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Switchboard Upgrades- When Do You Need Them?

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If you’re moving into a new home, or aren’t sure if your existing home has a modern electrical switchboard, it’s a good idea to call the experts at Quick Connect Electrical to inspect the system and provide custom solutions. Most people don’t realise that getting the switchboard updated is one of the most important things to do with reference to the safety of your family and home. Here are three reaaons why you should consider getting your switchoard upgraded without dealy:

  1. Australian Electrical Standards Require You to Have Safety Switches

Australian Electrical Standards are constantly reviewed & updated to comply with all the modern day electrical usage, demands and safety. The latest electrical standards require that all power & lighting circuits need to have safety switches installed to prevent electrical hazards in your home. These devices very quickly switch off the power supply to your property in case an electrical fault is detected.

While circuit breakers & fuses can protect the switchboard against electrical overloads, a safety switch can protect your life and property, disconnecting the power in about 0.03 seconds if an electrical current is detected. If you haven’t got your switchboard updated recently, you might at risk and should consider calling in a professional electrician to inspect the system and fix the problem. Contact a licensed electrician in Sydney today for a quote. Take a look at when you would need a switchboard upgrade:

  1. An older switchboard can’t handle modern day power demands

Older switchboards were designed to handle the appliances that existed at that point of time such as small kitchen appliances, a washing machine, small fans etc. But today, every home has a large number of larger appliances and devices that require higher power. This, in combination with dated wiring, can result in hazards such as electrical shocks. These are responsible for about 300 hospitalisations and 15 deaths and in Australia annually.

  1. Fire risk

Older switchboards that rely solely on fuses and replaceable wires can pose a significant fire risk. If your home has an older switchboard and you regularly experience blown fuses, this is usually caused by excessive power demands from the modern heavy-duty appliances mentioned above. The main problem is that the more a fuse blows, the higher the impact on the circuit breaker. It becomes less effective at doing its job which can eventually result in an overload in the system.

Electrical overloads in older switchboards can lead to reduced capacity for safety, causing the switchboard parts to overheat and melt and eventually catch fire. The best way to find out whether your switchboards are updated is to call us to get the system assessed.

Quick Connect Electrical can provide excellent switchboard upgrade services, all-round electrical installation, repair and installation solutions and 24/7 emergency services at very cost-effective pricing. To check if we serve your area, just enter your pin code in the box on the right of the page. See what our customers are saying about our company & services. We can provide you the best services at cost-effective pricing. For an emergency electrician in Sydney, any time of the day or night, call us at this number- 1300 725 894.

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