When to Upgrade your Switchboard

If you have a switchboard that hasn't been upgraded since the year 2000, then your switchboard most likely doesn't have a safety switch which is the most important part of switchboards. Not only that, but in general your switchboard would need to be upgraded to be able to handle the volume and power needs of today's modern appliances and technology.

So how do you know if you need a switchboard upgrade?

Some of the first signs of requiring a switchboard upgrade include:

  • flickering lights
  • short circuits
  • power tripping
  • no safety switch

The importance of a switchboard safety switch

A safety switch also known as a residual current device (RCD) monitors the power flowing in and out of the wires and is a requirement in all new switchboard installations. It's identified by the 'T' symbol button. It is recommended that this button is pushed to make sure the switch trips off. If there is an electrical fault, the power will be turned off within 0.03 of a second. As you can image, safety switches have saved many lives.

Previously, circuit breakers were used to save money and meet minimum standards. However, since regulations have changed, safety switches must be used to protect all power circuits and lighting circuits.

If you have an original ceramic fuse box or are experiencing any of the above issues, then please give us a call today so we can inspect your switchboard and advise you if you need a switchboard upgrade. Phone Michael on 0433 363 675.