Most New Zealand families in New Zealand would have a number of electrical appliances in their home. First, the kitchen usually has a refrigerator and or freezer as a combination, the stove, which is wired in to the wall, an extractor in the sink and a dishwasher. Small appliances usually include an electric jug, microwave and a toaster. The large appliances require an electrician if there are problems, but generally there is a warranty and the appliances do not have any issues.
The appliances are usually at a reasonable cost and so when they are faulty is more economic to buy a new appliance rather than contact an electrician. Some companies have a repair service where the appliances can be taken in to be fixed. Large items need a home visit by the electrician who arrives in his van, checks the fault and then needs to order the replacement part. This may take a few days if he does not have the part in his van. This would mean another visit to put in the part – the travel and petrol cost added to invoice.
The bathroom appliance is often a heated towel rail and a plug that can be used for shavers and hairdryers. In the lounge, there is a heat pump and alarm system with an entertainment area which has a number of outlets including plugs for TV, stereo/multi-media system, computers.
In the laundry is a washing machine, freezer and a clothes drier that plug into the walls. Each bedroom has a minimum of 2 double power points as well as lighting system throughout the house – inside and outside.
When the house was being built, registered electricians were used to install the electrical lighting and wiring throughout the house including installing the main large appliances. Some electricians Invercargill were used when the washing machine needed to have repairs. It was dropped off at the local electrician in the area, For heavier items. The electrician would have been called to have a house visit, which adds an extra$60-80 for petrol and travel time.