Do I need to upgrade my switchboard?

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Do I need to upgrade my switchboard?

Switchboards are the electrical heart of your home, distributing the power supply from the street to the lights and appliances in your home. To keep your family safe, switchboards should be regularly maintained. A staggering 40 percent of the 4,500 house fires in NSW each year are caused by electrical faults which could have been prevented had the switchboards been inspected by a licensed electrician and if required updated for safety.

Safety switches protect you and your family from earth-leakage faults the most common cause of shock and electrocution by isolating electricity to affected circuit(s) within just 30 milliseconds, less than the time it takes for your heart to complete a full beat cycle. Many switchboards are outdated and if left unchecked leave the residents with unnecessary risk of electrical accidents, including fire, electric shock, and electrocution.

Here are some of the common reasons you might need your switchboard inspected or upgraded:

  • You are installing new or replacing old appliances with newer or more powerful ones.
  • Your circuits keep tripping.
  • You are adding new power points to your home.
  • Your switchboard has not been upgraded and you have ceramic fuses.
  • You have circuit breakers, and you don’t have safety switches.
  • You are renovating and your switchboard does NOT meet current Australian Standards for safety (AS3000:2018 Wiring rules).
  • You hear buzzing or can smell burning coming from your switchboard.
  • Your lights flicker or dim for no apparent reason.