Sometimes people may face electrical issues in their HDB. Though, many people are unaware if the issues they are facing are major and if they need to be addressed urgently. No matter the case, the first step is to always try to identify the problem at hand either on your own or with the help of an HDB electrician. Most of the time though people will call for the help of an HDB electrician as they lack the technical knowledge. Any electrical problem people face becomes an inconvenience even if the problem is minor. This is because this disrupts the daily life of individuals and other things have to be done to either work around the problem or solve it. This is why calling for an HDB electrician is something people should do as soon as they face an electrical problem in their HDB flats. This will allow them to continue their daily lives as normal without any disruption and they will be at peace of mind as a professional is helping them with the problem.
Table of Contents
- Important HDB Guidelines For Planning Electrical Works
- 6 Common Electrician Services Offered By A HDB Electrician
- Guide On Selecting A HDB Electrician
- Getting To Know Your HDB Electrical Components
- Case Study
Before having your light switch replaced or the ceiling fan installed, you should first learn about some guidelines prescribed by the Housing & Development Board (HDB). These guidelines protect the safety of homeowners who are planning electrical works by ensuring that they follow general electrical safety tips while doing electrical maintenance.
Here are some HDB guidelines to remember when planning electrical works.
Important HDB Guidelines For Planning Electrical Works
All Singaporean HDB residents are legally mandated to follow HDB guidelines. These guidelines apply to all HDB services you wish to engage in, such as electrical switch installation or light installation.
Whether you are in need of an electrical installation or electrical repair, you will need to hire a professional electrician with an HDB permit to do the required services for you. Those who fail to adhere to this may get penalized. Moreover, trying to facilitate electrical works on your own risks accidents such as electrical shocks, and further damage may be caused during a DIY electrical repair.
Besides hiring an HDB electrician, HDB guidelines also mandate the following when it comes to HDB permits:
- Before having any form of electrical troubleshooting or repairs done, you need to ensure that your flat has a current electrical loading of at least 40 amps. In that case, you can apply for an HDB permit on your own. Otherwise, you will need to hire an HDB electrician to facilitate services for you.
- HDB flats completed on or after 1st January 1994 are considered to have undergone main upgrading/home improvement. In that case, their homeowners do not need to apply for an HDB permit to conduct electrical works or electrical troubleshooting.
Why Should I Obtain A HDB Permit?
As a homeowner, it is vital to obtain all HDB permits you need for any electrical services such as distribution box repairs or light switch replacements. Permits ensure that any works done will not affect your home structure. They are also needed to guarantee electrical installation safety measures.
Some homeowners want to have electrical works done such as a power socket installation but are unsure about their home’s electrical loading capacity. In that case, you can seek confirmation from the HDB block e-service system. Simply enter your postal code to see whether you need a permit or not.
When Should I Hire An HDB Electrician?
As mentioned, any sort of electrical work that you need is best done by an HDB electrician. That way, the risk for light installation problems and other electrical issues occurring is reduced.
Hire or call an electrical contractor with an HDB license in case you require the following:
- Repairs, installations, and modifications to electrical wiring.
- Circuit breaker or consumer control unit repairs or replacements.
- Electrical power point extensions, additions, or replacements (e.g. electrical switches, lighting points, or power sockets)
Booking a reliable electrician with an HDB license is relatively easy to do. In fact, whether it be electrical switch repair or electrical wiring repairs, most HDB electricians are immediately available for servicing shortly after booking. Moreover, you can consult their customer service representatives if you encounter any problems, especially when doing electrical works for the first time.
What Should I Remember When Hiring An Electrician?
For reliable non-emergency or emergency electricians, it is recommended that you engage a licensed electrician from LEW, EMA, or BCA. When choosing a professional electrician, you should always hire a licensed electrician. That way, you can ensure that they have the required expertise and skills to handle any kind of electrical task.
How Can I Best Obtain High-quality Electrical Products?
If you are looking for high-quality electrical accessories and wiring products, then feel free to engage an electrical contractor for help. Most electrical contractors are well-equipped to deal with various types of electrical accessories such as home light installations, light switches, circuit breakers, electrical outlets, and more. Moreover, they can help you ensure that any electrical products you buy are durable enough to last the long term.
If you are looking to engage an HDB electrician to perform electrical works for you, here are some common services an HDB electrician can offer that you may be interested in.
6 Common Electrician Services Offered By A HDB Electrician
1. Electrical Installations
If you try to install electrical appliances yourself, electrical damage can occur which can cause high power consumption. Having a reliable electrician do an electrical installation reduces the risk of damaged appliances.
2. Power Trip/Power Failure Services
An HDB electrician can conduct power trip/power failure servicing. They will inspect your home’s wiring layout, components, and electrical system to confirm the cause of the power failure. A professional will also know if your house needs a new circuit breaker or an electrical wiring repair/replacement.
3. Light Installations
Light installation services can install new lights or replace your existing ones. The electrician usually chooses a suitable bulb, sets up the wiring and electrical outlets. They might also install fixtures such as lamps and fittings.
4. Electrical Switch Services
Various types of electrical switches can become damaged- such as water heater switches, doorbell switches, and light switches. Electrical switch servicing involves closely inspecting the switch and electrical wiring to identify the problem, then the electrician may conduct electrical rewiring, switch repair, or a complete switch replacement.
5. Power Socket Services
If you have insufficient power sockets at home, you should go for power socket servicing to install more electrical sockets. During power socket installations, your electrician will determine the right voltage limit for your sockets, to prevent overloading whenever multiple appliances are plugged in. They may also do some drilling and cutting during the power socket installation.
6. Circuit Breaker Services
During HDB circuit breaker trips and short circuits, the circuit breaker inside the distribution box can get damaged. Circuit breaker services will be able to repair or change your DB box or circuit breaker.
When selecting an HDB electrician for various electrical services, you should confirm that you are hiring a licensed electrician. To do so, check if they have the proper HDB license card. This should include their name, photo, license number, identity card number, date of issue, and period of validity.
If you are still unsure, here is a guide on choosing an HDB electrician.
Guide On Selecting A HDB Electrician
- Check their company’s reviews and ratings
Most electrical maintenance companies have their reviews and ratings listed online. When verifying your electrician’s eligibility to conduct electrical servicing, read the online reviews about their company first to get a better idea of the quality of their works.
- Seek recommendations
You can ask your friends, relatives, and associates for recommendations regarding their experience with electrical services, as their opinions would likely be more accurate than the reviews online.
- Conduct a background check
Conduct a background check by verifying their profile, the number of employees they have, certifications, and portfolio of electrical works. In addition, try to check if they have conducted proper screening of their employees.
- Review their prices
You should compare the price quotations of an HDB electrician’s electrical services to those of other electricians and contractors. The prices of the electrician should be similar and do not heavily exceed the market price. For example, prices for minor work such as light driver replacement should be reasonable. An experienced electrician or electrical contractor should be able to draft an estimate. You should ask them to provide a rough pricing for the work you require and a timeframe for completion.
Once you have engaged the services of an HDB electrician, you should familiarise yourself with your HDB electrical components so that you can maintain them well to prevent such issues from recurring again.
Getting To Know Your HDB Electrical Components
When you encounter common electrical problems in HDB flats such as power failure, it is advisable to contact an HDB Electrician. However, some electrical problems can be easily resolved yourself if you have knowledge regarding HDB electrical components. Here are the main components of HDB electrical hardware and wiring below to understand better.
One of the main units in the home installed by a licensed electrician is the consumer unit. This is an electrical distribution board containing one or more double pole Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB), a Residual Current Circuit breaker (RCCB), single pole MCBs, and terminals.
Power Trip Scenarios and Solutions
|Reason for MCB Trip||Ways to resolve trip|
|The circuit is overloaded||1. Switch off all the appliances and devices connected to the circuit.
2. Switch on the MCB that has tripped.
3. If the MCB trips again, the issue may be caused by the wiring or the MCB In that case, it is best to contact a reliable electrician.
4. If the MCB does not trip again, there may be a problem with one of the appliances. It is best to switch on each appliance one by one to detect the faulty appliance. A power failure will happen again when the faulty appliance is switched on.
5. The faulty appliance, once identified, should be sent for repairs or be replaced.
|Reason for RCCB Trip||Ways to resolve trip|
|The amount of current entering and leaving a device differs||1. Switch off all appliances and devices connected to the circuit.
2. Next, Switch on the RCCB to reset it.
3. If the RCCB can be reset, the issue is. caused by faulty wiring or appliance
4. If the RCCB trips again, this is due to faulty earthing of the appliances and wiring.
You would need to engage an electrical contractor to repair this.
Plugs And Sockets
Power sockets installed in Singapore are designed to accommodate plugs safer than other sockets. Its insulated pins prevent electrical shocks. The plug also includes a fuse to prevent damage to the plug, wiring, and electrical appliances connected.
Electrical Plugs And How To Maintain Them
The different parts of an electrical plug are as follows:
- Terminals for connecting the line or phase, neutral, and earth wires of the cable. Typically, the cable used will have a brown wire for line, blue for neutral, and green/yellow for earth
- A 13-ampere fuse for protection
- White plastic enclosure with a hole for the cable
- Screws to affix the cover on the plug
Before the plug is used, the cable should be properly installed in the plug. To install, take off the cover, cable sheath, and insulation then affix the cables onto the corresponding plug terminals. You can also contact a HDB electrician to install it for you.
Electrical Maintenance Tips
Here are some electrical maintenance tips to ensure the longevity of your appliances and wiring.
- Appliances should only be connected after checking the socket rating
- Ensure that the cables are not damaged. If they are, you should opt for an electrical wiring upgrade.
- Unplug appliances that are not in use
Common Electrical Problems And Solutions
|Blown Fuse||Replace the defective fuse with a new use of the proper rating|
|Loose Wiring Connection||Ensure that the wires are tightly connected to the sockets|
|Appliance Connected is Faulty||Repair or replace the faulty appliance|
Fuse Blows Frequently Or Plug Overheat
|Overloaded Circuit||Only plug in essential appliances to reduce the load on the circuit|
|Loose Wiring Connection Causing Shorts||Ensure that the plugs are properly fixed into the socket
Check the wiring to ensure that there are no loose wire strands
If your electrical wiring is more than twenty years old, you should get it inspected by a licensed HDB electrician. After conducting inspections, the HDB electrician will submit a form to the HDB to begin the needed works. The HDB will inspect first before approving the completed wiring repair or replacement works.
Choose Daylight Electrician Singapore
If you are unable to troubleshoot electrical issues yourself, you should engage the services of an HDB electrician. If you are looking for a reliable electrician to solve your HDB electrical issues, feel free to hire one from Daylight Electrician Singapore. We make sure that our electricians are properly licensed and well-trained to solve various electrical works. See our price list to get an overview of our servicing costs.
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