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The home electrical switchboard is designed to safely distribute the power from your electricity provider through to the many circuits in your home. These are what powers your lights, outlets, and appliances.
They should be fitted with a safety switch device that will switch off the electricity supply if an electrical fault is detected - saving lives, avoiding harmful electric shocks and house fires.
Here are a few things to consider when it comes to upgrading your home switchboard.
Your Energy Demands Have Increased
The strain on a modern home's electrical system is bigger than ever before - even with the more energy efficient devices. Families running multiple televisions, kitchen gadgets, cleaning equipment and more is meaning electrical panels can’t keep up.
Many homes are now being used as an office which may highlight the deficiencies in your home’s electrical system - even if it is simply the lack of powerpoints. Using powerboards as a solution is highly dangerous, so an upgrade to your switchboard is the best solution.
You Have An Older Switchboard
If you’re buying a home that was built prior to the 1990s, it is vital that you conduct pre-purchase inspections. It is very likely the home has outdated electrical systems such as the switchboard having particle board backing or even the old porcelain fuses that need replacing when they go out.
These antique switchboards need to be updated as soon as possible to comply with legislation - but more importantly to keep your home safe.
When to Upgrade Your Switchboard
If you look at your electrical panel you will be able to see what kind of system you have and gauge how old the circuit breakers may be. If your home has one that is 10-15 years plus, it may need upgrading to keep up with today’s electrical demands.
It is a risk that older circuit breakers may not operate correctly, not trip when needed or overheat causing potential fire hazards.
Signs of a Failing Switchboard
Things you need to pay attention to so that you know if your switchboard is failing are;
- Flickering lights
- Little electrical zaps
- A tripping circuit breaker
- Your fuse keeps blowing
If you notice any of the above, you should have your switchboard inspected by a qualified technician and possibly upgraded under the electricians recommendation.
Call the Switchboard Professionals
Contact the team at NB Trades and Services to schedule an appointment to inspect your home electrical upgrade needs. Our qualified electricians can assess your switchboard, home office upgrade needs, surge protection and the total electrical needs of your home.