Do you need to replace your fuse board or consumer unit?
Ask yourself the following:
- Q1. Does your fuse board look like any of these?
- Q2. Are you planning a kitchen or bathroom refit?
- Q3. Do you want power / lighting in the garden or an outbuilding?
If the answer is yes to Q1, then Q2 and Q3 require a new (RCD protected) consumer unit to be installed.
These are typical to many properties I have visited and whilst they may still prove to be safe (following proper inspection and testing), they are overdue an upgrade to a modern ‘consumer unit’. Consumer units greatly increase the electrical safety of your home as they include RCDs providing fault / shock protection and utilise switched fuses (MCBs) instead of fuse wire.
If you are planning for a new kitchen, bathroom or garden lighting and/or sockets, you should be informed by the contractor that work cannot begin until the fuse board is changed to one with RCD protection, prior to the commencement of the proposed work.
Note: As of 1/1/2016, all replacement consumer units must be of fire retardant construction (i.e. metal cabinets) with glanded cable entry points. This is to comply with the latest ‘Amendment 3’ of the 17th edition, BS7671 wiring regulations. In some cases, a cheaper stand alone RCD can be fitted in order to meet regulations for an electric shower or outside socket for example. However, this is only putting off the inevitable.
For a free, no obligation quote, please contact NG Electric on 07891 071768 and we can arrange a visit and advise you on your specific electrical requirements.