If you’ve recently moved into a new home or you are unsure how old your switchboard is at your current home, it’s time to take a closer look. Generally, older switchboards struggle to handle the power demands of a modern home and can quickly become a fire hazard. Furthermore, safety standards are far higher than they were decades ago, so the electrical wiring, circuit breakers and safety switches probably in older switchboards may not be up to scratch.
Let’s take a closer look and how you can tell if your switchboard needs upgrading.
Upgrading Switchboards in Older Homes
Modern electrical appliances like central heating, dryers, large tv screens, security systems and air conditioning can place huge demands on older electrical switchboards causing them to become overloaded. They then either shut down or heat up and this is where the risk lies. If your switchboard heats up enough components will start to melt and eventually catch fire.
So, how do you make sure your home is safe and compliant?
Warning Signs Your Switchboard Needs Upgrading
There are usually several clear warning signs that there is something not quite right with your switchboard. Catching them early is important to avoid serious damage or worse to your home. Here’s what to look for:
- Fuses blowing when there are too many appliances in use
- Lights are flickering in your home for no obvious reason
- Ceramic fuses
- There is no more room in your switchboard
If you notice sparks or an unexplained burning smell call an emergency electrician immediately.
Nowra Electrician: Switchboard Upgrades
If you are concerned about your switchboard, give Walkers Electrical Solutions a call. We have over 12 years of experience in the industry completing all types of electrical work including upgrading switchboards. We are happy to come out to your home or business and give you our expert opinion and provide a free switchboard upgrade cost estimation.