Responsible for every electrical aspect of your home, your switchboard acts as the central hub of all electrical circuits running throughout your house. You’ll typically find your switchboard inside your home tucked away in a compartment of its own or near the meter box.
Due to the nature of high voltage and intensity running through the veins of your switchboard, its electrical integrity is critical in ensuring the safety of your family and home. Plus, a faulty switchboard comes with the annoyance of fuse blows or circuit breakers tripping. So if your switchboard has been packing on the years, it may be time to upgrade it.
How to tell if you need a switchboard upgrade
Below is a list of the tell-tale signs demonstrating a need for a switchboard upgrade. If you’re not sure whether your switchboard needs an upgrade, it’s always best to consult a Melbourne licensed electrician when in doubt.
A light flicker does not necessarily mean that there is an issue with the light bulb. Sometimes the problem isn’t skin deep and can be caused by loose wiring in your switchboard. Continuous flickering in lights can be dangerous with many instances leading to house fires.
Short circuits in appliances
One of the common issues associated with older switchboards, short circuits or trips happen when there is an overload in electrical current. The trips are a preventative measure from overheating which is the leading cause of electrical fires. Older switchboards are not designed for high-wattage use that is seen in homes today. The solutions would be to either upgrade your switchboard or to add a circuit to relieve the load.
If your house was built before the technology boom, chances are your home will be using rewireable fuses instead of circuit breakers. In such cases, you will need to upgrade your switchboard as soon as practicable as rewritable fuses are a significant safety hazard due to their copper fuse wires. Copper melts or blows whenever there is an overload which may lead to dangerous consequences. Some electricians may suggest replacing the wiring when it explodes to save costs. More often than not, the replacements are copper wires with a larger density than the electric cable capacity which can cause electrical fires.
If the wiring on your switchboard looks messy, don’t take the risk and get a switchboard upgrade. A modern switchboard looks clean with wires laid out properly to avoid any unnecessary overlaps. Not only will an upgraded switchboard give you peace of mind, but it also future proofs your house as any future additions you decide to incorporate such as an air conditioner will require dedicated circuits.
Ensuring you and your family’s safety should be a top priority and upgrading your switchboard will help ensure the electrical circuits running throughout your home are safe and compliant. When looking for a switchboard upgrade electrician, make sure you do your due diligence to find a professional, licensed Melbourne electrician with a warranty on electrical work to back their services.