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Should I upgrade my fuseboard ?
Under normal circumstances, it's unlikely that you'll need to interact with your fuse box unless you need to turn off the main power supply. This means that if you haven't encountered any problems, you may not have had the opportunity to examine the internal components. Nonetheless, being familiar with the various elements of the fuse box can assist you in identifying when a replacement is required, which can help prevent potential hazards.
We understand that this may seem intimidating, so we'll guide you through the process of determining when you need a new fuse box by covering the following points:
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What is a fuseboard ?
Understanding the inner workings of a fuse box is vital before addressing any potential issues that may require a replacement. Gaining familiarity with the various components of a fuse box can enable you to detect problems early on, preventing them from escalating.
A consumer unit, also known as a fuse box, is responsible for regulating the flow of electricity to your property. Locating the fuse box is crucial, and you should ensure easy access to it. In case of an emergency, make sure the pathway to the fuse box is free of clutter. If the fuse box is situated higher up on a wall, keeping a stepladder nearby can be beneficial.
Opening up the fuse box and examining its inner components can be daunting, especially if you're not an electrician. However, there are only a few key components you need to know, including the main switch, residual current devices (RCD), and circuit breakers.
The main switch is essential in emergencies as it shuts off the entire electrical supply to your home. It's crucial to know how to turn your power on and off to protect yourself and your family against shock or injury.
Residual Current Devices RCDs are a more modern addition to fuse boxes and have saved many lives. They automatically switch off electricity if they detect a problem with an electrical appliance or sense that someone has touched a live wire. Testing the RCDs every three months is recommended.
Circuit breakers are integrated for safety purposes, similar to RCDs, to switch off a circuit when danger is detected, causing a 'trip.' If a circuit breaker trips, you need to correct the fault and reset the switch.
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What could go wrong with my fuseboard ?
As experienced electricians we strongly advise against attempting to fix any issues with your fuse box if you are uncertain about what the problem may be. It is always best to seek the help of professionals who can assess the condition of your fuse box safely and accurately. At our company, we are always happy to visit your home and carry out a thorough inspection.
However, like any other component of your home, problems with your fuse box may arise over time, and it is important to be aware of what these issues could be and what they may signify. By doing so, you can take the necessary steps to resolve any problems that may arise. With this in mind, the following are the most common problems that can occur with a fuse box:
Loose or Dislodged Fuses
It's important to ensure that fuses fit snugly into their respective terminals regardless of the fuse box type or age. Any loose or dislodged fuses indicate a potential problem with the terminals. If left unaddressed, the issue could result in a defective or corroded terminal, rendering it unable to perform its intended function. Therefore, it's wise to seek the advice of a qualified electrician when such problems arise.
Frequent Tripping of Circuit Breakers
While circuit breakers are designed to trip in case of a detected electrical danger, repeated tripping indicates a deeper issue. The frequent need to reset your fuse box could indicate poor wiring or a contained short circuit. Our team of contractors can perform electrical inspections to determine the underlying problem, providing a guide on how to proceed. You can also check out Home Tree's comprehensive guide on why your fuse box may keep tripping.
Melted Fuses and Burnt Terminals
A properly functioning fuse box should never display visible damage. If you observe melted fuses or burnt terminals, it's an indication that the components have overheated. This could be a sign of a dangerous defect in your fuse box, which necessitates the expertise of a certified electrician. Ignoring the issue could escalate the risk of an electrical fire.
Strange Sounds and Smells
It can be challenging to detect electrical issues if you lack expertise in the field. However, a distinct sound or smell emanating from your fuse box is a clear warning sign of an underlying problem. Popping or hissing sounds, accompanied by an unpleasant odour, indicate an issue that requires prompt attention from our electrical contractors in Eastbourne.
With a plethora of electronic devices in use in modern homes, it's easy to overload your fuse box, especially when using extension cords.
An overloaded fuse box could pose a significant risk, necessitating regular inspections to ascertain the number of devices running on each circuit. To learn more about avoiding electrical overload, Rubber Box Co Ltd has compiled a helpful guide with top tips.
Napit Approved Engineers
At JS Electrical Services, we understand the importance of ensuring that your property's electrical system is safe and up-to-date. That's why we only use NAPIT accredited electricians to upgrade new fuse boards.
NAPIT is a UK-based organization that works to ensure the safety and quality of electrical installations in homes and commercial properties. By working with NAPIT accredited electricians, we can assure our clients that their fuse board upgrade will be carried out by a skilled and knowledgeable professional who adheres to the highest standards of safety and quality. Our commitment to using only NAPIT accredited electricians is part of our dedication to providing top-quality electrical services that our clients can trust.