Level 2 ASP electricians are qualified to carry out installations, repairs and maintenance work on service lines that run between a property, often called the point of attachment, (both business and residential) and the electrical supply network.
The point of attachment is where an overhead cable is connected to the property. These typically run from the street’s network to a roof apex, private pole, switchboard or the like. This is what lets power flow from the main network to the property’s source of power. Any power that runs from the point of attachment away from the house (towards the street) is where you need a licensed level 2 electrician. Anything power related from the point of attachment towards (inside) the house is work for your standard licensed electrician.
When may you need a Level 2 Licensed Electrician?
Emergencies – storm damage
When your standard electrician cannot perform the work they can call us
Level 2 work can include disconnection and re connection of the electrical supply, working on underground and overhead service lines, upgrading of the power supply, and installing and connecting electrical meters. To ensure the safety and reliability of NSW’s power supply, only Accredited Service Providers (ASPs) operating under the ASP Scheme can perform any work associated with the services listed above.
As such, any time your residential, industrial or business property needs work that involves the electrical supply network – whether you’re upgrading, renovating, experiencing a power supply failure, or you’ve moved into a new building – you must, by law, engage a Level 2 ASP to carry out the work.
At Glenco, we offer a range of quality, accredited Level 2 services to residential, industrial and commercial customers, including: 3-phase incoming power supplies; incoming power supply connections, power supply upgrades, new main switchboards & metering requirements, underground mains and sub mains, distribution switchboards, power distribution and general installations.
We are accredited to carry out the following:
Live Wiring Connection of service lines to the network
Overhead/Underground Service Lines Installation, repair and maintenance
Metering Installation and new connection assistance
Disconnections Disconnecting the premises from the network
Upgrade Mains Power Supply New steel poles, relocation of attachment and three phase power
Did you know that energy retailers are rolling out ‘smart’ meters for all commercial and residential sites?
What does this mean for my property?
This new legislation will result in all existing non digital electricity meters (80% of Sydney – old black disc ones) need to be upgraded in order to be operational (see link from Fair Trading for more information)
The multi tariff options will be cost effective in reducing your energy consumption which old meters can not to.
What is smart metering?
Smart metering is digitally based metering where your meters will be managed remotely.
The industry is moving towards ‘remote read’ metering that captures off peak, shoulder peak and peak rates.
This is to replace existing standard rate meters where an individual would come to site to read your meter.
What are the benefits of smart metering?
Reduced energy consumption
More accurate readings
Be able to monitor usage
Why are they doing this?
To replace outdated existing metering equipment that relies on human resource to inspect.
Is your switchboard compliant, compatible and ready for this change?
We can attend your property to carry out a full inspection and provide you with a report and costing to have your property ‘smart metering’ ready in preparedness for the new legislation.
To ensure your inspection is thorough and meets legislative compliance you will need to appoint a Level 2 qualified electrician to conduct this inspection.
What happens if you don’t upgrade to Smart metering?
Your meter will be replaced with a new digital meter with out the remote reading option, this means that you will have a flat rate for billing.
For more information please contact our Glenco ASP Electrical Division firstname.lastname@example.org or 9700 9996.
The Government wants to keep the powerful construction engine running, and they are not shy about it. If you qualify, Scott Morrison will chip in $25,000 to help you rebuild or renovate as part of the new HomeBuilder scheme.
Here is the eligibility criteria:
Must be a current or prospective owner-occupier, not an investor
Must be a natural person, not a company or trust
Must be an Australian citizen
Must earn $125,000 or less per year for singles and $200,000 or less for couples based on your last tax return which cannot be earlier than 2018/2019
How it can be used:
Grants must be spent to:
Build a new home as a principle place of residence valued up to $750,000 including land
Substantially renovate an existing home as a principle place of residence, with renovations valued at between $150,000 – $750,000 and the dwelling not valued at more than $1.5M before the renovation
You cannot use the grant for additions to the property that are not connected to the principle place of residence such as swimming pools, tennis courts, outdoor spas and saunas, nor detached structures such as sheds, garages or granny flats.
How long have I got?
To qualify, participants must enter into a building contract between 4 June and 31 December 2020
Construction must be contracted to commence within three months of the contract date
The scheme will not apply to investment properties and must be done and supervised by licensed builders and trades.
We know it is a lot of hoops to jump through and most of us won’t be able to benefit, however, whether you qualify for the grant or not, renovating is a great idea if you want to add value to your home or lifestyle.
Your home’s electrical panel is essential to keeping your lights on and appliances humming along. When everything is working fine, it’s easy to forget that this small but critical piece of equipment even exists. However, minor problems can develop into serious ones without regular care and maintenance, and these can eventually affect the safety of your home.
What Is an Electrical Panel?
The electrical panel is a small box that contains circuit breakers, which control the individual electrical circuits in your house. Electricity needs to flow, and circuits are the individual loops that it moves through. Most houses have multiple circuits to help spread the load out because modern lifestyles would overwhelm a single one.
Each circuit runs through its own breaker in the electrical panel. This is an essential safety device because the breakers are designed to turn off the electricity if they get overloaded. Without that, a sudden surge could damage your appliances and electronics or even cause a house fire.
Common Electrical Panel Problems
A variety of things can go wrong with your electrical panel, and you may have to deal with common issues at some time. Luckily, many are small and easy to fix, but some may require major repairs.
Tripped breakers are usually not a big problem. Often they’re just a sign that you’ve plugged in too many appliances to the same circuit or otherwise have overloaded the electrical panel. They can also sometimes be caused by outside power surges, such as a lightning strike somewhere else in the electrical grid. Most of the time, you simply need to turn the breaker back on; be sure to unplug any devices you suspect may be causing the problem first.
Some homes in Australia still use outdated technology, such as electrical panels with ceramic fuses. These old panels were originally considered safe and suitable for residential use, but as the amount of power the average consumer uses has increased, they’ve become a safety risk, although some older homes may still have them. These generally need to be replaced with residual current devices, which is a job that requires a professional electrician.
Rust and Corrosion
Corrosion is one of the most common long-term electrical panel problems. It occurs when the components are exposed to moisture, which reacts with the metal in the wiring. This can be through something as significant as a leak in the wall or something as easy to ignore as humidity in the air. If your electrical panel is located in a humid room, it may be wise to invest in a dehumidifier. Corrosion should be assessed by a qualified professional to determine whether it’s a safety issue and how to fix it.
This can be a little more difficult for the average resident to assess, but electricians run into it fairly frequently. It’s often the result of do-it-yourself repairs by previous residents. Problems can range from simply using the wrong size of wire for that circuit to making double-tap connections, where two wires are attached to the same lug. These can all cause issues with overloading and sparking.
Overcrowding is just what it sounds like — somewhere along the line, someone tried to fit too many circuits into one panel. Double-tapping is a common indication of overcrowding because there simply aren’t enough individual connection points for all the wires. Some boxes simply look crowded as well. If things seem messy, haphazard and crammed together so tightly they’re difficult to work with, you may have an overcrowded panel.
This problem often occurs when the electrical panel isn’t upgraded along with the rest of the system, or when new residents have a significantly increased power demand compared to previous residents. This demand places too much of a load on the circuits and panel, which leads to frequently tripped breakers and other problems. Often the only solution for this is to decrease power demands or to upgrade the panel.
How to Know if Your Electrical Panel Has a Problem
Although some issues can remain unnoticed for a long time, they may indicate problems. In addition to routinely checking your electrical panel for any visual issues, pay attention to these possible symptoms.
Circuits Tripping Frequently
Occasional tripped circuits are not a problem by themselves. Most people experience them from time to time, which is part of why the electrical panel is such an important safety device. However, if you’re experiencing them often, then something may be wrong. Frayed wires may be causing frequent small surges, or you may be routinely placing too many demands on your electrical system, which can lead to issues over time. An electrician can help you determine the cause of your problem.
Your electrical panel is supposed to help ensure your fixtures get a steady, reliable current, so if your lamps are regularly dimming and flickering, it could be a sign that something is wrong. This can also be caused by frayed wiring in your walls, loose connections or other potentially dangerous conditions.
Unusually High Bills
If you suddenly find yourself paying significantly more in your monthly utility bills without any increased usage, you may have an electrical problem. A faulty circuit can cause an apparent increase in usage, even if it isn’t actually being used. Getting an electrician to take a look could save you money over time.
Warm Walls Around the Panel
If you notice that your electrical panel and the surrounding wall are unusually warm to the touch, you may have an overloaded panel. The warmth is caused by excessive heat emanating from the overloaded wires.If you suspect your Sydney home has electrical panel problems, give us a call today on 02 9700 9996 or reach out to us online with any questions.
Commercial buildings rely heavily on the quality of the commercial electrical installation. While there are many YouTube videos that lead you to believe you can turn any task into a DIY project, commercial electrical installation shouldn’t be on that list. Electrical wiring for commercial buildings is complicated and dangerous. In this blog post, we list the top 11 reasons why you should leave the commercial electrical installation to the pros.
The first and most obvious reason to hire a professional for commercial electrical installation is safety. Electricians spend years learning their trade and then more years gaining experience in their field. When inexperienced people try to take on electrical work independently, they’re putting themselves in grave danger. According to the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council of Australia and New Zealand, in one year (from 2015-2016), 67% of all reports of electrocutions were from non-electricians or the general public. That goes to show you that when the nonprofessionals attempt electrical work, it often doesn’t go well.
On top of putting yourself in danger, you’re also risking the safety of your employees and customers. Incorrect electrical wiring for commercial buildings can lead to electrical shocks and fires, which can cause injuries, fatalities, lawsuits and loss of inventory. These risks alone should make the decision quite simple; hiring a professional commercial electrician is worth it every time.
Many people who try DIY projects end up causing more problems and calling the professionals anyway. This is true for complicated professions such as plumbing, electrical work and auto repair. If you attempt electrical wiring for commercial buildings on your own, you may cause more problems and end up with a more expensive bill at the end of the whole process.
As a business owner, you probably don’t have the time to sit down and learn everything you need to know about commercial electrical installations. Wiring for commercial buildings is a complicated process. The electrician often has to analyse the space to make installation decisions that are both logical and hidden. Your professional contractor will come in and get the job done as quickly as possible, allowing you to focus on business operations.
If the commercial electrical installation is impacting your business, for example, causing you to temporarily shut down or close off a portion of your space, getting the job done quickly allows you to return to regular business activity as soon as possible.
Your business likely has insurance to protect your property and interests. However, many business owners don’t realise that their insurance policies have clauses that can disqualify insurance payouts for improper actions. For example, attempting your own electrical wiring for commercial buildings can be seen as irresponsible. So, if your building has an electrical fire, and you can’t produce invoices that show you used a licensed, professional electrician, the insurance company may void your payout.
We recommend you hire the professionals and keep copies of your receipts for any insurance inquiries in the future.
6. Peace of Mind
Hiring a professional electrician gives you peace of mind that the job was done well. You know that you, your customers and your employees are all safe. Additionally, professionals install everything correctly, which extends the life of your electrical work.
Another reassurance is that professional contractors often offer a guarantee or warranty on their work. If you experience electrical issues shortly after installation, you can call the contractor to come back and rectify the problem.
7. Education and Certification
To be qualified to do a commercial electrical installation, an electrician needs to go to school and get certified. On top of schooling, electricians also go through practical experience on the job. All of this training makes them extremely qualified in their field. An electrician can provide you with tips and suggestions during the installation process to ensure you have the best system possible. This is a valuable experience that a DIY YouTube video simply can’t provide.
While going through the process of installing electrical wiring for commercial buildings, professional contractors often have a look around to make sure everything is performing optimally. Sometimes they notice issues you weren’t aware of that could blow up into much more significant problems. They can anticipate future issues, which may save you time and money.
9. The Latest Solutions
A professional contractor can offer valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies in commercial electrical installation. They may have suggestions for eco-friendly solutions that will save you money on utility costs and allow you to market yourself as environmentally conscious. Or, they may have fresh new technologies to share with you that can add flair to your commercial building. Whatever the case, these are ideas you likely wouldn’t have come up with on your own.
10. Device and Appliance Protection
Many businesses have devices and appliances in which they’ve invested hundreds or thousands of dollars. Whether this is computers, restaurant refrigerators or manufacturing equipment, all of these appliances are invaluable to your business operations. Improper electrical wiring for commercial buildings can damage this equipment. Also, device and appliance warranties often don’t cover improper electrical accidents.
11. Adherence to Building Codes
Your commercial building likely has a set of building codes all electrical work must adhere to. This can include things like how much load the breaker can handle or the gauge of wire needed. Professionals not only understand the building codes, but they will also complete wiring for commercial buildings that aligns with all the regulations.
You could be at risk of losing your commercial spot if your building management finds out you didn’t adhere to proper electrical regulations, resulting in extra expenses and disruption to your business operations.
Trust Glenco for Your Commercial Electrical Installation
Glenco is Australia’s top electrical company, offering licensed professional electricians at a competitive rate. We specialise in commercial and residential work, so we have the expertise to handle any job. Glenco is proudly a family-owned and operated business that has been providing electrical services to Sydney’s commercial market since 1988.When it comes to electrical wiring for commercial buildings, you don’t want to risk any hiccups with your installations. Leave it to the professionals. We will get the job done correctly and quickly and leave you knowing everything is working as it should be. Book a consultation with us today for a price quote on your commercial electrical installation. Connect with us online or by calling 02 9700 9996.
From 23 March 2020, NSW landlords and agents need to ensure that smoke alarms installed in properties are in working order.
Requirements for landlords and agents:
Where a smoke alarm is not in working order, landlords and agents must ensure the alarm is repaired (this includes replacing a battery) within 2 business days.
Landlords and agents must check smoke alarms every year to ensure they are working.
Landlords and agents must ensure:
Smoke alarms are replaced within 10 years of manufacture, or earlier if speciﬁed by the manufacturer
Batteries are installed or replaced every year (or for lithium batteries, in the period speciﬁed by the manufacturer).
Landlords and agents must give at least 2 business days’ notice to inspect or assess the need for smoke alarm repair or replacement, and at least 1 hour notice to carry out repair or replacement of a smoke alarm.
Requirements for tenants:
Tenants must notify their landlord or agent if they discover that a smoke alarm is not working (this includes when the battery needs to be changed).
Tenants must notify their landlord when they change a battery in a smoke alarm or engage a licensed electrician to repair or replace an alarm.
Reimbursement for repairs:
A tenant is entitled to reimbursement within 7 days after giving written notice of relevant expenses. The notice must detail the nature and cost of repairs together with copies of receipts or invoices. This does not apply to social housing tenants.
We hope the above information is useful for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
With all of us spending so much time inside and using our air-conditioners more often, we recommend you have your air-conditioner serviced to ensure optimal air quality and system functionality.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic we are spending up to 90% of our time indoors. Now is the crucial time for your AC units to be serviced.
Air filters can attract mould and dust, which hinders their performance. An overlooked service can lead to more serious problems and can increase energy consumption. Therefore, proper maintenance and regular checks are of the utmost importance for your Air-conditioner.
Glenco can help you employ the right strategies to eliminate or minimise the detrimental effects.
COMPREHENSIVE MAINTENANCE & HIGH PRESSURE CHEMICAL CLEAN
Not many people understand why a chemical clean is so important. Here is what we will do for you!
Your Air Conditioning will be properly checked and cleaned with an additional high pressure clean with a biodegradable, non-toxic wash. The wash contains special enzymes that will provide a deep clean of the coils and removes any odour causing materials. This is the most effective clean that will restore the working capacity of your Air Conditioning system.
We propose a comprehensive maintenance which will include the below scope of works:
• Clean return air filter where accessible • Clean indoor coil where accessible • Clean condensate drain and flush • Check/clean outdoor unit based off access off standard 6 foot ladder • Check water cooled condenser operation • Check and tighten electrical connections • Check and note any fault codes • Check and note operating pressures • Give supply registers a clean • Check and adjust controls as required • Catalogue model number/serial numbers of units • Operational test on heating and cooling (where available) • Any further issues that require repairs will be quoted
NEW INSTALLATIONS & REPLACEMENTS
A modern home can hardly be imagined without some kind of air conditioning or venting system. If you have an old air conditioner, replacing it with a new one is also recommended. Not only that, new air conditioners work better, but they also need less energy to keep your home cool/warm.
Please enquire on our latest air-conditioning technology, featuring smart home voice control and a revolutionary air purifying system.
The introduction of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility to reverse-cycle and cooling-only systems means you can have a smart home system with total climate control and comfort. Voice control can be used for hands-free tasks like turning the system on and off, switching between operating modes, managing temperature settings and more.
Your new AC can deliver more than just cooling or heating solutions. You can benefit from all the ventilation and purification technologies developed to improve your indoor air quality by reducing or removing the invisible nasties in your home, giving you peace of mind in the quality of your air.
REPAIRS & BREAKDOWNS
When you are choosing your air conditioning system, or you have a faulty unit, you want to make sure you are in the right hands. We work with highly trusted brands and make sure we are comfortable with the quality of all of our work before we leave your property. We can install any brands that you would like in your home or property.
In order for your family to enjoy a healthy and cosy home during the COVID-19 pandemic, call Glenco to service, repair or install your air- conditioning needs.
Installing an integrated home/property security system is an easy way to prevent unwanted intruders. We have all heard the stories of burglars and how they can track our valuable assets, not just the devices but also anything connected to a shared network in our homes.
If you are a landlord, the safety of your tenants and properties is often of major concern. The good news is that some simple steps can be taken to improve the security of your home and to reduce the risk of breakup or theft.
Our services include:
New installation of CCTV cameras, with desktop and mobile app viewing, for your private and or commercial properties
Reed switches – arming your doors and windows during the night whilst you are in your property
Five tips for managing your security system
Take these quick steps to prevent intruder attacks from your property. It’s worth investing in a security system so it can protect your property. Common awareness practices with an efficient security system can help prevent any accidents from happening and ensure the safety of your family and business.
1. Don’t Keep Things On Display
It might be enough to allow burglars to move into the next house without appearing like you have got a lot of valuables that could get robbed. Hold it in the driveway if you have a fancy car. Keep the windows closed at night if you have an expensive television. Not every crime includes breaking and entering. The holidays have become a prime time for package robbery with more online gift shoppers each year. Don’t keep delivery on the doorway for long if you have ordered something costly. If you are worried about your presents getting in the hands of a thief, you have to invest in home security set up with a doorbell, camera, and a smart lock. This helps you to ensure the safe delivery of parcels with just your mobile security app installed. It is an easier alternative for valuable goods to stay at home and far smarter than casualties.
2. Strengthen Entrance Point
The most popular entry points for burglars are doors and windows. Regrettably, window latches are not always effective, and at times quite weak. If you are not satisfied with the function of your window latches, then it is imperative to improve safety by means of locks or keys. It would be best if you didn’t take any risks with your home’s security. It is recommended that the outside doors should be steel or strong wood with a thickness of at least 3/4 cm. Buy locks or burglar-resistant glass, so that your windows can be secured. Just secure them with a metal bar if your home has sliding glass doors or curtains. Naturally, a safety alarm is also helpful. If the system is broken, we recommend one which rings an external service.
3. Maintain Your Top Floor Protected
Although the doors and windows on the first floor may be secured for daily use, we sometimes forget to make sure our access points on the second floor are just as secured. Window alarms, glass break detection, and locks are also essential in order to prevent burglars from trying to enter the second floor of your house. Make sure that at night or while you are out, you must shut the doors and that smart plugs are used to light a lamp so that you can tell if somebody other than you is turning on the lights. The upper portion windows are considered to be the lowest entry point. Although most home security devices provide window detectors that sound an alarm if there is a burglar, and you should take certain steps to make sure it’s not even hit. One is the locks on the windows. These mighty and cheap locks are suitable for use on cellar doors and windows of the first floor and limit burglars from getting access to your building.
4. Add Camera Surveillance
Today’s market provides many great security systems, both indoor and outdoor, which are accessible and convenient for the homeowner. What’s really important is where you choose to install them. The game plans for strategising, arranging, and deploying the surveillance devices are the complete guide to home safety camera deployment. For any house, CCTV is a great choice. Modern-day security companies can compensate for all CCTV upgrades or modifications on shared areas or inside a property’s walls. They propose the best safety options and takes account of your unique and individual requirements. In order to do this, you need a trustworthy CCTV installer. It is imperative to work with products that we know will be reliable and work well for your monitoring and alarm system requirements.
5. Deploy Management Systems And Access Control
Access control devices are usually installed in Sydney’s business premises. It encompasses large and small businesses and many smaller houses. The access control mechanisms provide biometrics, double coded token, and wireless IP-technology fob key credentials. At this point, the protection of your estate is second to none, which enables you to inspect individuals and activity over long periods in your property or assets. In all areas of Sydney, reputable security agencies sell access control services on commercial properties. These are end-to-end systems that integrate with your alarm systems and CCTV surveillance systems that greatly improve your safety. Their expertise in the safety and business sector ensures that when it comes to setting security strategies for your estate, you can rely on their expert advice. Moreover, their access control systems can ensure that your property is as safe as possible.
Tradies Health Month, and we are asking tradies to make their health and the
health of their co-workers a priority.
the month of August Glenco has been focused on educating their tradies on
the importance of full-body health and safety.
research from The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) showed that
while attitudes toward health and safety have improved, the organisation found
some perspectives “concerning”.
State of the tradie:
88 % – take care of the tools but only 60 per cent look after their body and mental health 70 % – consider themselves fit and try to eat healthy 69 % – believe it’s normal to be sore as a result of their work 25 % – are comfortable to talk to a co-worker about a mental health issue affecting their work 32 % – don’t follow safe lifting guidelines 42 % – push their body past healthy limits 48 % – haven’t taken a sick day in the past six months
Source: Australian Physiotherapy Association Tradies Health survey 2019
this in mind, Glenco has put together a list of handy tips and hints tailored
to the needs of a tradie.
BASICS OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
1. STAY ALERT – and stay alive. The more awake you are the less likely you are to get hurt. If you are unsure- ask. Don’t guess and muddle through. Make sure you know in advance the correct, safe way to do it.
2. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES – Always wear work clothes that fit properly and use protective clothing and equipment fit properly.
3. USE THE RIGHT TOOLS – if you need a hammer, get a hammer. Make sure your tools are in good condition.
4. LEARN HOW TO LIFT – Lifting takes more than muscle; it is an art. Don’t try to show how strong you are – get help if you need it.
5. DON’T BE A PRANKSTER – practical jokes and horseplay can be dangerous. If you feel the urge to play, resist it until after work.
6. BE TIDY – Good housekeeping reduces hazards. Always put away tools when they are not in use. Keep the floors clean, pick up scraps, wipe up spills. A slip or trip can be fatal.
7. REPORTING IS IMPORTANT – Never fail to report incidents, defective equipment, and unsafe conditions.
8. GET FIRST-AID or MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY – if you’re hurt – even if it seems minor. Neglect of the injury may lead to serious infection, lost time, and even permanent injury.
9. BACK YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM – If you have an idea you believe will reduce incidents, tell your supervisor about it. Set an example by obeying safety rules.
10. NEVER TAKE A CHANCE – Next, to sheer carelessness, the short cut is probably the biggest killer of all. To save a minute or two, you may lose a lifetime. Whatever you are doing, if you are not doing it safely, you are not doing it right!!