Types of electrical repairs your electrician can do for you

There are several types of electrical repairs that electricians can do, but you may not even know it.

Cut your costs and stop buying new appliances when you can just give your professional electrician a call for an appliance repair. Most appliances like washing machines, ovens, televisions, a fridge, and airconditioning units take years before they would actually need replacement. Others may only need a change in spare parts.

This article aims to provide you with a list of services and repairs that electricians can do.

  1. Panel upgrades – It is important to regularly have your property’s entire electrical system checked for faulty electrical wiring. Hire a professional electrician to fully inspect your electrical system every few years to ensure safety and if needed, an upgrade in your electrical installation. Panel upgrades also ensure that your electrical system can meet the demands of your power consumption.
  2. Installation of appliance Lines – As mentioned earlier, most home appliances take years before they break down, however, older properties sometimes have difficulty holding up to the electrical demands of modern appliances. New installations of large appliances such as washing machines, flat-screen televisions, a fridge, ovens, or dryers need proper wiring jobs. Often, simple electrical repairs are all it takes to get this done.
  3. Outlet repair – Whether you need new outlet installations or repair, a licensed electrician will be able to assess, inspect, suggest and install the safest electrical outlet for you.
  4. Emergency repair work – Appliance repairs aren’t the only type of electrical repairs you may need. Electrical problems sometimes occur when you least expect them so it is critical to have a know whom you can call for an emergency electrical repair service.

Electrical repair mistakes that you should avoid

The internet can be a cesspool of do-it-yourself tutorials and other “self-help” videos that can tempt you to do electrical repairs or appliance repairs by yourself. Always remember that even the smallest and simplest electrical appliance would require a professional electrician to handle its repair so instead of doing it by yourself, call a licensed electrician and let him do it. If you are on a tight budget, call your provider’s customer service hotline and request for a quote. CLF Services offer free quotes and would love to be of assistance.

Most electrical systems are complicated so it is important to entrust the job to licensed, knowledgable professionals to ensure your safety.


What is a halogen downlight?

A halogen downlight is a form of incandescent light that uses highly pressurised gas from a halogen group of elements, known for their reactivity.

Halogen downlights have historically been popular fixtures for decor lighting due to their dramatic effect. In a ‘downlight’, the light is directed downward so that it illuminates a fixed corner in the room, much like a spotlight would. Typically, downlights come in round bulbs and are available in a variety of colours, which allows you to be creative in the way that you style each room in your home.

While halogen downlights have been popular in residential and commercial contexts, they generate more heat than LED’s, so in many cases the LED light has superseded the halogen downlight.

Regardless of which type of light source you choose, you should buy downlights that meet the Australian standards while also ensuring that the lights and transformers are not covered by ceiling insulation such as pulped paper, rock wool, fiberglass batts, or polyester batts to avoid fire hazards. You should also avoid installing halogen downlights near structural timber beams.

How do I save energy through my lighting?

Practicing energy savings measures such as turning off your downlights when the room is not in use and downgrade to lower watts if bright light is not required. Look for infrared coated bulbs that emit similar light as the ones with higher watts, but will minimize energy usage and the overall environmental impacts of the lighting in your home.

A halogen downlight can upgrade the look and feel of your home’s interiors, but it is best to do your own research before shopping to find out what your options are; Will it be more energy-efficient to have halogen downlights installed? How much energy will they consume monthly? Would a white bulb or a yellow one look better? Which brand or product should save you more money in the long run?

As always, when dealing with electricity, use a licensed electrician to install your halogen downlights for your own safety.

Contact CLF Services today for a quote on halogen downlights.


How to tell when it is time for an electric fan service

Electric fans are a versatile fixture in residential homes and are often installed in multiple areas or rooms to give the HVAC system a rest from time to time. They improve home circulation, reduce electric bills and allow for windows to be swung open to let fresh air inside the home.

But just as with other home appliances, electric fans also have limited life spans and there will come a point when they will require electric fan service or repair.

How can you tell when it is time to call a professional electrician and how can you make sure that your fan installation is still up to par?

Kinds of electric fans and signs that it is time for a fan repair:

  1. Ceiling fans – Ceiling fans are mechanical fans mounted on the ceiling of a room that use hub-mounted rotating blades to circulate air. Most ceiling fan motors are capable of oscillating in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions and are equipped with pull chains or wall switches for switching on and off. Normally, a ceiling fan has between 3-5 fan blades although other industrial type ceiling fans can have up to 8 blades. They can fan large spaces such as living rooms or dining areas. Most ceiling fans produce white noise, but once you notice that the noise is becoming more annoying, loud or is beginning to sound like a grating sound, it may be a sign that it is time for electric fan service. You may also want to get your fan checked once you notice that the blades aren’t rotating at a normal speed or don’t adjust to speed settings.
  2. Exhaust fans – Exhaust fans draw out moisture and improve ventilation in rooms such as bathrooms or kitchens where activities conducted cause the accumulation of moisture. For exhaust fan installation, call a professional electrician to ensure safety.
  3. Wall-mounted fans – These fans are a super space saver because they are wall-mounted and provide superior air throw as well as assure instant evaporative cooling. If your fan suddenly stops oscillating, stars making abnormal sounds when switched on, it is a clear indication that it is time for electrical services provider to be called in.
  4. Pedestal fans – These type of fans may be the most flexible utility appliance there is. They are portable and can easily be moved from one room to another and while it does not require any wiring or mechanical intervention, there may come a time when a pedestal fan may need to be repaired by a professional and licensed electrician such as when the blades stop running at normal speeds, or when it doesn’t respond to different speed settings.

Whatever type of fan suits your family’s needs, it is important to determine when it is time for a fan service to ensure your appliance is maintained and always in top working condition.


Contact CLF Services today for a fan service or repair quote.


Types of electrical appliance repairs and when to call your local electrician

Do we always need to call for help when an electrical appliance breaks down or is a DIY fix enough?

While there are certain types of electrical repairs that you can do yourself at home, such as changing a light bulb or flicking the switch on a fuse, there are certainly repairs that require a professional and knowledgeable electrical contractor.

These include situations such as the installation of power outlets, the rewiring or your home, or if you are renovating and need an extension to your electrical circuit or new electrical appliances installed.

If you feel uncertain on your ability to fix an electrical appliance or resolve an electrical issue, then it is always best to err on the side of caution and get professional help.

Here are 5 types of electrical appliance repairs that you may not know about:

  1. Washing machines – When your machine stops functioning properly, your laundry isn’t being cleaned properly, or your machine squeaks or makes grinding sounds, you should contact an electrician to assess whether your machine can be repaired or needs to be replaced.
  2. Electric oven – If your electric oven is not functioning correctly, potentially with thermostat or broader issues, then you should seek repairs to ensure minimal damage to your appliance, home or cooking!
  3. Airconditioning unit/HVAC – If you notice bad odours being emitted from your AC, an unusual noise or a significantly insufficient airflow, this could mean that your HVAC or AC unit needs some repairs. Immediately get in touch with your trusted professional electrician and schedule an air conditioning repair.
  4. Television – A TV is going bad once you notice dead pixels, colour distortions, bars and lines, fuzzy and fading screens or a burning smell when you switch it on or plug it in. If any of these issues occur then get in touch with CLF Services so that we can minimise risk to you or your home,
  5. Refrigerator – When there is a condensation build-up, there is excessive heat from the motor, food is going bad or it simply doesn’t get cold enough to keep your food fresh, call for a technician to assess the problem and repair your appliance if necessary.

Our homes are equipped with many types of electrical appliances and with wear and tear, there will come a point where we will need the help of a professional who repairs appliance to restore our beloved machines.

If you look out for these warning signs then you can minimise the impact on you and your home.

Contact CLF Services today for information on your electrical appliance repairs.

When the tv was invented and its evolution in recent decades

The TV, Television or Telly to some is one of the inventions that spanned years of improvisation, development and engineering from scientists and inventors from different countries and regions across United States, Europe and Asia.

The evolution of television started from still black and white images transmitted on the cathode ray tube: to color television; to television sets that are thin and light enough to mount on walls. The advances in technology and the adoption of the internet has also enabled television systems to stream live content, record TV shows and show vision from anywhere around the world. With these advances though it is always good to reflect on the history of this fundamentally life changing device.

The Mechanical Television

Mechanical television was introduced to the world in 1897. A Russian Scientist named Boris Rosing was the first to conduct a crude experiment on how images can be displayed mechanically on a cathode ray tube or CRT. Rosing was also the one who coined the term ‘Television’.

Many scientists, followed Rosing, sought to improve the quality of the images that were able to be transmitted on a cathode ray tube, with perhaps the most notable being John Logie Baird, a Scottish inventor and owner of Baird Television Development Company/Cinema Television. Bair devoted years to the improvement and development of the mechanical television. In 1928, the company was able to broadcast the first transatlantic television signal, between London and New York City, and the first shore-to-ship transmission.  In 1929, he became involved in the first experimental mechanical television service in Germany. 

On April 1927, two inventors by the names of Herbert Ives and Frank Gray gave a dramatic demonstration of mechanical television by creating a system that reproduced monochromatic moving images and synchronized sounds.  The system transmitted images over two paths: a copper wire link from New York City to Washington, and a radio link from Whippany, New Jersey.

The advent of all-electronic television marked the beginning of the end of mechanical televisions, but despite the inferior image quality that mechanical televisions transmitted, it remained the primary television technology until the 1930s. The last mechanical television broadcasts ended in 1939 at stations run by a handful of public universities in the United States.

The Electronic Television

The world’s first successful demonstration of an electronic television occurred in 1927 in San Francisco, USA. This particular TV system was designed by a young inventor named Philo Taylor Farnsworth, who didn’t experience the convenience of electricity until he was 14 years old.

In 1929, Philo improved his system to the point that it no longer required mechanical parts in order to function. In that same year, he transmitted the first live human images via an electronic television system, which included a three and a half inch image of his wife Elma. From August 25 to September 6, 1934, Philo Farnsworth gave the world a public demonstration of an all-electronic television at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia.

Early electronic television sets were large, bulky, heavy and had analog circuits made of vacuum tubes. Sony Founder Masaru Ibuka predicted that portable television sets will soon become available and true enough, Sony released its first portable television set in 1960.

By the late 1960s and early 1970s, the first colour television sets became popular household appliance staples and in the 1990’s digital television swooped the television market, thanks to major technological developments.

In recent decades, we’ve witnessed the evolutions and technological advancements that gave us the cable television, satellite television, internet television, plasma tv, LCD, LED, OLED, HD and so on.

The history of television is truly amazing and it is always fascinating to reflect on how far we have come technologically in such a relatively short space of time.



Safety switches save lives. Learn how

The main difference between a safety switch, or commonly called an RCD, and a circuit breaker, often called a fuse, is that a safety switch protects people from electrical accidents while a circuit breaker protects wiring and electrical systems in your home.

What is a Safety switch and what does it do?

A safety switch reduces the risk of electric shock by reducing electric supply to a circuit when it detects an imbalance in the flow of electricity. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 73% of electrical injuries were due to exposure to an electrical current from domestic appliances or machineries.

For this reason alone, it is important to have a safety switch installed in your home or property by a licensed electrician. Regular maintenance is also imperative, your electrician should come in regularly to test your safety switch for residual current, as well as irregularities in circuit breakers. Safety switches protect you, your family and anyone visiting the property from electric shock.

Safety switches are installed only by licensed and professional electricians. Their installation requires the use of various tools and a kit that includes the safety switch box, gaskets, wiring kits, chase fittings and assorted hardware grounding kits. There process is complex which is why it is critical that safety switches be installed only by a qualified and licensed electrician.

Whether you are renting or you own your home, make sure that you have safety switches installed. Although it is safe to say that most new homes today already have these device installed, it is better to make sure as this will protect you from electric shock

Call your trusted electrician services provider, CLF Services, to test your switchboard, wiring, electrical work, power points, circuits, switches and other electrical devices in your home for a thorough check on a regular basis not just for your own protection but for the protection of your family, friends and home as well.

How to tell when it’s time for an electric over repair

An electric oven is an integrated electrical cooking device or baking chamber. It’s either part of an electric range or a standalone appliance without the cooktop. A thermostat senses and regulates oven temperature, and time and temperatures are regulated by an electric timer motor or by a digital controller. Most electric ovens have two heating elements, the main one on the bottom of the chamber and another one on the top, typically used for grilling.

Electric ovens became a popular replacement for gas ovens because they are cheaper to buy than gas ovens, hey are easier to clean, easier to use, more energy efficient and most importantly, easier to cook with.

With the changing times and changing lifestyles of most households, an electric oven is often viewed as the most convenient cooking appliance to own. Additionally, there are a variety of makes and models to best suit your home set-up and lifestyle.

However, as with most electrical appliances, electric ovens require maintenance and eventually may need repairs if they are starting to become faulty. If this is the case, you should call an electrician to provide maintenance or repairs to your oven.

Here are some tips to know when it’s time for your oven to be repaired:

  1. If your electric oven is not turning on or you notice power fluctuations when you switch the dials, then you should get your oven repaired,
  2. If your hinges are out of alignment and the doors are not opening or closing properly, the quality of food you are cooking with be compromised, so the oven should be repaired.
  3. If you notice that the oven is providing irregular or inconsistent temperatures, so your food is being over or under cooked, there may be an issue with your thermostat , so you should have this checked.
  4. If you notice unusual noises from the oven, it’s likely to be faulty and should be repaired.

These are just a few signs that tell when it is time for an oven repair. When you notice one of several of these issues, do not ignore them, call CLF Services to repair your oven immediately

Prevent electrical damage, know when it’s time for appliance repairs

It is imperative to be aware of when it is time to have your electrical appliances repaired  by an electrician, to prevent electrical damage or accidents from happening to your home, business or its occupants.

Most homes have a wide variety of appliances to help make our lives easy such as washing machines, television sets, vacuums, dishwasher, fridge and so on. Regardless of the brand of appliance you have chosen, it will have a lifespan and even with the best maintenance, most appliances will start showing faults when they are near to that lifespan.

You should at least be aware of the signs that indicate that it is time for repair services or a change of parts.

  1. Sound check! Do you still remember the sound your appliance made when it was brand new? If your washing machine, for example, starts making noisy, irritating sounds when powered on, it’s time to get your team of professional technicians in because that could mean it needs to be repaired.
  2. Moisture can pool up near the bottom of leaking appliances, such as washing machines, fridges, and air conditioning units. Additionally, moisture can appear on walls and in crevices in humid rooms due to a lack of air flow. If you suspect excess moisture buildup, call your trusted appliance repair specialist to get the issue fixed right away. If the appliance is still under warranty, you may want to contact the service center so they can assign technicians to attend to your needs.
  3. Your electricity bills are just suddenly exorbitant! When you start having to pay for more expensive utility bills than normal, then this may be an indication that some of your home appliances are due for repair. Most electrical companies will offer maintenance checks, which will include recommendations for when repairs when needed, or when the appliance needs to be replaced.
  4. Appliance malfunctions are a good indicator that it is time for appliance repairs as well. For example, when your oven is no longer reaching the desired temperature, dials are not functioning or there are sparks when it is in operation. If your clothes are taking a longer time to dry, or won’t tumble, or the dryer is making loud noises, then get it checked because it may be needing an appliance repair. Any sort of malfunction is a clear sign that your appliance needs some TLC.

Call CLF Services today to avoid any further damage to the appliance or the potential of damage to your property.


What is a Clipsal smoke alarm?

Keep your loved ones, businesses and home safe from fire hazards by installing Clipsal smoke alarms in your property. You may be asking what a Clipsal smoke alarm is or what makes it better than the other smoke alarms in the market.

Here are the answers:

  1. Clipsal smoke alarms incorporate photoelectric detection technology, which reliably detects smoke from smoldering fires – the most common and highest risk type of fire in residential environments. Designed for reliability, manufacturers of this type of smoke alarm use high-quality and robust technology that can detect and warn from hazardous fires.
  2. The peace of mind brought by knowing your home or business is protected by a photoelectric smoke alarm is priceless. Ensure the safety of your family, friends and home from the devastating effects of fires by having a Clipsal smoke alarm installed.
  3. Clipsal smoke alarms are easy to install, they can be hard-wire interconnected with up to 40 units, but if you’re needing to add a new alarm or find it challenging to run interconnect cables, there are wireless connection features available or simply call your nearest and most reliable electrical services provider to do it for you.
  4. Clipsal smoke alarms are stylish! Most homes today boast of modern, sleek and minimalistic designs. Clipsal smoke alarms can complement your home’s interiors because of their sleek and minimalistic look.
  5. Clipsal smoke alarms are equipped with a loud alarm indication of 85 decibels at three metres. There is no way you can miss the warning even if you have a huge property.
  6. Do you have a home that is equipped with high-technology gadgets and devices? Clipsal smoke alarms allow you to connect third-party devices such as security alarms and home automation systems easily.
  7. A Clipsal smoke alarm may yet be your smart home solutions security device in this day and age. It could complement a busy lifestyle, a modern home and the ever-changing world of technology.

According to fire authorities, fire hazards present higher risk when a home’s occupants are sleeping. It is also when we are asleep that our sense of smell decreases dramatically that is why most home fires with the most devastating effects occur at night or when people are asleep.

This is why a photoelectric smoke alarm is the best choice of smoke alarm because it provides the early detection of a fire hazard.

Contact CLF Services today or a quote or more information.

Hiring an Electrician

Hiring an electrician can be a challenging process for many because we may feel unsure on what to look for in an electrician.

For your peace of mind, here are some very simple and straightforward guidelines that are helpful if you are looking to hire an electrician in Brisbane:

  1. Skilled – A skilled electrician should be able to help with your electrical issues and no job is too big or too small for them. Their skills span from planning to execution of electrical work.
  2. Punctual – A professional electrician will turn up on time because they understand that time is of the essence especially for people with electrical emergencies. Punctuality is also an expression of one’s level of respect for your time and resources.
  3. Honest – Honesty includes being able to discuss with you all of the electrical services that the company in a clear and transparent way. Honesty also extends to transparent pricing, so you can feel assured that you are not being over charged and are paying a fair price for the work.
  4. Good communication skills – Aside from having the right amount of skills needed to plan and execute the job at hand, electrical contractors should be equipped with good communication skills. They should be able to let you know about their concerns with the job, if any; and they should be able to clarify issues when it arises and so on.
  5. Effective customer service – Why is this important? Most people who hire electricians are not knowledgeable about electrical works, which means they may have queries and concerns. Effective customer service should be able to address all these, and bonus too if an electrician deliversgreat after-sales customer service!