There are a few things you need to take into account when considering whether your fuseboard needs replacing, and we’ll detail the most important aspects in this blog. Hopefully you’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do, and will be able to proceed with a routine check that can be carried out either by you or better still, a qualified professional.
You might need a fuseboard replacement
If your fuseboard is old, it is potentially dangerous and be a fire hazard or cause electric shocks. Old fuseboards don’t have RCDs, which are life saving devices that switch off a faulty supply of electricity preventing it from escalating into something far more damaging.
A high degree of protection with an RCD
RCD stands for Residual Current Device. It’s specifically designed to stop you from getting an electric shock, if you were, for example, to touch a live wire. It helps to protect against small electrical fires too. An RCD offers a level of protection that could mean the difference between life and death.
How do you know whether or not your fuse board is healthy and fit for use?
A fuseboard should be easy to find, and from where it’s situated it provides your home’s electricity, making sure it’s distributed correctly, and the current evenly controlled. A fuseboard has circuit breakers that switch off circuits as soon as they detect any fault. The fuses themselves consist of wires running between two screws, and when overloads of current flow through the fuse wires, they can become extremely hot. Once the wires overheat, the electricity circuit is broken and automatically disconnects. It’s designed this way to keep everyone in your home or business premises safe.
Check your fuseboard now
If you’ve just bought a property, or are in new business premises, and the fuseboard/box supports cast iron switches throughout, and the box itself has a wooden back, it’s more than likely it will need replacing. It may also have a mixture of fuses that are quite old and could cause a fire. If your fuseboard does need replaced you’ll a qualified, trained electrician to replace it with one that has an RCD and a circuit breaker. You’ll ideally hire one that’s registered with a government approached scheme, that way you’ll know the electrician will carry out the job safely and accurately.
Fuseboard replacements with VC Electrical
At VC Electrical, we’re fully qualified, trained and accredited electricians, so any work we carry out on your home of business will always be done safely, with minimum disruption. We’re experts in both fuseboard replacement and installation, we can inspect existing fuseboards and all other electrical equipment, making recommendations where needed. We take pride in offering a professional and seamless service, keeping you safe and sound.