Do you need a switchboard upgrade?

The technology we use in our homes is getting smarter every day and that’s good news for making our lives easier but bad news for our old switchboards. The current demands on your electrical system are substantially more than they would have been even as soon as twenty years ago. If twenty years seem far-fetched, just have a look at how many appliances and gadgets you use on an average day. You probably rely on more appliances now than you did five years ago. The average household in the Gold Coast is likely to have one of the older fuse boxes that struggle to cope with our increased demand. This can cause electrical problems like overheating and more frequent incidents of short-circuiting. They may seem harmless but if it gets out of hand it may cause a dangerous fire and electrical accidents that lead to property damage or human harm. In such cases, give us a call for a switchboard upgrade on the Gold Coast.

How do I know if I need to upgrade my switchboard?

The latest regulations according to Queensland electric code have stipulated that it’s mandatory for a safety switch to be fitted to every powerpoint circuit in every home. It’s required because the addition of safety switches protects residents from electrical accidents. If you continue to live without one, you will be held liable for exposing your family and your property to potentially dangerous consequences. Here’s how to spot if your switchboard is due for an upgrade –

  1. Ceramic fuses: Old ceramic fuses don’t operate as safely as modern models. They pose a serious fire risk to commercial/ domestic properties and that’s the last thing we want.
  2. Asbestos in the panels: Asbestos was commonly used as a building material in Australia well until it was halted by the government in 2013. Back panels in old-style switchboards contain asbestos and this was common practice during the period. This is a health risk for obvious reasons. An upgrade is needed a.s.a.p and here’s how much you should set aside for the cost of a new switchboard.
  3. Overcrowded Wiring: If the wiring in your circuit looks like it’s overcrowded and everything is touching, it’s time to invest in a newer model. Newer models work much more effectively than older ones with much less wiring.
  4. Flickering lights: Flickering lights mean that a light bulb is loose, or the switchboard is faulty.
  5. Electric Shock: If you are experiencing an electric shock when a plug is inserted into a powerpoint, your switchboard probably needs upgrading. This is the most obvious tell-tale sign that your box is faulty.
  6. Noises and heat: Your wiring should not be making any noise or emitting any heat. If you hear any buzzing or sizzling or feel any heat when you are in close proximity, you need to call a professional immediately. There are ways to spot electrical faults and it can help to pinpoint the problem before you call on the work of an emergency electrician.

It’s time to call a professional

Powertrip Electrical can help you with a switchboard upgrade and we’ll take you through the whole process with clear communication. Call us now on 0410 607 785 or fill this form to get a free quote. Here’s where you can find us on the Gold CoastHelensvale, Nerang, Palm Beach, Mermaid Beach, Broadbeach, Bundall, Burleigh Heads and neighbouring areas. 

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