Most of us are looking for ways to get better value from our service providers. Yet when it comes to hiring an electrician in Dubai, there are obvious, inherent safety implications that make cost-cutting and discount-hunting a redundant (read downright risky) objective.
By switching your focus to appointing only the most qualified technicians, you can ensure that your family is safe from the perils of hazardous practices (which unfortunately are more common than you think in Dubai) plus you will still save big on maintenance, part replacements and energy costs, albeit over a longer period of time.
The 3 factors that are most likely to impact your electrician’s service fee are:
1. COMPETENCY LEVELS AND HOW QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS ARE
Alarmingly, around 95% of electrical faults cannot be detected by the general public. Which makes having the right experts on-hand to diagnose potential issues even more critical. With high numbers of electricians in Dubai possessing no real, recognized qualifications, it is fair to say the general level of electrical expertise among maintenance providers here is poor.
Couple this with the fact that the Emirate follows British electrical and wiring methods (and that most on-the-ground experience being offered here relates to the electrical systems in India, the Philippines or the USA), and we are faced with a secondary hurdle – that of knowledge incompatibility.
Everything that connects to electricity is designed to work at a particular voltage. A qualified technician will recognize the different specifications to look out for, yet when an unqualified electrician who is used to dealing with a maximum of 220 volts (US system) is now required to troubleshoot a 3-phase British voltage system of 415 volts, the results of a simple update like adding a socket without calculating the load, can be disastrous. If there is too much load on a circuit either the breaker will trip or even worse, the cable could become overloaded which can lead to fire.
If you are hiring anyone to carry out electrical work at your home, remember that the onus is on you to enquire about the company’s assessment and qualification requirements. Don’t assume that if they are operating, they are competent. This is simply not how it works in this region.
2. THE QUALITY OF ELECTRICAL WORK
We’ve established that cheap electricians are not the way forward, but how can you tell if something is actually wrong with the service being offered, or with what you have paid for in the past?
Tell-tale signs your electrical system is unsafe include:
- WHITE CABLE IN YOUR OUTDOOR AREA
- ANY ‘ELECTRICAL TAPED’ CONNECTIONS
- SEE-THROUGH PLASTIC COVERS ON OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL SOCKETS
3. THE PRICING STRUCTURE
While some electricians’ costs will vary greatly based on the types of service being utilised or the amps being used, others will command a flat-fee based on hours utilised.
We Will Fix It charges a competitive flat-fee hourly rate of AED 100 per call-out and AED
200 per maintenance hour, plus parts and VAT.
The benefit here is that We Will Fix It is known to be among the fastest in the region for booking and completing your electrical service . Rated 4.6 stars out of 682 Google Reviews, the vast majority of electrical jobs carried out by We Will Fix It are diagnosed, done and dusted in just one visit.