Your switchboard is the ‘control panel’ of your home’s electrical wiring. If your switchboard is getting on in years, you need to consider upgrading it for the following important reasons:
- Short-circuits – older switchboard have a greater propensity to short-circuit, meaning that there is a risk of the fuses catching fire, or risk of electric shocks. If your current switchboard still uses replaceable wires on the fuses, it is a safety hazard and needs to be replaced.
- Insufficient power supply – our homes nowadays rely on many more appliances to run than they did in our parents’ day. With a reliance on computers, air conditioners, home theatres, microwave ovens, fitness equipment, pool pumps, stereos and more, it is essential that the switchboard is able to handle the amount of electricity required by the household. Indications of an insufficient power supply are: power tripping, flickering lights.
- Installing solar panels.
- Safety Switch – this gives you the ability to cut down or restore power when necessary, a feature not present on older switchboards. An electrical safety switch is a crucial feature of modern switchboards.
An upgrade of your switchboard is not a big investment for the sake of your family’s safety. If you would like an assessment made of your switchboard, contact Tamworth Electrician for a professional opinion. We will test your unit for safety and recommend a date for your next upgrade, or we can even upgrade it there and then if your switchboard is hazardous. To safeguard your family, make sure you don’t leave it too late to replace your ageing switchboard.
Check out an example of a switchboard upgrade we did for a client about to install solar panels here.