Do You Need an Electrical Switchboard Upgrade?

Lorraine | June 15, 2018 | 0 | Computers & Electronics

If you live in an old Brisbane home that was built over five decades ago and which has not undergone any recent updates by a Brisbane electrician, then chances are that you are still using the older switchboards.  Before contracting an electrician, you need to look at the last time that your switchboard was inspected and upgraded.

If it is still using the old ceramic fuses, then it is very likely that the switchboard has not undergone any upgrades and you may be putting yourself and your family at risk. An old switchboard that is decades old is only an emergency or disaster waiting to happen. It might take a new acquisition of a new electrical appliance for the wiring to give way due to the excessive load or deteriorating equipment.

The switchboards make such an important part of an electrical wiring system. They are the nerve center of your electrical wiring. The switchboards will route the electrical energy around your home.  Modern switchboards also include the safety switches that will protect you and the whole family from electrocution. This is a safety feature that is not built in the older switchboards which were installed in the 50s, 60s, 70s or the 80s.

Due to these potential and inherent risks, many Australian homeowners now see the need of investing in electrical switchboard upgrades in order to keep their homes safe. In Brisbane, you can hire a professional and reputable Brisbane electrician in order to assist you in carrying out the switchboard upgrades.

Even if you are have a new switchboard installed, it is important to invest in top quality switchboard servicing. A poorly serviced or defective switchboard will give certain signals that something is amiss such as the flickering lights, power tripping or even short circuits.  When you are experiencing these, our switchboard is probably past its use by date and you need to invest in an upgrade.

Apart from the need to ensure safety and modern installation in your home, there is a very good imperative for investing in a new switchboard. The demands on the switchboard were lower in the older homes which simply needed the ovens, a heater, an iron box and perhaps a toaster. Today’s homes have more intensive demands. People use refrigerators, microwave ovens, electrical heaters, flat screen TVs, computers, printers, blenders, sophisticated security systems and many more. If your switchboard was built for the old world, then it is time to bring it into the 21st century and ensure that it can support the various appliances which are a part of our lives.

The older switchboard features such as the ceramic fuse boxes or even the rewirable ceramic fuses are no longer in compliance with the modern standards. Since this is not just a question of non-compliance but a potential fire-risk or electrical shock hazard, it is something that you need to prioritize in your home with services a professional Brisbane electrician.

Another imperative for a switchboard upgrade or rewiring is for homeowners that wish to install solar power and inverters in order to “go green” and save on their power needs. This is an activity that typically involves the installation of new metering as well as switch gearing. These installations will require new space and a switchboard upgrade will, therefore, be necessary for your Brisbane home

The best thing is that a switchboard upgrade is not expensive; at least if you compare it to the cost of electrocution or electrical fires. Find a reliable Brisbane electrician for some upgrades and begin sleeping easy knowing your wiring system is safe.

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