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.

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

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
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.”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 2017494.

81 Heagney Cresent Chisholm
Chisholm ACT 2905

CBR Electrical Contractors

Established in 2019, CBR Electrical Contractors is able to cater to all of your electrical needs. CBR Electrical provides a wide range of services from commercial and residential installation, 24/7 emergency callouts and testing and faultfinding to LED lighting upgrades, smoke alarm testing and green energy installations. The team behind CBR Electrical, with over 20 years of experience between them, prides themselves on their professionalism, reliability and efficiency.

On Facebook, Lee-Anne Horvat writes, These guys are great, very professional. I will be only using them in future for all my electrical work. A complete pleasure.

ACT Licensed Electrician:  20201564

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.

ACT Licensed Electrician: 20121264

Complete Electrical Service

Established in 1970, Complete Electrical Services have built an impressive reputation for excellence that spans decades. Specialising in residential electrical solutions, their full-service offering includes the design, installation, and maintenance of home electrical systems.

Complete Electrical Service provides emergency and preventative electrical maintenance; installation of audio visual and lighting systems; along with the design and installation of heating and cooling systems.

Stephen Hunter shared his experience with the team on Google, Friendly, efficient and reliable service. Highly recommended.”

ACT Licensed Electrician: 200921

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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62 Responses to The best electricians in Canberra
Scarlet Goddard Scarlet Goddard 6:06 pm 25 Sep 21

Jared McDonald Eric Ison so hard to choose between the two of you 🥺

    Jared McDonald Jared McDonald 6:09 pm 25 Sep 21

    Scarlet Goddard Eric Ison has me covered

    Eric Ison Eric Ison 6:31 pm 25 Sep 21

    Scarlet Goddard were Simon and Nathan unavailable haha

    Nathan Evans Nathan Evans 8:06 pm 25 Sep 21

    Scarlet Goddard yeah wow thanks.. 😂

    Nathan Evans Nathan Evans 8:12 pm 25 Sep 21

    Scarlet Goddard nupp I see how it is 🤔😂

Michael Darman Michael Darman 11:19 am 25 Sep 21

Good on ya Scott Mukojid and the Detlev Team for the write up. 👍🤗.

Ķurt Hýslop Ķurt Hýslop 12:25 am 25 Sep 21

Cbr electricial

Fred Hoitink Fred Hoitink 9:53 pm 24 Sep 21

I vote Mikey 2👍

Jacinta Manning Jacinta Manning 8:31 pm 24 Sep 21

Does anyone know of a good auto electrician who does work on caravans?

Reversing cameras, extra 12 volt plugs in the car, 12v ceiling fan rewiring and an anti theft system?

David Grady David Grady 3:31 pm 24 Sep 21

Switchsmart Electrical Pty Ltd

Nadine Glanville Nadine Glanville 2:21 pm 24 Sep 21

JB Electrical - fantastic service and competitively priced

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Switched On Electrical Services for sure! 👍

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Cat West Cat West 6:20 am 24 Sep 21

Definitely CBR Electrical Contractors they are fantastic!

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Killing it CBR Electrical! 🙌🙌🙌

Frank Barbaro Frank Barbaro 7:13 pm 23 Sep 21

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Cat Tyler Cat Tyler 7:07 pm 23 Sep 21

Sally Waters ! She’s an awesome electrician and facilities careers for women in the trade!

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