Assured Electrical your experts in Barry for fusebox Upgrades!
A fusebox, also sometimes known as a consumer unit, should be easy to find and is where the electricity in your home is controlled and distributed.
It’s important that you know where your fusebox is in case you ever need to turn the electricity off in an emergency. It contains three things – the main switch, fuses and/or circuit breakers, and Residual Current Devices.
When it comes to fuse box upgrades, Assured Electrical Solutions is here to lend you a hand with its team of skilled electricians. Old houses mostly have age-old wiring system and now-obsolete fuse boxes which function poorly. Even more, these fuse boxes are hardly equipped with electrical safety switches (MCBS & RCDS).
Outdated fuse boxes are highly prone to short-circuits. Their fuses are more harmful as those fuses tend to catch and spread fire easily. Also there are chances of electrical shock with these old fuse boards. Now, if you want to have peace of mind and safety in your home then a new consumer unit upgrade is necessary.
The RCD with the latest Consumer Units, makes it sure that you do not get electric shock. Also no serious physical damage occurs due to a fire breakout. An RCD safety switch shuts down the main power supply as soon as it senses the slightest hint of any power leakage from a broken wire or switch within 40ms.
Few decades ago, your household was not furnished with tons of electrical appliances or devices. In those days, just a heater, chimney, refrigerator and oven used to do it all. So a better fuse box installation was not required. But now you have computer, cooler, vacuum cleaner, dryer, washing machine, stereos, fitness equipment, microwaves, pumps, home theatres, central room temperature controlling system and many more.
If you experience frequent power tripping then it’s most likely that your electrical equipment are in need of a fuse box upgrade. Older fuse boards are designed to supply power to a small number of kitchen or household appliances. Last but not the least, you will get the opportunity to easily restore power with the new MCBs installed in newer Consumer Units if you ever have an electrical fault.
We will put your electrical-related worries behind you fast and make the whole process as easy and stress-free as possible.
Most modern fuse boxes contain circuit breakers. It is possible to replace an old-style fuse box with a newer, safer version.
This is recommendation only as it is your house. When the installation was done years ago, it was up to the then standards. Only if you would like to have safer and more convenient fuses, then yes, go ahead and get it changed. Another reason would be that you are having electrical work done then it may need to be upgraded to comply with the new work being done.
As a general guide, replacing a fuse board can take between two and eight hours. But may be longer if other upgrade works is needed like main earth and bonding.
The cost of replacing a consumer unit depends on how big your house is and which type of consumer unit you choose. For most homes, a high-integrity consumer unit that can carry ten circuits at 100A is the best choice. This will cost £470-£650. For a larger home that requires more circuits, it can cost up to £850.
Yes, this is all normal/standard procedure. The electrician doing the work would however need to fully test all the old original circuits that are being reconnected to the new consumer unit to ensure that they are safe for continued use.
Old fuse boxes are not compliant with the latest electrical regulations. As long as they are not damaged and there is no signs of overheating and all connections are tight they can be deemed safe for continued use.
Yes, you can sell a house with an old fuse box. But should you? Selling an older home that still has its original wiring and an old fuse box may not be easy, but it’s definitely can be done. The only issue is the buyer may organise an electrician to inspect the property and if there is a problem it will get flagged up
If you have an electrical report carried out and you have a plastic consumer unit it is still not a requirement to have an upgrade. Plastic Consumer units are still in use, and will be for many years to come without issues.