements which are generally done on an annual basis.

Whilst having a regular electrical maintenance schedule is likely the best option, it’s also helpful to be aware of the top signs that your office needs professional electrical maintenance. Below we’ve listed the top 4 indicators that imply you should contact a licensed electrician in Brisbane for electrical maintenance and repairs work.


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Flickering Lights

Flickering home office lights might seem like a minor problem, but when it’s a regular occurrence, it becomes a major nuisance and source of distraction. Persistent flickering lights could be associated with headaches, vision issues, and reduced morale and energy levels. It could also increase your electricity costs.

A licensed electrician can diagnose the cause of the issue. For example, is it an issue with the light bulb itself or something more serious like an overloaded circuit? Did you know that too many devices and appliances plugged into the same circuit can lead to a power overload. Alternatively, your circuit cabling could be outdated and no longer be compliant with the current Australian Standards.

If your flickering lights involve more than one room or circuit, your home office likely has a more serious issue. This could be a problem with your cable connections,  faulty switch, faulty light fitting or faulty light bulb or a faulty circuit breaker or a fault in some other power source. If this is the case, it’s best to consult a licensed electrician to undertake relevant repairs right away.

Circuit Breaker Trips Regularly

A circuit breaker that trips can be a common occurrence, however, if it is happening on a regular basis in the home office, it can be a cause for concern. Most often you will simply rest the circuit breaker every time it trips, which means you won’t find out what is actually causing the underlying issue. If the circuit breaker is tripping regularly it is important to find out the underlying cause(s).

In most cases, circuit breakers trip due to either a circuit shorted to ground or a circuit overload. Shorted circuits might be due to electrical conductors. Alternatively, the issue could have its roots in a specific component. A licensed, experienced electrician can carefully review the relevant wiring and connections to identify the source of the issue and repair the problem so your home office experiences minimal interruptions.

Overloaded circuits can be a more complex issue, and a knowledgeable electrician in Brisbane like Allyn White will have the appropriate testing equipment to determine the source of the overload. This will help to minimise the risk of serious injury in the event of a short circuit, protect against electrical overload, and assist in stabilising voltage levels.

Burning Smell When Switching On Appliances

It might seem quite obvious to some but if you ever smell a burning smell when switching on an appliance, you need to call an experienced electrician straight away. Everyone in your house is responsible for the safety of themselves and other family members. The old adage “if you see something say something”.

If your Office Is Located In An Old Building

Older buildings may require regular and more frequent maintenance, checks, and assessments. If your office is located in an older building, your electrical wiring could be decades older than that in a new, modern office building. The insulation around the wiring, too, could be far older and therefore at a higher risk of being worn out.

As such, it’s a good idea to have frequent scheduled maintenance checks by a trusted, experienced electrician. Your electrician can examine older wiring and insulation, replace it as needed, and take measures like installing a safety switch to standard safety. They can conduct the right tests to check the wiring in older builds can safely support the load you’re plugging into.


Contact a Licensed Electrician in Brisbane for Your Home Electrical Maintenance, Repairs, Installations, and Lighting advice.

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With over 40+ years of experience in all aspects of domestic, industrial, commercial and emergency electrical work, Allyn will be able to assist with your electrical needs in Brisbane.

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