The best electricians in Canberra

Stuart from Complete Electrical Service standing next to service vehicle.

Stuart McMaster from Complete Electrical Service, one of Canberra’s most trusted electricians. Photo: Region Media.

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 also 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.

Detlevs team photo

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.”

Unit 1/88 Sheppard Street
Hume ACT 2620
Complete Electrical Service

Complete Electrical Service

Complete Electrical Service is one of Canberra’s leading electrical providers. The team prides itself on using premium quality products and materials, always prioritising customer service, and handling every project from start to finish.

Complete Electrical Service electricians are selected for their personality and electrical skills. They receive ongoing training in the latest techniques to ensure their work is safe, efficient and delivered to a superior standard.

They offer an on-time guarantee and free testing of safety switches with every job. Additionally, if you book online you save 10 per cent on the service call fee.

Here is what happy customer Paul had to say about his experience with Complete Electrical Service: “Excellent service. They were able to provide someone at short notice for a quote, and again at short notice for repairs. The electricians were friendly, easy to talk to, did great work and, unprompted, offered suggestions to reduce my power bills, which I will be taking up. They are now in my phone as the go-to electricians.”

Unit 4, 16 Grimwade Street
Mitchell ACT 2911
G6 Electrical

G6 Electrical

G6 Electrical is a local business providing the full range of electrical and air-conditioning services—installation, maintenance and servicing.

Fully licensed, qualified and insured, G6 Electricals’ qualified electricians have years of experience and are professional and prompt. Electricians are always on hand to provide ideas and advice, based on budget. Work is of the highest quality and quality assured. Safety and security is front and centre and no project is too small or large.

G6 Electrical provides electrical services for lighting, data and security needs. They install air-conditioning units. G6 Electrical also does full bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovations, including electrical requirements.

G6 Electrical has a reputation for communicating clearly to clients on all electrical projects, so there are no hidden surprises.

On Facebook, Bradley Bool wrote, “I recommend Blake for all your electrical needs. He did a great job installing all new down lights in my place giving it a new look.”

81 Heagney Cresent Chisholm
Chisholm ACT 2905
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.

Mark Rawstorn Electrical

Mark Rawstorn is an experienced Canberra electrician providing electrical installation, maintenance and repair to residential and commercial spaces. Quality, safety and professional service are Mark’s priorities, and he has been recognised for delivering excellence in the capital region by business review company Three Best Rated. Catering for all domestic electrical jobs such as lighting, wiring and switchboard upgrades, he operates Monday to Friday plus Saturday by appointment, and on Sunday for emergency call-outs.

Sparks Fly Electrical

Sparks Fly Electrical is a leading Canberra electrical services company that prides itself on delivering quality, professional service and workmanship. With years of experience in the construction industry, the dedicated team of qualified tradies are committed to satisfying the electrical needs of every customer. Their expertise extends across residential and commercial premises, and no job is too big or too small, from power point installations to complete commercial fit-outs. Plastering services are also available and can be quoted as part of your job if you require holes repaired from the repositioning of switches, lights, fans and other appliances.

JM Electrical Solutions

Family-owned and locally operated, JM Electrical Solutions offers 24/7 electrical services throughout the Canberra region. With customer service their priority, they guarantee premium electrical work and value for money. Offering a full range of domestic electrical installations – including switchboard upgrades, wiring safety inspections, security lighting, ceiling fans, smoke detectors and TV antennas – you are guaranteed the job will be done right. They also specialise in the supply and fitting of air-conditioning units. With no hidden fees and years of experience, JM Electrical Solutions is a professional company you can trust.

For related electrical services check out our article on the best home automation system installers 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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