What does an emergency electrician cost?
Updated: Sep 2
When an electrical emergency creeps upon us, we are aware of the sudden panic over how much this additional bill may leave us out of pocket. We all are extremely reliant on having electricity in our homes so going without electricity to charge our phones, heat the shower, and blast a ready meal in the microwave simply isn’t the answer.
We use electricity in our homes on a pretty much constant basis so the second we have an electrical issue, whether it’s day or night, we tend to notice pretty quickly. We don’t tend to think about hiring an electrician until this instance arises.
When the situation does arise, it’s always beneficial to have an understanding of the costs of hiring an electrician. This can be a way when receiving a quote or bill from an electrician to gauge whether they are pricing you fairly and they are an electrician you can trust.
How much does an emergency electrician cost?
It’s good to have an understanding of the typical pricing of an electrician to understand the pricing of an emergency call-out a little better.
Due to most simple electrical tasks being able to be completed in a few hours as opposed to a full working day, it’s common that an electrician will charge you an hourly rate for their services. You should always check when hiring an electrician whether the charge for call-out or have a minimum charge so you can factor this into your budgeting before hiring them for a job.
The average hourly rate for an electrician is £45
So how much will an emergency electrician charge?
Emergency electricians work outside of the standard working hours. This means they are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a fast response time. They are available for both domestic and commercial electrical problems.
Unfortunately, due to their working times, if you do need an emergency electrician, the hourly cost will increase from £45-£80 an hour.
It is also wise to check before whether there will be an additional call-out charge added.
Factors that will affect the cost of hiring an electrician
Estimating the cost of an electrician for your job is difficult due to a number of factors that may influence the overall total cost.
Some things to keep in mind when hiring the emergency electrician:
Type of job
Each job is completely different. Meaning they will need different materials, levels of difficulty and labour times which will alter the costs. For example change, a light switch would be a far smaller job than rewiring an entire kitchen. If you require more specialist work from electrical service, this can increase the cost.
Age and condition
Older electronics are often more difficult to source new parts for making them more expensive.
If your electrics are in a poor condition, this can increase the cost greatly.
As previously mentioned, the cost of an emergency response electrician is far greater than simply hiring an electrician in normal circumstances. Alongside considering more complex and greater types of electric jobs will add onto labor times.
You should take into consideration your location when hiring an electrician. Areas such as London tend to charge a higher hourly rate for both commercial and domestic electric jobs.
Can’t I just fix it myself?
When asking this, you should consider two things; your personal skill set and electrical safety. You may have rewired a plug once or twice but that doesn’t mean you’re ready to rewire your whole home and combat any kind of electrical repair.
As tempting as it might be after watching a youtube video and reading a few articles wondering how hard it might be, the risks of tackling electrical issues if you are underqualified are numerous.
Electricians are fully experienced in a wide range of commercial and domestic electrical installations and repairs. They will give the confidence that the job will be dealt with safely and the end result will not be a quick fix.
Due to the dangers and complexity when it comes to electrical jobs, we would always recommend hiring a professional to tackle the task and do a great job.