Do I Need To Update My Fuse Box

do I need to upgrade my fuse box

Whether you have been living in a house for several decades or have recently moved into an old property, there is a good chance the fuse box (mains board, consumer unit) looks just as old as the house itself.

 In such situations, most homeowners are overwhelmed with a few common questions – Is my fuse box dangerous? Do I need to update my fuse box? Or Do I need to update my mains board for safety?

These are the questions most homeowners ponder, but only an experienced electrician is the right person to answer these questions.

When Do You Need to Replace Your Fuse Box?

As with most things in life, technology moves on, and so does safety; however, since your fuse box is old and correctly fitted to the standard of its time.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to upgrade or replace it entirely.

But you must remember that old fuse boxes only trip when overloaded. They do not protect against electric shock or other fault conditions as they do not have 30ma RCDs fitted as a new consumer unit has.

You must upgrade your fuse box only if an electrical inspection has been performed and the electrician picks out problems regarding British Safety Standards.

However, if the wiring in your house is satisfactory, but your fuse box and earthing to the water and gas are outdated and need attention due to safety issues, you should consider updating them.

The most significant advantage of having a new fuse box fitted is that all current mains boards are equipped with an RCD or individual RCBOs.

Don’t worry if this sounds confusing; you just need to think of an RCD as a sensitive circuit breaker that will trip fast in fault conditions.

 

When Do You Need To Replace Your Fuse Box?

Like anything in life, technology moves on, and so does safety; however, since your fuse box is old and was correctly fitted to the standard of its time.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to upgrade or replace it entirely.
But you must remember that old fuse boxes only trip when overloaded. They do not protect against electric shock or other fault conditions as they do not have 30ma RCDs fitted as a new consumer unit has.

You need to upgrade your fuse box only if an electrical inspection is performed and the electrician picks out problems regarding British Safety Standards. However, if the wiring in your house is satisfactory, but your fuse box and earthing to the water and gas are outdated and need attention due to safety issues, you should consider updating them.

The most significant advantage of having a new fuse box fitted is that all current mains boards must be equipped with an RCD or with individual RCBOs.

Don’t worry if this sounds confusing; you just need to think of an RCD as a sensitive circuit breaker that will trip fast in fault conditions.

How Long Does It Take to Update a Fuse Box?

The time it takes to change a fuse box can vary from property to property, but from my experience, it will usually take up to 4 hours.

In some cases, it can take longer if there is a fault on a given circuit; this must be rectified as the RCD will keep tripping if the fault is not cleared.

In some cases, the earthing to the water and gas will need to be upgraded to a 10mm green and yellow cable, which will be considered by the electrician carrying out the installation.

Should I Get a Certificate for My New Mains Board?

Yes! When you have a new mains board fitted, your electrician should test every circuit in the house, complete a domestic installation certificate for you, and register that job with the relevant electrical scheme and building control.

How Much Does It Cost To Update Your Fuse Box?

new up to date mains boardA new fuse box or consumer unit should cost between £500 – £600. Yes! When you have a new consumer unit fitted, your electrician should test every circuit in the house, complete a domestic installation certificate for you, and register that job with the relevant electrical scheme and building control.

Newbold Electrical specialises in fuse box changes and will upgrade your old fuse box and bring you up to date with the least amount of disruption as possible.

For a free quote, contact us on 07974698334

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