What is an Electrical Switchboard?
Many homeowners never stop to think about their electric switchboard until something goes wrong. By definition, it’s a device that directs electricity from one or more sources to several smaller regions of use. It looks like a series of panels, each of which has switches that allow electricity to flow through the circuits.
The purpose of an electrical switchboard is to allow electricity to be redirected and provide current protection. Since powerful currents are running through the switchboard, safety fuses and switches protect the user from electrocution. Usually, the switchboard is located outside of the home next to the meter box or outside your front door. In apartments, they might be in the kitchen cabinet above the fridge.
If you’re looking into switchboard upgrades, it’s likely because your switchboard is outdated. Older switchboards have porcelain fuses, which aren’t as safe as RCD’s or safety switches. Having updated fuses is essential to preventing electrocution and keeping homeowners safe.
Contact us for a switchboard inspection today!
Why Do Switchboards Need to be Upgraded?
Without proper RCD’s or safety switches, your safety as a homeowner could be at serious risk! The switchboard is the heart of your home’s electrical system, so if it’s not up to date, it could cause a disaster in your home or business. Even if your older switchboard is functional, it may be unsafe and sub-standard.
As we use more technology and electricity, it’s harder for older switchboards to handle increasing loads. Also, older switchboards rarely have RCD’s, which is why you may need switchboard upgrades.
Are You at Risk for Electrocution or Fires in 2021?
Risk of Fires
House fires are another severe risk with older electric switchboards. Fires can spring up from loose terminations in the fuse holders. Normal vibrations in buildings and on the ground cause the screws to come loose in the switchboard. When the screws loosen, there’s arcing between the cable and the terminal. The arc then burns back up the cable, spreads to the other wires, and a massive fire can happen if the fire goes through the wall moulding and the roof.
Unfortunately, we at Saunders Electric Group have seen fires happen as a result of older electrical switchboards. Don’t let this happen to you—look into our affordable switchboard upgrades today!
Risk of Electrocution
Residual Current Devices (RCD’s), also known as safety switches, are modern devices that protect against electrocution. An RCD is the homeowner’s last line of defence against electrocution because of the instant shutoff mechanism.
On older switchboards, the circuit breaker won’t automatically trip in the event of human contact. However, RCD’s measure the current flowing in and out of the circuit and trip instantly in .04 seconds if there’s an electricity leakage. This instant tripping can save your life in case of an emergency. A switchboard upgrades to one with RCD’s can be scheduled today through Sanders Electric Group.
What to Expect from a Switchboard Upgrade from Saunders?
At Saunders Electric Group, we strive to be completely transparent about our work process. After the initial safety inspection, we do the following for switchboard upgrades:
- The installation of a new switchboard enclosure or load centre.
- A new RCD or safety switch will be installed to protect every circuit in compliance with the AS3000/2019 wiring regulation.
- A new earth electrode for switchboards that don’t currently have a main earth.
- A certificate of electrical compliance for your records.
FAQs for Switchboard Upgrades
How much do electrical switchboard upgrades cost?
The cost can vary depending on the complexity and size of the project. Apartments tend to be cheaper since there are fewer circuits and the main earthing is already in place. Houses, on the other hand, can be more expensive if extra earthing is needed.
When do I know it’s time for a switchboard upgrade?
Many scenarios may require a switchboard upgrade, such as adding a new section of your home or having an outdated switchboard. Schedule a safety inspection with us so we can give our professional opinion.
Will I receive an electrical certificate of compliance from Saunders Electric Group?
Yes, we’ll provide you with a certificate of electrical compliance in accordance with the law.
Need an electrical switchboard upgrade? Contact us today for a free safety inspection!