A switchboard is the central point of the electrical wiring in residential and commercial buildings. It helps in directing the supply of electricity from the main point of power supply to the different circuits throughout the building. It needs to be maintained and upgraded from time to time to ensure its properly working as well as the safety of the people living or working there. However, for electrical maintenance and switchboard upgrades you should call a professional electrical service as it can be dangerous to check the circuit breakers and fuses if you have no or very little experience.
When to call professional electrical services
But you should know when to call an electrical service for switchboard upgrades and electrical maintenance. A list of signs that can help you in recognising the need for upgrading the switchboard is provided here so that you can call an electrical service before it gets worse.
Short-circuit of appliances: The chances of tripping or short-circuiting can increase due to overload if your switchboard is old. It can be due to the lack of a mechanism that protects your circuits from getting burnt or overheated. Most old switchboards cannot handle a load of high-watt consumptions due to their obsolete designs. In this condition, electrical maintenance and switchboard upgrades become inevitable to stop the problem of short-circuiting.
Flicker in lights: A light can flicker due to various reasons like improper screwing of the bulb, loosening of the wiring or smashed switchboard. But, if the problem continues for a longer time then it can increase the risk of fire in the house. In such condition, you should call an electrical service for electrical maintenance as soon as possible.
Overcrowded switchboard: If the wiring on your switchboard looks overcrowded then instead of waiting for some mishap you should immediately call a licensed electrical service provider for switchboard upgrades and electrical maintenance to ensure your safety and mental peace. At the time of upgrading your switchboard, you can also make additional arrangements on it, if you are planning to install more electrical appliances in the near future.
Replacement of rewire-able fuses: If the switchboard of your old house has fuses in place of circuit breakers even then you should call the electrical service for switchboard upgrades as soon as possible. There can be various types of safety problems with rewire-able fuses with fuses made of copper wire as it can melt with overload and can cause dangerous results. Though these fuses can be made reusable by replacing their copper wire still they do not perform as effectively as the original fuses. So, electrical maintenance becomes necessary in such a condition to avoid any mishap in the near future.
So, if you recognize the need for switchboard upgrades on the basis of the signs discussed in this write-up then you can contact us at ElecSmith in the southeast of Melbourne. We are a family owned electrical service that is providing electrical maintenance services to its residential as well as commercial customers in this region since last over 35 years.
ElecSmith are your local licensed electrical contractors. We specialise in:
- Light installation
- Electrical maintenance
- Switchboard upgrades
- Electrical rewiring
- Domestic electrical work
- Commercial electrical work
- Industrial electricians
- Electrical faults
- Electrical safety
To book an appointment, please call our friendly team on 0404 027 457. Our team is ready to service you in Melbourne.