If you have an old switchboard, particularly the type that uses ceramic fuses, or you live in an older home (forty years plus) and haven’t had your electrics checked since you’ve been there then it needs to be checked. In addition you might need an electrical switchboard upgrade for safety purposes.
What exactly is an electrical switchboard?
A switchboard is a crucial element in the modern home. They distribute electricity around your home so when you switch a light on or turn on the TV, they ensure that the right supply of electricity is in the right place at the right time. However and more importantly, modern switchboards also contain safety switches that interrupt the power supply if and when a problem arises. They lower the risk of any electrical fire, while also protecting those within the home who might otherwise be at risk from electrocution should a fault occur. In other words they act as a safety net.
The problem with older switchboards is that they were built in a time when fewer electrical appliances were used. As a result the devices and equipment that are commonly used in the modern day home may place demands on older boards that can in turn pose both a fire risk and dangerous electrical problems. In addition when there is an electrical overload, older switchboards simply don’t have the safety mechanisms in place to cope because there is no emergency cut-off, so it’s easy to see how old switchboards can be potentially hazardous.
What are the signs that you need an electrical switchboard upgrade?
Apart from those listed in the introduction to this post there may be other signs that you need that all important upgrade. These include
- Constant flickering lights
- Regularly experiencing blown fuses
- Tripping circuit breakers
- Electrical shocks when switching on lights and plug sockets
- Plugs that feel hot
Any of these problems might well indicate that there are problems with your switchboard.
Is it costly to upgrade?
The question is can you really put a price on safety and peace-of mind? When compared to rebuilding you home and replacing all your belongings the costs are undoubtedly minimal. However even without the potential fire risk, the cost of replacing your switchboard is minimal when you compare it to other major electrical renovations.
Call in the professionals
Tinkering with switchboards isn’t a job for even the most avid of DIY enthusiasts and for this reason you should always call in an experienced electrician. Here at Static Electrics we’ve been in the industry for many years and have the experience to tackle a vast array of electrical problems, refurbishments and new installations. We also carry out home inspection electrical safety checks, so if you are unsure whether or not you need an electrical switchboard upgrade, then pick up the phone and call Static Electrics Brisbane on 0429 139 039 and we’ll come and take a look.