Old fuseboards can be extremely dangerous and it’s important they’re replaced as soon as possible. They can not only cause accidents. but in some cases, death. The question is how do you identify whether or not your fuse board needs replacing?
If you’re moving into a new property and it’s fairly old, then it’s more than likely you’ll have an old fuseboard along with sockets and lights that need replacing with something more modern. It may look quaint and appealing from a vintage perspective but believe me if you have an electrical accident or even worse a fire, then you’ll be wishing you’d changed everything.
How can you identify whether or not an old fuseboard needs replacing?
There are some things you can look out for:
If your fusebox has a wooden back or you spot cast iron switches around the house, they’ll need replacing and are probably from around the 1950s/1960s
There are no RCDs in the fuse box. These are also known as ‘residual current devices’ and these are what cuts out the electricity if something doesn’t work, so you don’t have an accident, like an electric shock
It’s important to check these things out now, because if you’re planning on a new electric shower, an extension on your home or a loft conversion, additional wiring and new circuits will need to be considered.
It’s natural that if it’s a new home, you’ll be wanting to make some changes and bring the house up to date.
UK laws and regulations regarding fuseboards must always be adhered to
Your fuseboard needs to meet current UK regulations, and this is especially important if you’re a landlord of a property that you rent out. This is something you’ll need to look into. Even if you’re not a landlord you’ll still need to think about the long-term safety of your home, making sure it’s safe from fire and electrical faults and that there’s danger to life. This is especially important if you have young children.
Always hire an electrician who is trained and qualified to carry out any fuseboard replacement
If you realise your fuseboard is definitely in need of replacement, then please make sure you hire a qualified, trained electrician who’s experienced in carrying out jobs of this nature. They must be able to offer a guarantee should anything go wrong. This may cost a little more, but it’s definitely worth it for the peace of mind it will give you. Make sure the electrician you use is a member of a government approved scheme, this means they are competent to carry out complex electricity work on both domestic and commercial property.
GW Electrics – for safe, quality fuseboard replacement work you can trust
If you’re in need of a competent electrician to replace your fuseboard, then look no further than GW Electrics. We’re known for our quality workmanship and we have a valued client base that recommends us to others by word of mouth. Please give us a call and we can discuss your fuseboard replacement needs and arrange a convenient visit to your home or business.