Do I need to upgrade my switchboard?

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Do I need to upgrade my switchboard?

Switchboards are the central hub of your home’s electrical system, transforming and directing the power from the street into where it needs to go within your home. Switchboards should be regularly updated simply to keep effectively managing the electricity in your home and keeping you and your family safe. A staggering 40 per cent of the 4,500 house fires in NSW each year are caused by electrical faults and appliances, which could have been prevented had the switchboards been updated to meet all safety standards.

Switchboards control and isolate electrical surges in any circuit within nano-seconds, cutting power to the circuit to avoid electrical accidents and electrocution. Many switchboards are out of date and are not up to scratch, meaning there is an unnecessary risk of electrical accidents, including fires and electric shock, if left unchecked. Here are some of the common reasons you might need to upgrade your switchboard:

You are installing new or replacing old appliances with newer or bigger ones.
Your circuits keep tripping because you are overloading them with more appliances.
You are adding new power points to your home.
Your switchboard has not been upgraded in years and you have the old ceramic fuses meaning your switchboard does NOT meet current Australian safety standards.
You hear a buzzing or can smell burning from your switchboard.
Your lights flicker for no apparent reason.