A Fuse-board goes by many names. A few common examples are; Consumer unit, Distribution board & DB. They all, however, serve the same purpose. To protect your property.
Why should I replace my Fuse-board?
Most 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 the properties wiring. Now they can detect if a person has come into contact with electricity.
Other changes and advances in the design of new fuse-boards are:
Fire integrity - Many Consumer units/Fuse-boards are located under peoples stairs or by their front doors. If a usually by coats and other flammable materials. If I fire was to start inside a fuse-board it would block escape routes and exits. New Consumer units/Fuse-boards are designed to contain any fire which develops internally.
Circuit Breakers - Older generations of Consumer units may 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 new Fuse-boards.
RCD's - This is the device which detects whether electricity has taken a wrong path in your property and found it's way to earth. This is what can protect people and pets from electrocution and a great addition to most new fuse-boards.
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.
If everything is okay we will provide you with a written quotation for replacing your Fuse-board and a link to our online diary where you can book your appointment and pay a deposit.
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.