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As we live in a time where every day activities are simply unimaginable without the use of electric equipment, the maintenance and repairs of dozens of electrical appliances we use at home on daily basis is a regular activity. The costs of these actions range from minimal to substantial, depending on the severity of the malfunction and very often the manner in which we use the aforementioned appliances. What ever the price is, there is a way that costs can be cut. Here is how to do it.

An hourly quote may be misleading
You have probably come across a wide range of hourly rates while you were searching for an authorized electrician the last time you had an issue that needed to be solved. The difference may exceed a 100$ per hour for the same type of repair. However tempting it may be to hire someone who works for half the price, it is very often the difference in skill that is the reason for such a big difference and it may take an inexperienced electrician three or four times longer to fix the problem. Therefore, an hourly price makes a difference only when you narrow the choice to two equally skilled professionals.

Keep your control panel perfectly organized
As you are already well aware, time is money when it comes to repairs. To save it while troubleshooting the exact location of the problem and shutting off the exact line leading to it, your control panel needs to be perfectly organized, that is, every circuit breaker clearly marked and the wiring route it is responsible for known. By doing this you will not have to waste your time trying out all of them in order to find the one to shut off in order to fix your bedroom night lamp socket, for example.

Do several repairs at a time instead of one
There is no need to call the electrician every time you have a small issue that needs to be solved. Instead, make a list of small things that need fixing as they come along and call the repair man once there are several things that need addressing. You will save on travelling expenses and probably be able to get a bundle discount.

Preventive maintenance
Just like it is the case with any other regularly used items, a preventive maintenance is shoulder to shoulder with the proper use when it comes to avoiding unnecessary repairs and prolonging the perfect working order and life span of the appliances. For example, if you service your air-conditioning system regularly and in compliance with the manufacturer’s instruction, it will surely significantly outlive the non maintained one and provide faultless operation all along, advise Sydney-based experts for aircon repairs. Naturally, the same goes for all other electrical appliances.

DIY repairs
As time passes, and the number of repairs by the electrician you were present on even if you had no previous knowledge about or experience with any electric repairs accumulates, there will surely come a time when you will feel you could give some of them a try yourself. In fact, a great number of small electric repairs are the ones you can safely do yourself. Start gradually and work your way through them, this will potentially save you a lot of money and enable you to save a fund for any serious repairs that may eventually occur.

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