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Fusebox Replacement in Halstead CO9

Frequently asked questions

When do I need to replace my fusebox?

Unit has rewire-able type fuses which contain fuse wire

  • Unit is wooden

  • Unit is broken

  • Unit has NO RCD

  • Unit has porcelain type fuse carriers with fuse wire

  • Unit is old or outdated

  • You have had an electrical inspection and it has been highlighted

You should always get your Fusebox checked if:

  • You are going to rent your property

  • If you are going to purchase a property

  • You are going to purchase property insurance

  • You have not had an electrical inspection carried out by a registered electrician in the last 10 years.

It is the responsibility of any Landlord or Employer to ensure the safe and correct operation of an electrical installation.

What happens when a new Consumer unit is installed or upgraded?

It is standard procedure that as a part of replacing your fusebox your existing electrical wiring must be fully tested. (See reports and certificates for more information on electrical testing and inspections). Our qualified and competent electrician will carry out a series of tests to ensure that your existing wiring is suitable and can withstand a modern 18th edition consumer unit with incorporated RCD (Residual Current Device) BEFORE installing it.

In any case where the wiring is NOT tested beforehand there is a possibility that the new fuse board will pick up any underlying faults within the existing circuits and continuously trip leaving you WITHOUT power.

There are usually no problems when replacing a Fusebox, If there are we will highlight these beforehand allowing you to make appropriate decisions on weather to proceed or not, in rare circumstances the electrical wiring within the existing installation may be so outdated or faulty it requires part or full rewiring. (See rewiring for more information on this subject)

What is an MCB?

MCB stands for ‘miniature circuit breaker ‘, A circuit breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by over-current/overload or short circuit. Its basic function is to interrupt current flow after Protective relays detect faults condition.

What is an RCD?

RCD stands for ‘residual current device’and is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs can help protect you from electric shock in potentially dangerous areas like bathrooms and gardens, and there are various types of RCDs that can be used to make sure you are always as safe as possible.

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What happens once a consumer unit has been replaced?

On completion we will issue the following:

  • Full installation certificate (This is an important document and must be kept safe)

  • Part P notification to your local authority

  • Written confirmation of our standard 1 year GUARANTEE on both parts and labour.

About 70 people die and 1.2 million are injured in electrical accidents in UK homes each year, approximately 50% of fires in UK homes are caused by electrical faults (that’s about 21,000 per year).
Almost all electrocutions in the home and 20% of fires with an electrical origin could have been prevented by having RCD protection.

A consumer unit installation or upgrade should always be carried out by a competent and registered electrician.

Contact us today to arrange your Fusebox replacement.