A new consumer unit including a fixed RCD (residual current device) is the safest fuse box replacement. It will give much more protection to your home and more importantly to you and your family, by bringing your property up to modern electrical safety standards.
Far too many homes still have old fuse boxes (also referred to as fuse boards) and our experienced, qualified electricians can provide a fuse box replacement to those home owners in Stockport and surrounding areas who are looking for a reliable, professional service that will ensure electrical safety in their property.
If you do decide to have a fuse box replacement then it is very important to ensure that this job is undertaken by a fully qualified electrician who has many years of experience in fuse board replacements. N.I.C. Electrics has served the Stockport community for over 10 years and our clients have been more than satisfied with the end results.
Only use a fully qualified electrician when replacing fuse board with a consumer unit, please don’t try to swap your fuse box yourself and don’t choose someone who can’t provide any paper work or hasn’t got much experience in doing it. You don’t want to risk it when it comes to electrical safety.
Please DO NOT be tempted into using anyone who IS NOT a fully qualified electrician to do electrical work in your property, even if someone offers you something very “cheap”.
If your electrical installation is safe and meets current regulations for an electrical installation then you won’t need to upgrade. It can be very difficult to ascertain this information through just a visual assessment of your installation without any testing. The best way to make an assessment is to have an electrical inspection carried out. Once you have the report, it will assist you in deciding whether or not you need to consider a partial or even a full house rewire as opposed to just replacing the fuse box by itself.
There are visual indications that show you need to upgrade your fuse box and these include:
You have an old style fuse box with a wooden backing or cast iron switches – these will need to be replaced to ensure your safety.
You have no provision of RCDs (residual current devices) for wiring buried in walls, sockets circuits and outlets that might be used to plug in outdoor electrical equipment.
You are planning a building or home improvement project such as a new electric shower, an home extension or a loft conversion and additional wiring and new circuits will require installation.
The Landlord & Tenant Act 1985, and several other statutory regulations, require that all electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and kept in a safe condition throughout the duration of the tenancy.
Failure to comply with the relevant regulations is a criminal offence and can result in prosecution leading to:
a £5,000 fine for each item not complying with regulations
your property insurance could be invalidated
you may be sued by tenants for civil damages
up to six months in prison
manslaughter charges if your negligence leads to a tenants death.
Having a modern, up-to-date consumer unit that provides the necessary RCD protection instead of an old fuse box goes a long way towards ensuring your tenants safety. If you are not sure if your fuse box is up to date N.I.C.Electrics can provide a free electrical inspection. As a NICEIC registered electrician, we will provide an honest and comprehensive assessment.
Accidents involving electrics still happen more often than you may think, having an old, unsafe fuse box increases the risk.
The Electrical Safety Council have released the following eye-opening statistics:
around 70 people die and 1.2 million people are injured as a result of electrical accidents in UK homes every year
around 50% of fires in UK homes are caused by electrical faults, that’s around 21,000 every year
almost all of electrocutions that occur in the home and around 20% of fires with an electrical origin could have been prevented by having RCD protection.
A fuse box replacement makes your home safer for you and your family. A fuse box replacement that is 17th edition RCD protected will make your home safer protecting you from the risk of electric shock & electrical fire.
An RCD protected fuse board is a life saving device that is designed to stop you receiving electric shocks. Half of homes in the UK don’t have an RCD fuse board in place, putting the occupiers at unnecessary risk of electrical accidents.
Increase your home’s energy efficiency. Replacing your consumer will increase the energy efficiency of your property. High performing electrical appliances benefit the environment, as well as saving you money on your utility bills.
Comply with electrical wiring regulations. Many homes around the country contain consumer units that are non compliant with current electrical regulations. A new fuse board ensures that you adhere to modern electrical wiring regulation requirements.
It’s not just the price that matters, a qualified electrician will be fully certified, compliant and fully insured to carry out the work and should also have a guarantee after the job has finished. N.I.C. Electrics tick all the boxes for the job.
Your fuse box is the main hub of your property, it plays a major part in all electrical aspects in your home. If the fuse box replacement is not carried out properly then your property will be in a very dangerous condition and your family/colleagues will be at risk from electrical harm.
If you are looking for electrical work of the highest quality, carried out by a safe and experienced team you can trust, contact us today, on 01625 541794 or 07782 140782, or send us a message through our enquiry form.