Though you may not typically even give it a second thought, the switchboard is actually a very important component of your home and can arguably be considered the heart of your home as it is what sends power to every other electrical piece of appliance in your home. Your switchboard is generally located either on an outside wall or inside your home.
Why do you need to upgrade your switchboard? Safety! For this reason, it is incredibly important to make sure your circuit is protected, safe and meets all of the current standards of electrical safety standards at the time. In order to make sure your switchboard is protected and meets all the current standards, it is important to get a licensed electrician to come out and inspect and upgrade it from time to time.
Below are just a few of the reasons as to why it is important to make sure your circuit switchboard is upgraded.
Electric standards change from year to year for safety reasons and efficiency reasons. Today’s safety standards are far higher than those of the ‘60s or even the ‘80s. Unless you are buying a new home or having some new work done then you probably have no reason to check the current electric standards.
In order to make sure that it is up to date, and within all of the code enforcements, have an Brillare Electrical electrician come out to your home to make sure your switchboard meets the current standards.
Modern wires are insulated with PVC, which have a low conductivity. Modern PVC cables are usually white or grey, not black like old rubber cables.
If the wires in your home are black then your will not only need to upgrade your electrical switchboard but also may need to have your home rewired. If you live in a home that was built between twenty to thirty years ago, then it a good idea to have us inspection of your home electrical system.
Can your switchboard handle a bigger home? Home renovations can require upgraded switchboards based on what changes are being made.
Simple cosmetic updates may not require an electrical switchboard upgrade, but if your adding a new bathrooms, bedrooms or even adding an entire level then one of the first things you will need to do is get your switchboard updated.
Without having an electrician come out and do an inspection and whatever it takes to add on to your existing board, you cannot add on to it and have additional electrical components throughout the home.
Increasing the size of a home generally leads to an increase in the amount of electricity it can draw which generally requires a switchboard upgrade.
One of the main causes of electrical fire in homes is the replacement of fuse wire with the wrong size wire. This means that the lights will work but the electrical fault is still there, slowly melting the cable, until a full-blown electrical fire ignites.
Circuit breakers save money on call-outs from electricians for minor repairs like burnt or blown fuses and more importantly, they protect your families lives and home.
If you have fuses in your switchboard, you are at risk of a electrical fire and you are due for switchboards upgrades to bring your home in line with modern standards.
Years ago people didn’t use a lot of electrical appliances, the wiring systems and switchboard weren’t designed to handle a lot of electrical appliances, it will often mean it becomes quickly overloaded.
The danger of overloading your electrical wiring is first it will probably be unable to handle the workload and simply shut down, and secondly, as your wiring and switchboard struggles to handle the additional load it will heat up more and more, increasing the risk or a fire.
When it comes to upgrading a homes switchboard, all works will need to be carried out by a licensed and qualified electrician.
Our electricians can complete all of the following switchboard work.
If you have any doubts about the quality and age of your home’s electrical wiring, or the electrical wiring of a property you wish to purchase, it’s best to be safe and get your wiring inspected by contacting an Brillare Electrical Electrician on 0414 281 438.
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