RCD Installation Price Guide Perth WA.

Safety Switch installation cost and charges for 2018.

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RCD safety switches, sometimes referred to as a ‘Clipsal Switch’ are required by law and help prevent electric shock. We are the RCD specialists for Perth, Fremantle and Rockingham since 2000.

Keeping your family safe and protecting property, the RCD Clipsal switch provides increased electrical safety to power and lighting circuits. We repair and replace RCD’s. We can also fit RCD switches to all other electrical circuits in your home.  Want to know more, call us today on 0404 216 333.

We only install superior quality Clipsal, ABB and NHP  RCD’s.

Call 7 days for an obligation free quote Ph: 0404 216 333

* RCD installation price guide per switchboard. Pricing is valid from 2018:

Text or email a photo of your electrical board to get a quote. 

Cost to install RCD safety switches in Perth WA from $60 each. 

RCD and smoke alarm Discount Pack:

  • 1 x RCD and 1 x smoke alarm $140
  • 2 x RCD’s and 1 x smoke alarm $180
  • 2 x RCD’s and 2 x smoke alarms $240
  • 1 x RCD $75  includes GST
  • 2 x RCD’s $130 includes GST. 
  • Additional RCD safety switch just $60 each includes GST. 
  • Plus minimum labour fee $180 (covers first full hour of labour for a fully qualified electrician) $132 per hour thereafter or part thereof.
  • All prices include GST.
  • No hidden charges or fees, no charge for travel, no call out fee.  Just efficient and professional electrical trade services. 
  • Includes an electrical safety certificate.


Smoke detectors: SafetySwitch electrical services only use high quality hard wired Clipsal Photoelectric smoke detectors (as pictured). 

Smoke Alarm installation price guide, per building. Pricing is valid  from 2018:

  • 1 x smoke alarm $80
  • 2 x smoke alarms $150
  • Additional smoke alarms supplied and installed for $70 each 
  • Minimum $180 labour charge applies for first hour of labour and $132 per hour thereafter.
  • All prices include GST 
  • No hidden charges or fees, no travel fee, no call out charge.
  • Includes an electrical safety certificate.

RCD fact sheet published by the WA Government – EnergySafety WA.  Property managers and real estate agents must make themselves aware of these regulations as there are fines of up to $100,000 for non compliance which also applies to hard wired smoke alarms.

Further reading:  All about safety switches  wikipedia.org.

These electrical wiring devices are designed to quickly and automatically disconnect a circuit when it detects that the electric current is not balanced between the energized (line) conductor(s) and the return (neutral) conductor. Under normal circumstances, these two wires are expected to carry matching currents, and any difference can indicate a short circuit or other electrical anomaly is present, such as leakage. Leakage can indicate a shock hazard (or shock in progress) which is a potential danger to a person. Current leakage can result in harm or death due to electric shock, especially if the leaking electric current passes through the torso of a human. A current of around 30 mA (0.030 amperes) is potentially sufficient to cause cardiac arrest or serious harm if it persists for more than a small fraction of a second. RCDs are designed to disconnect the conducting wires quickly enough to prevent serious injury from such shocks, commonly described as the RCD being “tripped”.

Your obligations and factors that may affect the cost of installing RCD’s are,

Existing faults. Where RCD’s are installed and these trip due to existing faulty electrics. This issue can not be left as is and must be rectified immediately. Some examples of existing faults include faulty wiring, faulty appliances, ingress of water and invasion of insects in an electrical installation. In the unlikely event of these factors occuring it is the clients responsibility to have necessary repairs carried out and the cost of this is born by the customer.

No room on a switchboard to fit an RCD. The switchboard may no longer be expanded and it needs to be replaced or upgraded. Old ‘Federal’ brand resin switchboards are made with porcelain fuses and a main switch incorporated into the resin molding. These switchboards can not be fitted with RCD switches and should be replaced.

Hazardous asbestos electrical panels must be replaced completely. These electrical panels are common in older homes in Perth. Clients are provided with a quotation prior to commencement of work which is carried out only by the electrical contractor and you are issued with an electrical certificate.  All work is undertaken by the electrical contractor. We do not use other electricians or subcontractors to do this work so clients are provided with a personal guarantee that covers service, pricing and parts.

Old rewireable fuses. These are now illegal and  no longer allowed to be fitted. Although not mandatory, it is recommended that these are replaced with circuit breakers and RCBO safety switches. An RCBO is a combination RCD and circuit breaker all in one which is installed instead of an RCD. The RCBO is now the most common type of safety switch being installed in all new homes and businesses throughout Australia, Britain, Europe and the U.S.A

The RCD is not unique to Australia. They are employed all over the world and often with far higher levels of safety. In the United States for example, safety switches fitted in residences are far more sensitive than those used in Australian homes.

In the U.S and Canada, a residual current device is also known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), ground fault interrupter (GFI).  In the U.S the National Electrical Code requires GFCI devices intended to protect people to interrupt the circuit if the leakage current exceeds a range of just 4–6 m.A of current (the trip setting is typically 5 mA) within 25 ms. GFCI devices which protect equipment (not people) are allowed to trip as high as 30 mA of current. In Europe, the  RCDs have trip currents of 10–300 mA.

RCDs with trip currents as high as 500 mA are sometimes deployed in environments (such as industrial and computing centers) where a lower threshold would carry an unacceptable risk of accidental trips. These high-current RCDs serve more as an additional fire-safety protection than as an effective protection against the risks of electrical shocks.

~ The RCD safety switch specialists since 2000 ~