The best electricians in Canberra

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Detlev’s Electrical are one of Canberra’s leading electrical companies. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

When it comes to electrical work around your home, there is no question that a fully trained and experienced tradie is the only person who should be trusted to complete the job. Apart from the fact it is illegal in Australia to carry out electrical work if you are not a qualified electrician, it is also extremely dangerous. So it is vital for the safety of you and your family that you call in an expert who you can trust.

In Canberra and throughout the local region, there are many experienced electricians who can satisfy all your electrical needs with quality assurance you can depend on. Whether your home requires installation of lighting or appliances, rewiring, an electrical safety check, a complete smart wiring overhaul, or you simply have a niggling issue that needs resolving, there are plenty of dependable, efficient options around town for you to choose from.

We asked our readers from Canberra and the surrounding region to share their experiences with leading local electricians. Below, you will find a recommended list of the best ones. If you are not sure what you are looking for, the following checklist should help you decide which trustworthy sparkie is for you.

What makes a great electrician?

  • Relevant qualifications and licenses. In the ACT, all electrical contractors must be licensed. This gives you peace of mind knowing your electrician has the experience and qualifications to safely conduct all electrical work, from straightforward jobs to complex wiring.
  • Knowledgeable. It pays to do some research and hire an electrician with a wealth of knowledge that only experience can deliver. The best electricians know the ins and outs of the trade. From simple household jobs to electrical emergencies, you need to be assured they can complete the job professionally.
  • Reliable. The best electricians turn up on time, every time, and don’t leave you waiting. They should arrive when they say they will, be ready to work and complete the job efficiently.
  • Transparent pricing. Your electrician should be upfront with you about how much things will cost. Quotes and invoices should be transparent, with no unexpected fees or charges. If any unforeseen expenses arise, you should be confident knowing this will be communicated to you and that you are getting what you pay for.
  • Reliable and respectful of your property. The best electricians treat your home as if it is their own. This means keeping mess and disruption to a minimum while being careful with your belongings.

The best electricians in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of onsite comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook, as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Detlev's Electrical

Detlev's Electrical

For 30 years, Detlev’s Electrical has been supporting Canberra homes and businesses with electrical services, superior appliance repairs and automation. The award-winning team has more than 80 years’ collective experience.

Detlev’s provides end-to-end electrical work for renovations, extensions, fitouts and new home builds. All work complies with Australian standards and Detlev’s conducts reliable and efficient safety inspections.

With residential electrical work, Detlev’s designs and fits whole-house wiring, alarm systems, as well as phone, Internet and power connections. It handles sensor lights, circuits, switchboards and tests and tags. Detlev’s handles cutting-edge kitchen appliance installations and is approved by major brands such as Miele, Bosch, Ariston, Electrolux and Blanco.

Detlev’s is a leading commercial electrical company for the capital and surrounding regions. Its team of qualified, insured and compliant electricians work with developers, commercial building owners, body corporates and government departments. Detlev’s excels at project managing electrical works to ensure completion on time and within budget.

With asset management, Detlev’s is used as an outsourced electrical management company for commercial premises, saving clients time and money. Flexible service agreements include scheduled maintenance and emergency services. The Detlev’s team is proactive in identifying and resolving issues before they cause serious, and expensive, damage.

Detlev’s work is guaranteed.

Terry Wall wrote on Google, “The electricians from Detlev’s did a great job of installing a new dual fuel cooker, including removing the old unit.  The guys were very friendly and helpful and completed the job efficiently and cleaned up after. Very happy with the service.”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2020292

Unit 1/88 Sheppard Street
Hume ACT 2620
O'Brien Electrical Hume

O'Brien Electrical Hume

O’Brien Electrical Hume provides high-quality and dependable electrical services in Canberra and surrounding areas, for residential, commercial and government needs. The company also services regional New South Wales.

Fully qualified, full-time electricians handle both planned and emergency services. The team’s extensive menu of installation, repair, maintenance and inspection services aligns with Australia’s health and safety requirements.

O’Brien Electrical Hume’s residential services includes electrical upgrades, retrofitted LED lighting upgrades, exterior lighting installation, electrical repairs, rewiring, and switchboard replacement.

O'Brien Electrical Hume team

O'Brien Electrical Hume, one of Canberra's most recommended electricians. Photo: Zach Griffith.

Commercial services cover offices, shops, showrooms, restaurants and more, with high safety standards always met. Industrial electrical services include electrical installations, energy audits, electrical upgrades and work to repurpose premises large and small.

O’Brien Electrical Hume also has on deck emergency electricians (domestic and commercial) who respond 24/7/365. Electricians arrive in well-equipped and in fully-equipped vehicles to resolve issues quickly and efficiently.

The team at O’Brien Electrical Hume has strong industry experience and maintain all relevant industry qualifications. The company is fully licenced and insured and the friendly team ready to complete any scale of electrical project.

Company directors – brothers Andrew and Scott Nowland – each have over 25 years’ experience in the field and are committed to keeping O’Brien Electrical Hume up-to-date with the latest industry trends.

To make life easy, O’Brien Electrical Hume offers free online quotes.

Amanda Pratt wrote on Google, “We used O'Brien as the electrical contractor as part of our studio modification and enhancement. They were excellent - making scheduling easier and installation work seamless and well done.”

Harrison's Electrical Canberra

Harrison's Electrical Canberra

With two fully-qualified, licensed electricians – Harrison McIntyre and Rowan Harrison – at the helm, Harrison’s Electrical Canberra can install, repair and maintain the electrics in your home or commercial space. Their range of services include general electrical work; installation of air-conditioning units; TV, data and telephone outputs; switchboard upgrades; smoke alarm installation and testing; thermal scanning; and commercial fit-outs.

Harrison’s Electrical Canberra guarantees superior customer service, and will always turn up on time to provide outstanding workmanship. Your safety is the duo's number-one concern, and they will do everything possible to keep the power in your home or commercial premises in safe working order.

Will Inveen wrote on Google, "I had a range of electrical jobs done around the house. They did an excellent job, were prompt and professional. Really happy with the service and the work they did. I highly recommend them to anyone."

ACT Licensed Electricians: 2015597 and 2015168

Climate Plus

Climate Plus

Climate Plus specialises in domestic electrical advice, service and repair. The team of qualified, licensed and experienced electricians focuses on electrical solutions for the home.

Locally owned and operated, Climate Plus gets technicians out quickly to resolve issues promptly. They know Canberra and they know Canberra homes.

Climate Plus electricians assist with all electrical works and safety checks. Services include switchboard upgrades and replacements, LED light upgrades, and ceiling fan supply and installation. Climate Plus also installs powerpoints, USB outlets and smoke alarms. There’s nothing the team can’t handle.

From heating and cooling, to solar services and hot water services, Climate Plus electricians are always prompt and courteous. They keep clients informed on arrival times and are on hand to answer all questions and provide knowledgeable advice.

Climate Plus also supports clients with annual maintenance to help avoid costly and inconvenient breakdowns. Electricians also provide services for heating and cooling, solar and hot water.

Appointments can be booked online. It’s quick and easy.

James Clews wrote on Google, “Gary was on time, friendly and knowledgeable. He listened (and importantly heard) our concerns about our gas heater and kept us informed of the work he was doing. The heater was fixed at a very reasonable cost. Would recommend them.”

4a/34 Wollongong Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609
G6 Electrical

G6 Electrical

G6 Services is a local, trusted team of experts delivering the full range of electrical installation, maintenance and servicing requirements, at affordable prices, for commercial and private clients.

Extensive electrical services include all lighting and power needs. Electricians handle downlights and dimmers, feature and external lighting, power points, smoke detectors, tv and data points, ceiling and exhaust fans, switchboard upgrades and three-phase upgrades. G6 Services also installs appliances, air conditioning, heating and hot water systems, and underfloor heating.

G6 Services provides detailed electrical safety reports. Electricians are on hand for emergency call outs.

Fully licensed, qualified and insured, G6 Services is highly experienced and proactive with ideas and knowledgeable advice. Work is quality assured and complies with relevant codes and standards.

G6 Services is owned and managed by Blake Harlock-Fletcher, who has 15 years’ experience in the trades. His team focuses on professional customer service and clear communications.

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2017494.

On Facebook, Allen Daltron wrote, “Blake and his team have quickly become our first point of call; the level of professionalism and their attention to detail is second to none. We were blown away after upgrading our garage lighting …”

6/79-81 Gladstone Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609

For related electrical services check out our article on the best home automation system installers, the best appliance repair services, the best oven repair services, the best washing machine services and the best security and alarm monitoring companies in Canberra. You may also like our articles on the best air-conditioning services or the best plumbers our city has to offer.

Your experience with electricians in Canberra

Special thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had any experience hiring electricians in and around Canberra? Which company did you use? Would you recommend it?

Share your experience in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to do small DIY electrical jobs at home?

Absolutely not. Apart from the fact it is illegal to undertake electrical work at home unless you are a qualified electrician, it is also extremely dangerous if you don't fully understand what you are doing. If you are a licensed tradie, then go for it, but everyone else must call upon the services of a fully trained and experienced electrical tradesperson.

What are the ramifications of illegal DIY electrical work?

In the worst case scenario: death. Electrical wiring work can be extremely dangerous so if you are unqualified and something goes wrong, the consequences can be fatal. There is also the possibility of causing a house fire. Fines also apply for performing illegal electrical wiring work around the home. For individuals, this can be as high as $40,000.

What DIY electrical work is legal for me to perform at home?

Some very basic electrical jobs can be carried out at home if you are unqualified. These include installing low voltage garden lighting and pond pumps; changing a blown light bulb; installing battery operated smoke alarms; replacing LED downlights; cutting openings for air-conditioning units but not installing them; and fitting an electric wall oven but not connecting it. For everything else, use one of Canberra's best trained electricians.

When should I arrange an electrical safety check?

At a minimum, you should call a qualified electrician to visit your home for an electrical safety check to ensure everything is in safe working order every five years. If your property is more than 25 years old, a safety check is highly recommended, or if you simply have any concerns about how electrical items in your home have been installed. If you are purchasing a property that has been occupied, an electrical safety check is essential so you know you are buying somewhere safe.

What is smart wiring and who can install it?

Smart wiring is a flexible industry wiring standard that enables the combination of several types of wires into a single platform for use with smart home systems and sensors. Once installed, it allows you to access multiple telephone, internet and pay TV options, as well as audio, security, automated home lighting and integrated garden irrigation. Smart wiring systems can only be installed by an accredited smart wiring technician.

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Parkinson Electrical have completed multiple work at my house and rental properties. Reliable, honest, great pricing and good quality. Highly recommend

Cynthia Lamshield7:14 pm 23 Mar 22

Harrison Electrican did a job for me and were terrific.

ToriChris Barbaro6:21 pm 23 Sep 21

CBR Electrical ? the best

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