Acorn Electrical & Mechanical (AEM) offers a reliable cost effective dependable team of qualified domestic, commercial & industrial electricians operating throughout Plymouth, Devon & Cornwall. We have the expertise, experience and knowledge required to cater to all clients, whether residential or in the commercial sector, offering our electrical and mechanical services. We have built our Acorn reputation through dedication and hard work ensuring reliability to our customer making us the best choice for a first class service for electrical & mechanical works.
If you are having any problems or for more information please feel free to contact us on 01752 201077 or 07779 777965 where a member of our staff will be happy to talk with you and give you some free advice.
Why choose us?
Since Acorn has been established we have grown from a small acorn into a large tree and are now branching out. We are still small enough to care passionately about our customers offering a prompt and professional service and our customer after care is second to none. We have grown to have an exceptional reputation within the local community and are always keen to support local charities.
Our goal is in keeping our service to a high standard while always being competitive in pricing. We specialise in all aspects of electrical & mechanical works for the private domestic sector and the commercial industrial sectors providing an emergency call out service and general building works if required. We endeavour to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction by providing a first class installation service that will perform to the highest benchmarks of health & safety; environmental requirements and efficiency.
We possess the know-how and knowledge to offer a fully comprehensive electrical & mechanical service. All our electricians are fully trained and insured for your total piece of mind. Having over ten years experience within the electrical industry we are the perfect choice ensuring the very highest standards of quality in workmanship and service from our team of skilled professional trades persons.
No job is too small and no job is too big, from large commercial projects to domestic work we are the electrical firm of choice to produce the highest benchmarks at a competitive cost. We will provide HELP, SUPPORT, ADVICE & GUIDANCE to assist you every step of the way.
All of our work is fully guaranteed.
Our team offers:
Energy Performance Certificates
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will provide energy consumption information on a property for potential tenants thinking of letting the property or possible buyers wanting a new home. It will identify where improvements can be made to the property to save costs making the building more energy efficient. It began in 2007 and was originally a part of the Home Information Pack that has since been discontinued, for properties let or sold in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. As things change with time, so has the EPC - it was simplified, streamlined and updated in 2012 as a part of the Green Deal Assessment. The Green Deal was perfect for the EPC as its intention was to help people introduce energy saving enhancements to their properties.
If you are thinking of letting or selling your home you will need an EPC. To obtain an EPC you need to instruct an accredited assessor to assess your property so an EPC can be produced. If you are going through a letting agency to let your home or using an estate agent to sell your home they can help you source this. If you are doing it yourself you can click on the link to help find an accredited assessor via the government website.
Nothing lasts forever and will deteriorate over time. This also relates to electrical installations. So with this in mind its prudent to perform a periodic inspection, which is an electrical inspection & test carried out every three to five years to keep the system running safe. These checks can also be known as a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report (DEICR).
All electrical Installation work, electrical testing and any electrical periodic inspections should always be accompanied with the correct paperwork for the task undertaken and all reports and certificates issued will include the electrical test results and inspection schedules. You should retain this paperwork and store it in a safe place so you can access it at any time.
Depending on the nature of electrical work installed, the type of inspection and testing required or the size of the task ahead will determine the report and certification you will receive. We are NICEIC, ELECSA and NAPIT registered.
When carrying out any extension to your home, be it converting an attic space or garage to a liveable area, or extending a property outwards, all new wiring will need to conform to electrical safety standards and any existing wiring will need to be checked and replaced accordingly to ensure it can meet the new additional demands placed upon it. It may be necessary to also upgrade the consumer unit to ensure it can meet demands.
It is considered necessary to rewire part or potentially all wiring within a property when carrying at any material alteration as defined by the building regulations along with the consumer unit.
It is feasible to assume that if a property has not been rewired within the last 25 to 30 years that in order to conform to current standards at least part or potentially all of the wiring will need upgrading. This is due to the changes with modern living habits having much more demand upon the electrical systems within a property and therefore leading the older wiring to be potentially dangerous.
We only use quality reliable proven burglar alarm systems designed and tailor made especially to suit your every need and circumstance while staying within a limited budget. It is installed by our very own in house team of qualified tradesmen technicians who are all NSI accredited and approved.
We are sure you have at some point in time spoken with someone who has been a victim of burglary. Having your home burgled is devastating. Not only do you suffer the damage and loss of personal items it can also be an emotional and stressful experience. Recent polls do show that by having the installation of a burglar alarm it acts as an exceptional deterrent against intruders from entering your home. Because of this reason you will find that insurance companies will either insist one is fitted in your home to considerably reduce your premiums if you have an approved intruder alarm system fitted.
All our technicians we use are certified by SSAIB who are the leading certification body for security.
Fire, Smoke & heat alarms
It is shocking to think that there are over 800 deaths and 15,000 injuries caused every year due to fire. Of 650,000 calls to the fire service every year, 45,000 of these are to fires located within the home, which could be easily preventable with the advance warning a smoke alarm provides.
A smoke alarm is a relatively small ceiling mounted device, which will set off a loud alarm when smoke is detected. The alarm notifies those residing within the property that a fire may be present and allows those people the precious minutes needed to vacate the property in a safe manner. Smoke alarms vary in price from a few pounds for smaller battery operated devices to slightly higher priced alarms that are wired into the electrics. It is important to note that it is common for fire and rescue crew to attend properties with battery operated smoke alarms where the occupiers have unfortunately allowed the battery to run out and failed to replace with a new battery.
Also there have been cases where the owner has removed the battery in the incidence where the alarm may have been triggered by burning some toast and then forgotten to put the battery back in after cooking. Therefore although the mains powered smoke detectors cost more to install, the benefit of the mains powered alarms is that you do not need to worry about the battery running out. The mains powered smoke alarms also contain a back up battery to allow the alarm to still work in the case of a power cut. It is also possible to link smoke detectors throughout a property so if one alarm is triggered in one area of the house then all alarms will go off.
Due to growing competition and manufacturing costs falling, solar panels have significantly reduced in price by around 40% since they were introduced. This is good news as it means its now possible to get a fully functioning solar PV system installed on your roof earning you money from about £4000 to £7000 depending on the size of your roof. You can also receive money from the government and get a payment for every unit of energy you produce and for returning back to the grid that you don’t use.
The government launched what is known as the Feed-in Tariff in an attempt to encourage more people into installing solar PV as it pays households for all electricity generated by their solar PV system they have installed. Unfortunately now the government have significantly cut the rates and payments and refuse to pay for the systems and their installation. The extra money you now actually receive is still a bonus if you fancy generating you own power.
It is necessary to use as much as possible the electricity your generate in your house if you want to get the maximum returns from your solar PV installation. This means that as you are using only the electricity you are actually generating its not necessary to purchase electricity from your energy supplier so a saving of 12.5p/kWh is achieved. You only get paid small amount of this figure if the electric you generate is exported but its not the primary reason for exporting your electricity.
Recent leaps in battery developments means it will not be long before households will be able to store the unused energy they produce in storage batteries so as they can use it at a latter time.
Cooker & hob installation
Any electrical works must always comply with current Electrical Regulations. When fitting or have the installation of a new electric hob or cooker it must be connected to its very own circuit having its own fuse or circuit breaker. It is not acceptable to spur this appliance from another circuit. For a new installation will mean a new circuit and a PART P qualified competent electrician can only carry out this work.
A separate cooker cable must be connected to the mains from the cooker and the correct fuse incorporated. An electric cooker demands a considerable amount of power and current due to the amount of heat they have to generate. For this reason a thicker cable is required along with a larger than normal fuse and a double pole isolation switch.
Intercom systems are commonly found installed in blocks of flats and modern luxury homes and apartments. The technicality of older intercom systems are very basic compared to new modern systems so they have come a long way since they were introduced. A modern system can provide you with a variety of different options designed to accommodate your needs making life easier and potentially safer for you. We will run through and explain modern intercom systems and show you what they can do considerable more than just communicating with callers at the door.
When the main power to a building such as, a commercial building being a hotel, schools, colleges, office blocks, hospitals, or an apartment complex such as a block of flats, cuts out due to a power cut or fire situation, the emergency lighting system takes over. If this were not in place there would be total darkness for staff and workers in a commercial building or occupants and tenants in a block of flats or apartment complex. This means in the case of a fire the route out to the exit points would be very difficult to find resulting in potential loss of life. This is why emergency lighting is so important, it activates automatically when the main power is cut and illuminates corridors and stairways sufficiently enough to guide you to the nearest exits points out of the building.
Nothing in this world lasts forever and everything from time to time requires maintenance to keep it running smoothly. Very much like when you have your van or car serviced in the garage it's the same for your electrics. Carrying out regular maintenance will prevent problems before they become an issue as they are identified early.
We can provide you with a fully comprehensive maintenance service to cover all domestic and commercial sectors to ensure the smooth running of all your electrical systems and equipment.
We can design a routine planned maintenance contract tailored around your specifications requirements and needs to ensure any investment you have in a certain system.
Testing & fault finding
We are one of the leading companies for electrical testing and inspections. Our highly experienced and skilled staff ensure that all testing and inspecting is fully comprehensive and compliant with all legalisation. We have vast experience in all forms of electrical testing from small privately owned properties to large retail infrastructure and hospitality properties.
Not only should you have your electrics tested using a full Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) periodically when needed, it is important to remember that the electrics are tested and visually inspected at regular set intervals by a skilled electrician in accordance with set building regulations. Should any concerns be raised these should be addressed as a matter of urgency and repairs conducted by a skilled and qualified electrician.
With regards to an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), this too can only be completed by a skilled electrician and involves a full visual inspection of all the electrics on site alongside a set of live and dead electrical testing. Once complete an EICR will be issued which will list any faults that have been found. It is also possible to provide a separate quote listing the cost for each repair to be undertaken.
The word PAT stand for Portable Appliance Testing. It is a safety check carried out on electrical tools or appliances on a regular basis. It is performed to safeguard any individuals using that tool or appliance, such as staff, tenants or manual workers, from potential harm or injury.
All relevant rules and regulations for PAT testing can be found in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, e.g. 'So far as reasonable practical, all electrical systems must at all times be of a such construction as to prevent harm or danger to a person or persons using it or around it.' So with this in mind it just prudent to arrange for all your electrical tools and appliances be tested on a regular basis and marked accordingly with the correct sticker carrying the relevant dates of test on.
Whether you have a small business or a growing empire it makes sense to instruct an external electrical testing firm such as Acorn Electrical & Mechanical (AEM) to look after all your electrical appliance PAT testing needs as our professionals are well experienced with the ability to spot signs of wear before it becomes a danger or problem.
Just some of the services we offer:
Please feel free to call us for help or advice.
If you are interested in booking a survey for any of our services or just a safety check, please contact Acorn Electrical & Mechanical (AEM) and a member of our team will be happy to help or advise you. CALL now on 01752 201077 or 07779 777965