All homes and even most apartments have their own switchboard fitted in some part of the home. This fuse box can be considered as your home’s brain because it links to every electric component in your home and it is responsible for keeping your home and everyone in your family safe and sound.
If your home or apartment building is relatively old then you should consider getting a switchboard upgrade. Upgrading your switchboard offers many benefits which we are going to discuss right here.
WHAT IS A SWITCHBOARD EXACTLY?
A switchboard or switch box can be fitted in any part of the house. In some homes, the switch box is located in the hallway and in others; it is fitted in the front of the house.
The switchboard contains many safety switches, circuit breakers or fuses. All of the circuits that run through your house is arranged and controlled from this point and from this box, they are connected to the electricity meter.
Switchboards are designed to circuit out when something is wrong in the homes current. It will switch out when a certain electric line is overused or when an electric appliance malfunction and causes a short circuit. By circuiting, the switchboard shuts off your home’s electricity and keeps your house safe from fires or can even save family members from electrification.
WHEN SHOULD YOU UPGRADE YOUR SWITCHBOARD?
Switchboards should be checked at least once in 5 years and it is always smart to upgrade your switchboard every 20 years. Older switchboards still function on ceramic fuses and not with modern circuit breakers.
Most electricians will get a new circuit installed whenever a new type of electrical device is installed in the house. If you are redoing certain circuit breakers then you might as well redo the entire box to ease future conversions.
You should also consider getting an electrician if your circuit breakers keep tripping out and especially if you notice that the circuit breaker doesn’t trip out when an electric appliance malfunctions.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF UPGRADING YOUR SWITCHBOARD?
Upgrading your switchboard offers you and your family many benefits. Here are a few of the top reasons to get old and out of date switchboard upgraded as soon as you can;
REPAIR MELTED CABLES AND LOOSE CONNECTIONS
When loose connections happen in the switchboard due to wear and tear, the electricity can jump across the cable and lead to an electric circuit. This circuit is called an arc and can start a fire.
ELIMINATE THE RISK OF FIRES IN THE FUSE BOARD
If a fuse holder arcs, it can spread heat all over other circuits. In return, more heat will be generated and more arcs will formulate.
If the switch box’s earthing isn’t up to standard, a fire can start and this can be quite catastrophic.
SAVE MONEY ON CALLOUTS
Malfunctioning circuit breakers can cause your home to trip out regularly which could have you calling out an emergency electrician many times. This can cost you a lot of money that could have been avoided if you simply upgraded this vital part of your home.
REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTROCUTION
Electricity is probably the most dangerous element in your home. Proper functioning switchboards will trip out whenever something is off in the current. If everything in the switchboard isn’t all well, the box won’t trip when someone is electrocuted which could result in fatalities.
It can be quite frustrating to have everything trip out at an unexpected moment or to have to wait for an electrician to come and help you. A well-functioning switchboard can save you from these frustrations.
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