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New Switchboard Upgrades

What should we know about switchboards and switchboard upgrades, and what are the benefits of it?

Are you concerned about your electrical switchboard? Read on to learn the signs it’s time for a new one, what dangers are in store when you keep an outdated unit and how much upgrading will cost.

What is a switchboard?

Switchboards are critical in any electrical process and the centre point of electrical systems. Therefore, switchboard upgrades and maintenance are essential.

Meaning: They distribute electricity throughout your home and other buildings. Safely divide the main electrical power feed into smaller components, called branch circuits. All your power in your home can be shut off and on via your switchboard.

This process starts with circuits that carry it, then transformers that change their frequency or voltage levels before delivering these different forms through panels to devices. The amount of power each device needs to function adequately will depend on the current it’s drawing from its circuit.

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When should you do a switchboard upgrade?

Some main reasons why you need a switchboard upgrade include:

  • Older switchboards can not handle all of today’s appliances. Therefore a higher risk of fire. A newer switchboard has an inbuilt safety feature that will keep you and your family safe.
  • Old switchboard wiring is black or grey in colour, and it means you are due for an upgrade.
  • Flickering Lights can be caused by as simple as a loose light bulb. Or it can be a sign of a faulty switchboard and loose wiring.
  • Short-circuiting appliances can be caused by too much load on the switchboard. If you find that your devices keep tripping, the solution is to add more circuits or a switchboard upgrade. Skyz Electrical team is a highly skilled electrician and can assist with finding the right solution.
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  • Are fuses constantly blowing? It could be time for an upgrade. A blown a fuse can indicate a switchboard issue with power flow or poor connections in the system, as well as other possible problems such as bad wires near appliances.
  • If your switchboard has rewireable fuses instead of circuit breakers, it needs an upgrade ASAP. The old-fashioned plug can melt and short out when exposed too long without protection from sparks or other types of electricity!
  • Overcrowded wiring is when you look at your switchboard and think that the wiring seems crowded. Then it probably is, and it’s safest to call one of our friendly electricians at Skyz Electrical to take a look.
  • Noise from your switchboard can be a severe problem because power should not make noise. If you hear a buzzing or sizzling sound, you need a professional electrician ASAP.
  • Power Points should not be hot to touch or have any discolouring; these are both signs that you may need an upgrade.

These are just a few reasons for a switchboard upgrade; if you have questions or are unsure if you are due for an upgrade. Then, give us a call to organise an inspection.

Benefits of upgrading your switchboard.

It is all about safety, and an older switchboard will not comply with current regulations. Also, It is not designed to handle all the new-age appliances.

  • Newer switchboards have inbuilt safety features that help to reduce the risk of fire.
  • The newest switchboards have built-in safety features that protect against electrical shocks.
  • Lower the risk of your circuit breaker constantly tripping.
  • Fuses are much less likely to blow when using the right equipment for your power needs.
  • Some solar power options also require a newer model switchboard.

As we mentioned before, the switchboard is your central electrical hub to have a comfortable home. A switchboard upgrade is also an investment for you and your family. Let us help to find the best and the most cost-effective solution for you and your home.

Q & A

How much does it cost to upgrade your switchboard?

The prices for switchboards alone will vary according to their size and capacity, with smaller ones costing less than larger setups.

Hiring an electrician depends on the job; we price every job, so there is no hidden cost. So you can expect to pay between $1500 and $5000 for their work—generally around $1500 and $1750 for larger houses.
Still, you should not sacrifice quality materials at any point during this process – you should always choose a qualified residential electrician who uses high-quality equipment without cutting corners when it comes down to pricing!

How long does a switchboard upgrade take?

It’s different from property to property but up to 4 hours.

What is a switchboard upgrade?

An upgrade involves the replacement of all ceramic fuses with modern, safe circuit breakers and RCDs, along with the rewiring and tidying of cables behind the panel. Then the last thing to do is to test the entire installation and residents.

How long does a switchboard last?

The life span is between 25- 40 years.

What happens when you upgrade your electrical panel?

Improve energy efficiency and lower your monthly cost. When your electrical system and appliances are running more efficiently, you use less energy overall, and in addition, it can reduce your insurance cost.

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