Within New South Wales, Electrical Inspections are to be completed no longer than seven days before the re-energisation of an electrical installation.
They are a vital aspect of ensuring the safety and functionality of residential and commercial properties. They help identify potential hazards, prolong the life of your electrical components, and ensure compliance with safety codes.
This comprehensive guide will help you understand when you need an electrical inspection, the benefits of conducting one, and what to expect during the process.
When is an Electrical Inspection Necessary?
Purchasing a New Property
When buying a new home or business property, an electrical inspection is essential. It not only identifies immediate safety hazards but also provides an estimate of when electrical components like switchboards or power outlets may need replacement.
Owning an Older Home or Business Premises
If your property is over 30 years old, it’s crucial to schedule a complete electrical inspection. This preemptive measure will help identify potential problems before they escalate into significant issues.
After a Storm or Natural Event
Storms and natural events can cause undetected damage, leading to electrical issues such as short circuits and power surges. Schedule a professional electrical inspection service after such events to ensure the safety of your property when the power is restored.
Following Maintenance or Electrical Work
After any electrical or maintenance work on your property, book an inspection to confirm that the work has been carried out safely and complies with safety codes.
What to Expect During an Electrical Inspection
During an electrical inspection, a qualified electrician will:
- Conduct a visual examination of your property’s wiring, usually following a checklist for electrical safety
- Test the functionality of all electrical components
- Identify potential hazards, such as frayed wires or faulty light fittings
- Ensure that all electrical wiring complies with safety codes
- Provide a detailed report of the inspection findings
Questions to Ask Your Electrician Before an Inspection
To make the most of your electrical inspection, consider asking your electrician the following questions:
- How long will the inspection take?
- Are any electrical components in my property due for replacement?
- What are the potential risks associated with my property’s electrical wiring?
- How can I mitigate these risks?
- Can you provide a copy of the inspection report upon completion?
Relevant Australian Standards for Electrical Inspections
When conducting electrical inspections in New South Wales, electricians must adhere to the relevant Australian standards. Some of the key standards include:
- AS/NZS 3000:2018 (Wiring Rules): This standard sets out the requirements for electrical installations, covering areas such as the selection and installation of wiring systems, earthing, and electrical protection.
- AS/NZS 3017:2007 (Electrical Installations – Verification Guidelines): This standard provides guidelines for verifying that an electrical installation complies with the requirements of the Wiring Rules (AS/NZS 3000).
- AS/NZS 3019:2007 (Electrical Installations – Periodic Verification): This standard specifies the procedures for periodic verification of electrical installations, helping ensure their ongoing safety and compliance with the Wiring Rules.
In addition to these national standards, electricians in New South Wales must also comply with state-specific regulations, such as the NSW Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 and the NSW Electricity (Consumer Safety) Regulation 2015.