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Emergency Electrician Canberra


Emergency electrical callouts in Canberra

Losing power or having any other electrical emergency in the middle of the night is always a stressful experience.

It can also be extremely dangerous if there is exposed wiring, fallen power lines, fire, sparks or any other danger.

You must act fast when you have an electrical problem like this. Small problems can rapidly escalate into larger ones.

There is no need to live without power and hot water when local technicians can arrive swiftly and assist 24/7.

That is why O’Brien Electrical Hume offers a 24/7 emergency call out service for your convenience and protection. So don’t wait to call for help until the next morning if you find a serious issue at your home or business.

All you need to do is contact us at any time of the day or night and we will dispatch a licensed and insured electrician as soon as possible as well as update you on their estimated arrival.

Our emergency callout services are available for both residential and commercial premises across Canberra and there is no emergency that is too big or too small.

Whether you are a homeowner, landlord, multi-property owner or tenant, we can help you get reconnected safely.

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Frequently asked questions

Worried about a possible electrical emergency? Find out some answers to these most commonly asked questions by our past clients:


What should I do when I have an electrical emergency?

The first step is to remain calm and to contact a local emergency electrician in Canberra for an emergency callout. There are a few steps you can take while you are waiting for a professional electrician to arrive at your property to assist and restore power. These steps include:

  • If there is any fire, contact emergency services immediately for assistance
  • Locate the main power switch on your switchboard and turn it off, it is not off already and safe to do so
  • Move away from the property to remove yourself from potential harm
  • If there are any exposed or fallen wires, cables or power lines, stay well away from them and warn others to do the same.


What classifies as an electrical emergency?

You don’t need to have sparks flying from an electrical cable for your issue to classify as an emergency.

If you have lost power, either partially or completely, or you are having issues like lights flickering or buzzing coming from a powerpoint, you should call an electrician – no matter what time of the day or night it is to ensure that your property is safe for you and your family.


What are the signs of damaged or melted wiring?

When you have issues with your wiring, there are some telltale signs that can occur at the outlet.

The first sign is any kind of electric arcing. When this occurs you will hear crackling and buzzing coming from the outlet and there may be a spark when you plug in a cord.

Overloading and short circuits are some other common signs of damaged wiring, so if your fuse or safety switch is constantly turning off and you are losing power, you likely need an emergency electrician to assess and fix any issues that they find asap.


What should I look for at power sockets or outlets?

If there is any damage to your power outlets it can lead to fires, major damage, injuries or worse.

If you notice any discolouration or charring around the power outlet, do not use it. Report it to your electrician immediately. If the outlet has become loose, this is also a hazard.

Damage can be avoided by not overloading power sockets, but if there is any damage you will require an urgent inspection and repairs.


Can I carry out my own electrical repairs?

No matter how simple the job may seem, or how trained you may think you are, you should never try to carry out electrical work unless you are a licensed and insured professional electrician.

Not only is it highly unsafe, but it is also illegal in Australia. Professional, emergency services are by far your best option to fix any electrical issue that you come across.


What should I do if the power goes out?

The first thing to do is to check your switchboard. If the circuit breaker or safety switch is in the off position, flick it back on.

If the power does not come back on, there could be an electrical fault, an appliance fault or an outage.

Take a look into the street and see if other houses have lost power, if they have, it is likely a widespread outage. If your house is the only one without power, it is either a faulty appliance or wiring.

You should only call an electrician if you have checked the above first.


How do I know whether the wiring or appliance is at fault?

Did the power go out when you plugged in an appliance or switched it on?

Unplug it from the wall and try the safety switch again. If power is restored, it is a faulty appliance.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, unplug ALL appliances and try the safety switch. If power is restored, it is another appliance and you will need to test them one by one.

If there is still no power, you will need an emergency electrician to assess the situation and professionally fix the issue.

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For emergency glass repair or replacement in your home or business, speak to one of our experts. We'll discuss options, costs and appointment times.

We'd love to help you, but unfortunately cannot assist with:

  • Cook tops or oven doors
  • Refrigerator glass
  • Light and lamp shades
  • Spectacle repairs
  • Phone or tablet screens
  • Curved glass or tanks

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Your message may not be seen until the next business day, so if this an emergency job please call us directly now on (02) 6260 1906 and we can get to you as soon as possible

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