Electrical switchboards are one of the most important parts of your home, after all, what would you do without electricity? These devices route electricity right to where you need it, delivering the conveniences and comforts we are accustomed to.
Despite this, electrical switchboards can become outdated and even overwhelmed with the requirements of technology, such as lighting and appliances. If you suspect that your electrical switchboard might not be able to keep up with modern energy needs, it might be time for an upgrade.
Although many of our appliances claim to be energy efficient, households are consuming more and more energy each day, so it’s no surprise that old electrical switchboards can’t keep up.
It’s important to be aware of the signs that might point towards a need to upgrade your electrical switchboard. Here’s what to look out for.
You Live in an Old House
If you live in an older house your power board may not be up to the task of supporting the variety of appliances that are required in our modern lives. In times past, a single 60-amp electrical switchboard did the job, however, now homes generally require single phase 80amp or three phase 80amp. Your panel should display it’s specifications, however, if you are unsure it might be a good idea to get an electrician to take a look.
Your Appliances Aren’t Performing Properly
If you notice that your appliances aren’t working to the best of their ability, it might be a sign that your electrical switchboard panel isn’t keeping up. Some signs of an overworked panel include appliances cutting out, lights flickering and corrosion or signs of melting around the unit itself. If you regularly find that using multiple appliances trips breakers, this could also be a good indication that your electrical switchboard may need an upgrade.
Your electrical switchboard Uses a Fuse Rather Than Residual Circuit Breakers (RCBO)
Prior to the 1970s, most homes were built with fuses, which essentially operate in the same way as a circuit breaker, and protect from surges, however, they are prone to melting, blowing, short-circuiting, and in the worst cases, fires. Fuse based systems were adequate for the power needs of a home 50 years ago, however, in the modern age, they can easily become overloaded. If you have a fuse based system, the best bet is to have an electrician install a Residual Circuit Breaker.
Your Breakers Are Frequently Tripping
Circuit breakers are designed to trip when they detect an irregularity in a flow in electricity and protect the system from the dangers of an influx of current, which can in the worst case can cause fires. Tripping is an important feature to protect your system, however, if you find that your system is tripping regularly it’s a good indication that there’s something wrong with your electrical switchboard, or your electrical switchboard panel can’t cope with the electrical draw in your home.
You’re Renovating or Have Purchased New Appliances
If you have recently renovated your home, it’s a good idea to make sure that your electrical switchboard can handle any new changes to the circuit. Similarly, any new appliances may burden your system and cause it to overload.
When it comes to upgrading your electrical switchboard it’s not just a matter of convenience, it’s also a matter of safety.
If you have any questions about electrical switchboards, or if you believe it may be time for an upgrade the best bet is to talk to a professional.
With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electronics in your old home or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCON about Power Boards today.