Fuse board replacements and consumer unit upgrades

Are you thinking of replacing or upgrading your fuse board or consumer unit? we’re here to make life easier for you. if its a repair or replace. We can help. Highly experienced and knowledgeable. Local and reliable NICEIC approved electricians for domestic or commercial services in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. Warrington, Cheshire and Wigan, Greater Manchester areas and other areas across the North West.

Fuse board replacement and consumer unit upgrades

ProElec Electrical Services can replace your fuse board or consumer units so you're up to date with current electrical safety standards 2020 that would provide better protection to your electrical wiring system.  A new consumer unit will ensure your home not only conforms to current electrical safety standards, but it would also provide protection to you're family and home. Modern distribution boards/consumer units are made of a non-combustible material (metal) to prevent the fire from spreading outside of the enclosure, they contain BS EN 60898 miniature circuit breakers or better know as MCB's, if the power trips or cuts out you simply flick the switch to reset the power, these replaced the old BS 3036 rewireable fuse type (semi-enclosed). When the power cut out on this type of fuse you had to replace the fuse wire inside the enclosure (not ideal in total darkness). All new consumer units will have spare ways so if you ever need to add a new circuit you will have spare space. If you're looking to swap or upgrade to an 18th edition consumer unit or looking for some advice click here. or Call us now on: 01925 222197

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Looking for an electrician locally to replace your fuse board ?

Many fuse boards are out of date and simply don’t comply with modern health and safety requirements. If your fuse board / fuse box has a wooden back board, cast iron or ceramic switches, or a mixture of fuses it is likely that it dates back to before the 1960’s.

Older fuse boards / fuse boxes also offer little protection from electric shock. We would recommend you have your fuse board upgraded for a new 18 edition consumer unit 2019.

A consumer unit or fusebox is used to control and distribute electricity around our homes. People have different names for distribution boards, they are known as: Fuse boxes, fuse boards, electric consumer box, consumer boards, consumer fuse boxes.

A distribution board usually contains:

Mains Switch

The main switch in the distribution board allows you to turn off the electricity supply to your electrical installation. Some electrical installations have more than one mains switch.

To give an example if your home is heated by electric storage heaters, you may have a separate consumer unit (fuse box) for them. The consumer unit should be easy to get to, so find out where the mains switch is to turn the electricity off in an emergency.

Fuses

Re-wirable fuses have a piece of special fuse wire running between two screws. When a fault or overload current flows through the fuse wire it will become hot. The heat will melt the fuse wire when the current goes above an acceptable level.

The melted fuse breaks the circuit, disconnecting the faulty circuit. With this type of board you have got to replace the wire inside the fuse holder when it blows.

Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are automatic protection devices fitted in the consumer unit which switch off a circuit if a fault is detected. Circuit breakers are similar in size to fuse holders but provide more precise protection than fuses.

When they ‘trip’, you can simply reset the switch. However, you first need to find and correct the fault.

Residual Current Devices

An RCD is a switching device that trips a circuit under certain conditions, and disconnects the electricity supply and should disconnect the supply within 0.4 of a second = 40ms. If your electrical installation includes one or more RCDs then test them regularly.

You can do this by following the instruction label which should be near to the Residual Current Device. The label should read as follows: “This installation, or part of it, is protected by a device which automatically switches off the supply if an earth fault develops. Test (every six months) by pressing the button marked ‘T’ or ‘Test’.”

The typical cost of replacing a domestic fuse board is usually from £360 for a domestic board change.

We provide FREE estimates to replace existing fuse boards with a Modern Consumer Units which provide a far greater level of protection.

Many fuse boards are out of date and simply don’t comply with modern health and safety requirements.

If your fuse board / fuse box has a wooden back board, cast iron or ceramic switches, or a mixture of fuses it is likely that it dates back to before the 1960’s. Older fuse boards / fuse boxes also offer little protection from electric shock. We would recommend you have your fuse board upgraded for a new 18 edition consumer unit.

In all new build properties the IEE Wiring Regulations (18th Edition : BS 7671, Published 2018) requires circuits in domestic properties to be RCD-protected (residual-current device).

The most common being a main switch with RCBOs protecting each individual circuit. An alternative method favours a main switch with two RCDs protecting separate DIN rails. If careful consideration is given as to what each bar will control in the way of upstairs and downstairs lighting and power circuits.

With a old fuse board or consumer box with re-wireable fuse wire (BS 3036) when the fuse goes you have to replace the fuse wire, this could cause a few problems especially in the dark, not only that you have got to find what fuse has blown, then have to find your screwdriver to replace it.

Does the fuse board in your rented property trip for no reason?

We work with property landlords of all sizes rectifying electrical issues. ProElec Electrical Services are happy to offer a free survey of your property and provide you with a free no-obligation quote to replace the fuse board and rectify any other issues.

Electricity is dangerous and can kill. By law it is essential that your property meets all the current safety standards.

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18th Edition Mains Board.

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Inside a New Mains Board

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About old fuse boards and why they don’t comply

Many fuse boards are out of date and simply don’t comply with modern health and safety requirements.

If your fuse board or fuse box has a wooden back board, cast iron or ceramic switches, or a mixture of fuses it is likely that it dates back to before the 1960’s. Older fuse boards or fuse boxes also offer little protection from electric shock. We would recommend you have your fuse board upgraded for a new 18 edition consumer unit.

In all new build properties the IEE Wiring Regulations (18th Edition : BS 7671, Published 2018) requires circuits in domestic properties to be RCD-protected (residual-current device).

The most common being a main switch with RCBOs protecting each individual circuit. An alternative arrangement favours a main switch with two RCDs protecting separate DIN rails. If careful consideration is given as to what each bar will control in the way of upstairs and downstairs lighting and power circuits.

With a old fuse board or consumer box with re-wireable fuse wire (BS 3036) when the fuse goes you have to replace the fuse wire, this could cause a few problems especially in the dark, not only that you have got to find what fuse has blown, then have to find your screwdriver to replace it. the last thing you want to be doing is repairing a blown fuse in the dark.

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Why use us for a fuse board replacement.

  • All our electricians and staff are uniformed and carry company identification.
  • Each electrician is qualified to the new 2019 18th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations and CITY & GUILDS 2391 Inspection & Testing Certification of Electrical Installations.
  • The NIC-EIC Insurance Backed Warranty covers work done by contractors registered to the NIC-EIC Domestic Installer Scheme.
  • All of our engineers are fully CRB certified and NIC-EIC approved for complete piece of mind.

For more information please contact us or telephone us directly on 01925 222197