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Domestic Electrical Installations and Minor works

AKD Electrical are proud to be SELECT and NICEIC registered Domestic Installers. Each year a number of our installations are formally inspected to ensure that both quality and safety are maintained.

The majority of the work we undertake comes by personal recommendation. We firmly believe a bad word travels a lot faster than a good one. It is with this in mind that we strive to provide the best possible service for our Customers.

Once complete the new work will be thoroughly tested to the latest British Standards and you will be issued with either a Minor Works Certificate or Installation Certificate depending on the size and type of work.

Besides being a nuisance, when the power goes off, there is usually a very good reason why.

Most people have extension leads in their homes, using 4-way bar adaptors to increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket.

However, although there is space to plug in four appliances, this does not mean it is always safe to do so. Different electrical appliances use different amounts of power. To avoid the risk of overheating and possibly fire, you should never plug into an extension lead or socket appliances that together use more than 13 amps or 3000 watts of energy.

Use the ESC calculator to plug in some typical household appliances to see the effect on the load, and to get useful tips on how to avoid overloading your sockets.

To avoid overloading your sockets and risk of fire, follow this simple advice:

  • Check the current rating of the extension lead before plugging appliances into it. Know its limit - most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only 10 A or less. The rating should be clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. If not, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions
     
  • Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that together will exceed the maximum current rating stated for the extension lead. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire
     
  • For an indication only of the current ratings of commonly-used domestic appliances - check out our information about Amps and Watts.
     
  • Only use one socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead, as this poses a greater risk of overloading your wall socket and the extension lead plugged into it
     
  • Use a multi-way bar extension lead rather than a block adaptor, as this will put less strain on the wall socket. Some block adaptors do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire.
     
  • Consider having additional sockets installed if you regularly rely on extension leads and adaptors - and use a registered electrician to carry out the installation work
     
  • Check regularly for the following danger signs:
    - a smell of hot plastic or burning near an appliance or socket
    - sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliance
    - blackness or scorch marks around a socket or plug, or on an appliance
    - damaged or frayed leads
    - coloured wire inside leads showing at the plug or anywhere else
    - melted plastic on appliance casings or leads
    - fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that operate for no obvious reason

Let AKD give you peace of mind

With many years of experience we are experts in the location and repair of faults with your electrical installation. 

Using the latest test devices we are able to locate and trace most faults within a short space of time. 

We are happy to provide you with an estimate for any repair prior to attending a call out. 

Call us if you are experiencing any of the following... 

  • Fuses or Circuits tripping

  • No lights or Power

  • Smells of Burning

  • Lights flickering

  • Crackling sounds

  • Damaged cables

  • Damaged Sockets/Lights/Accessories

  • Worried about the age of the electrics

The Socket Calculator has been brought to you by the Electrical Safety Council. For more safety information visit www.esc.co.uk

AKD is approved NICEIC and Select