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.
With Level Electrical Hume, clients get more than just proven expertise in electrical services. The skilled and experienced team provides the highest level of customer service and a seamless experience on every job, with a no-fuss approach.
As a full-service provider of electrical services, Level Electrical Hume’s fully qualified team of expert electricians covers all types of projects safely and efficiently, including planned jobs, scheduled maintenance and 24/7 emergency electrical services.
Level Electrical Hume handles residential, commercial, industrial and government work. This includes high-quality commercial design and installation. It also includes fast and reliable service for large-scale settings, with minimal disruption and downtime.
Specific services also cover: electrical vehicle charger installation; home media installations; lighting design; data and communications solutions; emergency lighting; test and tagging; solar maintenance; general electrical maintenance, installation and servicing; and electrical audits.
The electricians and apprentices at Level Electrical Hume maintain a fleet of fully equipped service vehicles and are fully licensed and insured. Accreditations include Australian Communications and Media Authority Telecommunications Master Cabler, Level 2 Authorised Contractor (NSW), and Clean Energy Council. Licenses cover elevated work platform, rigging and dogman. Level Electrical Hume holds a Work Place Clearance Group certification and a National Electrical Contractors Association membership.
Level Electrical Hume services Canberra, Fyshwick, Tuggeranong, Woden, and Belconnen. The team also services the surrounding NSW region.
On Google, Dale Wallace wrote, “I’m a repeat customer of this business and have never been disappointed. They’re always punctual and polite. Things get sorted quickly and don't cost the earth.”
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
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.”
Reliable, trustworthy and professional, True Connection Electrical has been servicing residential and small commercial clients with top-quality electrical needs in Canberra and surrounds since 2014.
Owner and founder Tim has over 10 years’ experience and is fully qualified. With a friendly approach and clear communications, True Connection Electrical manages regular and emergency electrical fixes. Tim also maintains property electrical needs for real estate agents, agencies and strata managers.
With True Connection Electrical, no residential job is too big or too small, including with extensions, renovations and new builds. All jobs are backed by a lifetime warranty on workmanship.
Services include installing appliances in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor living areas and entertainment spaces. True Connection Electrical makes internet connections faster and more reliable. Other services include installing new power points and switches, supplying and installing light fittings and ceiling fans, and replacing ageing smoke alarms.
Enquire through True Connection Electrical’s easy online form or call. Clients are guaranteed transparency with costs, reliability and cleanliness.
On Google, Jacqueline Bradley wrote, “Highly recommend True Connection Electrical! Tim was prompt and polite and kept me informed of where he was up to with my job throughout the entire process. He provided excellent customer service ...”
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
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Your experience with electricians in Canberra
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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.