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When and why get a fuse box replacement

Val Chisolm

You probably only ever pay attention to your fusebox when a switch is tripped. Also called fuse boards or consumer units, the fusebox sits away in a corner somewhere, quietly keeping you safe from the potential dangers of electricity. Should something go wrong, it is your fusebox that will protect you from the risk of electrocution or fire.

It clearly plays an important role in protecting your home and your family. But do you know what condition your fuse box is in? It might be time for a fusebox replacement in Edinburgh, and if it is, you should call our electrician in Edinburgh as soon as possible.

Why do I need a fusebox replacement?

There are several reason why your home may need a fusebox replacement. If you live in an old property, it could be that your fusebox is outdated. Older designs can be dangerous, as they lack the many safety features of modern units. You might have an old unit if it features a wooden backboard or switches made of ceramics or cast iron. These older units often can’t cope with the demands of modern appliances: they were designed for homes that required a lot less electricity. Modern homes often have the kitchen appliances running on a different circuit to help reduce the demand the main circuit has to cope with. On older fuseboxes, the entire house may be running on one, making it more likely the circuit will become overloaded.

How do I tell if I need a fusebox replacement?

The best way to find out whether you unit is old, damaged, or not up to the job is to call an electrician in Edinburgh and have them inspect the fusebox. Remember that electricity is dangerous, and will continue to enter the fusebox even when the power is turned off. As well as in instances where you have an old fusebox, you will also need to get a fusebox replacement if your current unit is damaged or faulty. Check for any signs of scorching or damage on the wires, or the box itself. If your home was recently flooded, your fusebox could have sustained serious damage.

What type of fusebox replacement should I be getting?

Key changes relating to the installation of a fuseboard replacement are coming into force from 1 January 2016 that you should be aware of. The changes are part of the Third Amendment to BS 76761:2008 and are due to the number of fires reported within domestic premises. The changes require that consumer units have their enclosure manufactured from non-combustible material (for example, metal) or be enclosed in a cabinet or enclosure constructed of non-combustible material.

Electrician in Edinburgh for fusebox replacements

A fusebox is meant to keep you safe. If it is old or faulty, it could be making your home more dangerous. Whether you are certain your fusebox has a problem, or just want to put your mind at ease, it is a good idea to get in touch with a professional electrician in Edinburgh to come and have a look. They will be able to tell you whether your fusebox is in good working order, and install and a replacement unit if necessary.