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Do i need an emergency electrician?

Electrical emergencies in your home need to be dealt with urgently because what can start off as a wire failing to trip (due to a faulty circuit breaker) can soon turn into a fire that you might not be aware of while it is still manageable and only become aware of once the fire is out of control. If you hear a humming or buzzing sound coming from the electrical breaker box, you need to urgently contact an electrician because it is the start of your system about to fail as is noticing a black burn mark or smelling a burnt smell around a plug outlet from your electrics being overloaded. An obvious electrical emergency is if your home is the only home plunged into darkness while the rest of the street still has lighting, and your utility supplier has no known issues, you would need to call on a qualified electrician to discover the cause of your power outage.

Tips on how not to be taken advantage of by an electrician in my time of panic

Before you begin your search for the right electrician for you, to minimise any damage to your home in the time it will take for the electrician to be with you, cut off the main power supply to your house by switching down the main switch on your circuit breaker. If you know which plug outlet is causing the overload, pull the plug out of the wall socket and do not attempt to put it back in. If there is a small fire, immediately cut off the mains power to disconnect the electricity and never put water on an electrical fire to extinguish it as water is a natural conductor of electricity and you can get electrocuted, rather smother a small fire with some baking soda if you have it nearby. Call the emergency fire department to take advice in case there is a chance of the fire spreading quickly.

No matter how desperate you are in your time of crisis needing an emergency electrician, do not be tempted to shortcut and settle for a non-qualified electrician. Dealing with home electrics is a skilled job were bad faulty workmanship and wiring will endanger your life. Make sure the electrician has an industry recognised qualification, such as a Level 3 NVQ diploma. Choose an electrician associated with National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), as they will be assessed to the highest standards which will provide safety for you having them work in your home.

Once you are in contact with the electrician, ask them to explain what they will check and repair. Let them know what access to the wiring is like and if you have any house plans of the electrics from when you bought your home on hand. Explain in detail any smells or noises, letting the electrician know if you are able to pin-point the location of the smells and noises. Get confirmation that when the electrician arrives, whether they can carry out the repair or not, they will ensure that your property is made safe. If there is to be repair or installation work, insist on being left with an electrical installation certificate stating that your work meets the British Standard for electrical safety, BS7671.

Agree on a call out fee, before the electrician comes out so that there is no ‘beard scratching’ awkward moment on what to charge based on how panicked you seem. If the electrician is due out of hours (which always seems to be when emergency situations happen!) understand that there will often be a mark-up on the call-out fee. Ask the electrician if they have common spare parts (e.g isolation switches, cable connectors, plug socket face plates…) kept in their van to eliminate the need of needing to pay another call-out fee to come back and replace the problematic parts. Do not get spoken into paying any money upfront before the electrician arrives, you should only be presented with an invoice at the end of the initial call-out. Before the electrician arrives best to find out their preferred payment method because if it is after hours you might not have any cash in the house and it might not be convenient to leave the electrical fault to go and draw out cash so it is better to then have the conversation about other payment options.

While on the phone with the electrician, if speaking to them on their mobile try get a landline number as well as a physical address for their office so if there are any issues on-going you will be able to contact the tradesperson rather than them disappear and leave your electrical issue still damaged.

Finding an electrician to get me out of my jam

In your time of predicament, it can be difficult while panicked to quickly decide where to start calling to find a qualified emergency electrician without paying an arm and a leg for the emergency service. HaMuch.com helps you find affordable and qualified electricians, putting you in touch with them instantly to arrange a suitable time to get to your home and help you with your emergency.

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Emergency Electrician Rates: hourly and daily rates
Electrician: Emergency Hourly and Daily rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Electrician near Aberdeen£37£350
Electrician near Aberdeenshire£37£350
Electrician near Amber Valley£40£312
Electrician near Angus£25£200
Electrician near Arun£34£238
Electrician near Ashfield£36£284
Electrician near Aylesbury Vale£50£270
Electrician near Barnsley£31£244
Electrician near Basildon£52£274
Electrician near Basingstoke & Deane£54£288
Electrician near Bassetlaw£27£226
Electrician near Bath & North East Somerset£29£234
Electrician near Bedford£55£340
Electrician near Belfast£20£164
Electrician near Birmingham£34£237
Electrician near Blackburn£47£310
Electrician near Blackpool£28£200
Electrician near Bolton£37£222
Electrician near Bournemouth£44£275
Electrician near Bracknell Forest£58£288
Electrician near Bradford£60£244
Electrician near Braintree£59£349
Electrician near Bridgend£25£250
Electrician near Brighton£43£310
Electrician near Bristol£29£224
Electrician near Broadland£42£250
Electrician near Broxtowe£34£285
Electrician near Bury£25£180
Electrician near Caerphilly£31£208
Electrician near Calderdale£56£220
Electrician near Cambridge£56£300
Electrician near Canterbury£47£290
Electrician near Cardiff£25£172
Electrician near Carmarthenshire£27£208
Electrician near Charnwood£37£193
Electrician near Chelmsford£41£276
Electrician near Cheltenham£40£400
Electrician near Cherwell£41£266
Electrician near Chester£38£160
Electrician near Colchester£41£212
Electrician near Conway£21£170
Electrician near Coventry£32£204
Electrician near Crewe & Nantwich£100£800
Electrician near Dacorum£42£305
Electrician near Derby£40£312
Electrician near Doncaster£23£244
Electrician near Dover£23£180
Electrician near Dudley£34£237
Electrician near Dumfries & Galloway£30£200
Electrician near Dundee£35£300
Electrician near East Ayrshire£30£225
Electrician near East Devon£38£240
Electrician near East Dunbartonshire£47£290
Electrician near East Hampshire£35£280
Electrician near East Hertfordshire£35£256
Electrician near East Lindsey£24£144
Electrician near East Riding£45£350
Electrician near Eastleigh£89£304
Electrician near Edinburgh£18£105
Electrician near Elmbridge£33£248
Electrician near Epping Forest£60£300
Electrician near Erewash£38£298
Electrician near Exeter£38£240
Electrician near Falkirk£35£242
Electrician near Fife£26£204
Electrician near Flintshire£36£262
Electrician near Gateshead£26£200
Electrician near Gedling£35£273
Electrician near Glasgow£40£262
Electrician near Gloucester£34£300
Electrician near Guildford£62£342
Electrician near Gwynedd£33£206
Electrician near Harrogate£35£198
Electrician near Havant & Waterloo£52£364
Electrician near Horsham£48£264
Electrician near Huntingdonshire£55£300
Electrician near Ipswich£40£225
Electrician near Isle of Wight£52£364
Electrician near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£20£150
Electrician near Kingston-upon-Hull£28£218
Electrician near Kirklees£60£240
Electrician near Lancaster£22£187
Electrician near Leeds£55£230
Electrician near Leicester£36£163
Electrician near Lisburn£20£180
Electrician near Liverpool£35£350
Electrician near Luton£43£314
Electrician near Macclesfield£25£185
Electrician near Maidstone£89£336
Electrician near Manchester£25£177
Electrician near Mid Bedfordshire£45£312
Electrician near Mid Sussex£36£224
Electrician near Middlesbrough£35£280
Electrician near Milton Keynes£49£310
Electrician near Neath Port Talbot£48£312
Electrician near New Forest£96£315
Electrician near Newbury£46£264
Electrician near Newcastle-under-Lyme£24£194
Electrician near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£26£200
Electrician near Newport£31£230
Electrician near North Ayrshire£41£352
Electrician near North East Lincolnshire£32£248
Electrician near North Hertfordshire£46£323
Electrician near North Lanarkshire£40£262
Electrician near North Lincolnshire£33£320
Electrician near North Somerset£31£254
Electrician near North Tyneside£26£200
Electrician near Northampton£61£340
Electrician near Norwich£42£250
Electrician near Nottingham£34£284
Electrician near Nuneaton & Bedworth£40£222
Electrician near Oldham£25£177
Electrician near Oxford£44£395
Electrician near Pembrokeshire£25£200
Electrician near Perth & Kinross£43£300
Electrician near Peterborough£28£240
Electrician near Plymouth£35£268
Electrician near Poole£44£275
Electrician near Portsmouth£47£334
Electrician near Powys£35£270
Electrician near Preston£29£202
Electrician near Reading£60£328
Electrician near Redcar & Cleveland£21£210
Electrician near Reigate & Banstead£30£270
Electrician near Renfrewshire£41£352
Electrician near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£44£288
Electrician near Rochdale£25£180
Electrician near Rotherham£29£241
Electrician near Salford£25£177
Electrician near Salisbury£45£252
Electrician near Sandwell£34£237
Electrician near Scarborough£25£200
Electrician near Scottish Borders£23£165
Electrician near Sefton£35£350
Electrician near Sevenoaks£85£0
Electrician near Sheffield£29£241
Electrician near Slough£33£263
Electrician near Solihull£34£237
Electrician near South Ayrshire£40£350
Electrician near South Bedfordshire£55£340
Electrician near South Cambridgeshire£66£213
Electrician near South Gloucestershire£29£224
Electrician near South Kesteven£51£258
Electrician near South Lanarkshire£43£367
Electrician near South Oxfordshire£85£308
Electrician near South Somerset£33£260
Electrician near South Tyneside£26£200
Electrician near Southampton£94£334
Electrician near Southend-on-Sea£30£220
Electrician near St Albans£37£285
Electrician near Stafford£26£202
Electrician near Stockport£31£250
Electrician near Stockton-on-Tees£35£280
Electrician near Stoke-on-Trent£24£194
Electrician near Stratford-on-Avon£67£312
Electrician near Stroud£37£304
Electrician near Suffolk Coastal£40£217
Electrician near Sunderland£26£200
Electrician near Swale£56£330
Electrician near Swansea£33£292
Electrician near Tameside£25£177
Electrician near Teignbridge£35£216
Electrician near Tendring£39£211
Electrician near Test Valley£35£280
Electrician near Thamesdown£60£310
Electrician near Thanet£47£290
Electrician near The Wrekin£31£256
Electrician near Thurrock£45£208
Electrician near Torbay£29£240
Electrician near Trafford£25£177
Electrician near Vale of Glamorgan£35£283
Electrician near Vale of White Horse£60£332
Electrician near Vale Royal£37£262
Electrician near Wakefield£55£230
Electrician near Walsall£50£237
Electrician near Warrington£25£180
Electrician near Warwick£26£232
Electrician near Waveney£30£210
Electrician near Waverley£60£296
Electrician near Wealden£163£400
Electrician near West Lancashire£25£200
Electrician near West Lothian£18£212
Electrician near Wigan£27£217
Electrician near Windsor & Maidenhead£34£261
Electrician near Wirral£27£214
Electrician near Wokingham£60£284
Electrician near Wolverhampton£50£217
Electrician near Wrexham Maelor£36£262
Electrician near Wychavon£40£250
Electrician near Wycombe£42£280
Electrician near York£29£236