Your fuse box controls the electrical supply and circuits in your home. It’s also known as a fuse board, or a consumer unit. You can usually find it tucked away in a cupboard, or in a garage.
Fuse boxes have been commonly found in properties for over 50 years. There are still lots of old fuse boxes in operation. If you installed your fuse box after 2008 it should be fine. But if it was installed before then you should look into whether it needs replacing. Here are 3 reasons why you should upgrade your old fuse box.
Safety is a top reason to replace an old fuse box. Old fuse boxes are unlikely to have residual circuit devices (RCDs).
RCDs detect electrical current changes, and disconnect your power supply if it’s too high. So without these components, you and your household are at higher risk of electric shock.
Old fuse boxes can also increase fire risk. Electrical Safety First claims that electricity causes nearly 50% of accidental house fires. Having an old fuse box makes it more likely that a fault will occur, and increases the chances of a house fire.
Modern habits mean that we rely heavily on electrical appliances. Many of us would struggle to make it through the day without a kettle, an electric shower, lighting or a fridge.
Older fuse boxes are designed for less electrical use than is common today. This means they can easily be overloaded. Overloaded fuse boxes are more likely to fail and leave you without electricity.
3. Wiring Regulations
The UK has wiring regulations to make sure that all electrical installations are safe. The most recent edition of these came out in 2008. It states that all fuse boxes should have residual circuit devices (RCDs).
These regulations mean that if you want to rent out your property, you will have to make sure your fuse box has RCDs. If it isn’t, you will need to replace it with a newer one that does. You may also find it harder to sell your property if your old fuse box doesn’t meet wiring regulations.
So there are several good reasons why you should replace your old fuse box. If you’d like someone to replace your fuse box, or need advice, you can fill out our online form. We’ll connect you with up to 4 tradespeople in your local area, who’ll be able to provide you with a quote.
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