Why you might need a switchboard upgrade

In our time as electricians in Batemans Bay, we have seen some terrible damage caused by faulty switchboards.

What does a switchboard do?

The power that comes from the street travels into your switchboard. Your switchboard has the important job of directing the electrical current through all the circuits of your home or business premises. For your home or business to be electrically sound, your switchboard always needs to be in good condition. If it’s not, your RCD (Residual Current Device) may not work properly.

What is an RCD?

An RCD is a device that, put simply, switches off the power if a fault is detected. An RCD is a sensitive circuit breaker that allows your home to be protected. RCDs save lives and they stop damage to appliances. They stop electrical fires and tragic accidents from occurring. An RCD will help reduce the risk of electrocution. They save you thousands of dollars and at the same time keep you, your family, your employees and your property safe.

Time to get deadly serious

If someone sticks a knife into a toaster (yes people really do this, often without even thinking about it) and an RCD is installed, the power will stop in 0.3 of a second. This is often fast enough to prevent cardiac arrest from electric shock. If a kitchen appliance has any kind of failure, an RCD circuit breaker can detect it and shut the power down before something potentially fatal occurs.

Beyond being good common sense, it’s important to realise that every few years, electrical standards and wiring rules change. It’s a legal requirement to keep your switchboard updated so that your RCD protection is enabled.

A modern switchboard gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your family is enjoying maximum safety at home and that your employees are safe at work.

An RCD will help reduce the risk of electrocution. They save you thousands of dollars and at the same time keep you, your family, your employees and your property safe.

A failsafe device for every home and business premises

A switchboard upgrade may be necessary if you’re thinking of getting newer or bigger appliances (lucky you) or if you’re installing additional power points.

An aged switchboard and ceramic fuses that do not meet the current Australian Standard are hazardous and dangerous.

Beyond being good common sense, it’s important to realise that every few years, electrical standards and wiring rules change. It’s a legal requirement to keep your switchboard updated so that your RCD protection is enabled.

A modern switchboard gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your family is enjoying maximum safety at home and that your employees are safe at work.

An RCD will help reduce the risk of electrocution. They save you thousands of dollars and at the same time keep you, your family, your employees and your property safe.

Why it’s important to keep your switchboard up to date

Short circuits

Old switchboards are more prone to short-circuit which means there’s a higher risk of fuses catching on fire and a higher risk of electric shocks. If you have a switchboard that still makes use of replaceable wires on the fuses, it’s a safety hazard and you must replace it immediately.

An RCD will help reduce the risk of electrocution. They save you thousands of dollars and at the same time keep you, your family, your employees and your property safe.

Insufficient power supply

Modern homes and homeowners use more appliances today than they ever did in the past. We’ve grown used to air conditioning, computers, microwave ovens, home theatres, TVs, fitness equipment, various kitchen appliances, stereos, and more. Your switchboard needs to be able to handle the amount of electricity needed to keep all these appliances working. If you’re experiencing power trips or flickering lights, you definitely need to have your switchboard checked.

An RCD will help reduce the risk of electrocution. They save you thousands of dollars and at the same time keep you, your family, your employees and your property safe.

Overcrowding

If your switchboard is crowded with wires weaving in and out in every direction, the best thing you can do is upgrade it. Do not take chances with your safety, the safety of your loved ones or your employees.

Dedicated circuits

Electrical equipment such as pool pumps or air conditioners should have dedicated circuits, so you need to upgrade your switchboard if you’ve installed or plan on installing them.

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Old switchboards don’t have a safety switch, which is a switch that allows you to cut down or restore power when you need to. This is another important reason to upgrade your switchboard; it’s crucial to have a safety switch.

If you want to determine whether or not a switchboard upgrade is necessary, ask yourself these questions:

Electrical safety standards in Australia

Australian Electrical safety standards have improved dramatically in recent years.

These changes have made Bay Coast Electrical keenly aware of the importance of the protection and integrity of the electricity that powers our homes and businesses. Wiring integrity, especially at the switchboard, is crucial for your safety and that of the ones you love. Old porcelain fuses are simply not safe and must be upgraded.

Don’t delay. Call us and get a free quote for your switchboard upgrade.

Benefits of upgrading your switchboard

Upgrading your switchboard is super simple and it will improve your electrical efficiency. This means it will save you money on your electricity bills and increase your safety. It’s a smart investment on so many levels. If your switchboard is over 20 years old, you definitely need to upgrade it to an RCD circuit board. We have many years’ experience changing switchboards for clients. We have done this for numerous homes and businesses in and around the South Coast. We are the choice electrician in Batemans Bay and surrounding areas for switchboard upgrades. If your switchboard needs upgrading and you live or do business in Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Tomakin, Moruya Tuross Head, Dalmeny, Narooma, Bodalla, Eurobodalla and surrounding towns, we can help you.

DO I NEED A SWITCHBOARD UPGRADE?

Switchboards play a massive role in protecting your property’s wiring.