What you need to know

Upgrade your property's safety

A Fuse board goes by many names. A few common examples are; Fuse box, Consumer unit & Distribution board. They all, however, serve the same purpose. To protect your property. 

Why should I replace my Fuse board?

New Fuse boards, Consumer units and Distribution boards that are installed have the capability to protect people as well as the property. That's right, up until recently most fuse boards would only isolate problems to your homes wiring. Now they can detect if a person has come into contact with electricity and disconnect the power quickly..

Other changes and advances in the design of new fuse boards are:

  • Fire integrity - Many consumer units and fuse boards are located underneath peoples stairs or by their front door. Quite often they're located by coats, plastic bags and other flammable materials. If an electrical fire was to start under your stairs because of your fuse board, it would quickly block your only escape route. New consumer units and fuse boards are made from a fire retardant material, which is designed to contain any fire that develops internally.
  • Circuit breakers - Old fuse boards would use re-wireable fuses. These could easily be wired with the wrong sized wire. They also took longer to isolate faulty circuits in comparison to a new consumer unit.
  • RCD's - This is the device which detects whether electricity has taken a wrong path in your property and found a way to earth. This is what can protect people and pets from electrocution and a great addition to new consumer units.

What's involved?

Before any Fuse board can be replaced we need to make sure that a new consumer unit will operate correctly on the property's existing wiring. We can do this with a free site inspection which you can book with the button below.

The inspection will look at your Earthing arrangements and some initial test readings we obtain from your existing wiring.

After completion of your consumer unit, you will be issued with an electrical certificate and a letter from your local building control confirming that they have been notified about the work.

fuse board replacement video

Here is a tidy Consumer Unit replacement which we carried out on a job in Carshalton. 

This Consumer unit was a Wylex, 17th edition board.

Installing a consumer unit in front of an audience

We had the honour of installing a consumer unit in front of the students of Tresham Electrical College.