A functional fuse box is extremely important because it is responsible for distributing electrical power across your property. Typically located on the outer walls of Australian houses, it comprises a switchboard with the main power switch and circuit breakers.
Not sure if you need a fuse box upgrade? If you are experiencing problems with your electrical system frequently, it might be a signal that you need to replace fuse and switchboards because they can no longer keep up with your new appliances. If they are old, then you should consider an upgrade even if everything works well because you want to prevent any problems that may occur in the future. Here is everything you need to know!
When Do You Need to Replace a Fuse Box?
Outdated fuse boxes are unsafe and pose a potential hazard. If you are not sure whether you need to replace the old one, schedule a safety check and have a professional inspect it for you. You should also be aware of the warning signs that will tell you it is time for a major upgrade. These include:
- Your fuse box is more than ten years old
- Short circuit occurs often when you start using new appliances
- You noticed flickering lights or sparks when you plug any new or old appliances
- You feel electric shocks when plugging in appliances
- Your circuit breakers are old
- Your wires get overheated frequently
- You can feel the burning smell
- Your powerpoints get too hot
Old fuse boxes are a fire hazard, so make sure to replace them as soon as possible, especially if you notice one of the additional warning signs such as overheated and melted wires, flickering lights and frequent short circuits. If you have an old home that hasn’t been renovated recently, make sure to replace ceramic fuses and aluminium wires if you have them.
The Cost of a Fuse Box Upgrade
The cost of a fuse box upgrade depends on your specific requirements, your house’s age, existing wiring, and the amount of work needed to complete the job. The basic upgrade typically costs between $800 and $1900. Additionally, you may also need to change the wiring or relocate the fuse box which could add up to the costs. For most Australian properties, it is recommended or legally required to update the whole wiring whenever you are changing the fuse box. With this extra work, the price can rise to $2000 – $4000. When paying per hour, you should know that the basic upgrade takes up to 4 hours while the work which includes cabling and rewiring typically lasts for up to 8 hours.
RCD switches are essential for safety because they protect from electrocution, short circuit, and fire. Their purpose is to monitor the current flow in circuits and cut off the power in emergency situations. Do you need one? Yes, because not having an RCD switch is a major safety hazard, and it is legally required to install it. If your fuse box doesn’t feature an RCD switch, then you definitely need an upgrade.
Professional Fuse Box Upgrade Services
If you need a fuse box upgrade, contact trusty electricians to perform an inspection and recommend the best solution for your property. GA Perry team can help you choose the safest and the most up-to-date fuse box and install it properly. We can also carry out all other works including cabling and re-wiring.