Have you heard the horror stories? Well, we don’t want to scare you, but an old, overloaded switchboard is a serious fire hazard that not enough homeowners think about.

The thing is, old switchboards were designed to cope with the average household’s electricity use at the time. Think about how much has changed since the 1970s and 80s! No giant, flat screen TVs, no computers, no mobile phone chargers, fewer electric kitchen appliances…the list goes on.

That’s why most homes over 10 years old require a switchboard upgrade.

Switchboard Switchboard before upgrade

Switchboard after upgrade

Switchboard before upgrade

Switchboards and Modern Appliances

Did you know that your computer uses more electricity than your oven? How about the TV? It uses more electricity than your washing machine.

10, 20, 30 years ago, most homes didn’t have computers and large, energy-guzzling TVs. So, just as our technology advances, so must our switchboards.

Neglecting your switchboard can have horrific consequences, including electrocution and house fire.

Let’s take a look at a real-life Sydney example of a switchboard upgrade. How

Switchboard Upgrade in Marrickville Home

At a home in Marrickville we came face-to-face with an old, out-dated, dangerous switchboard. It had no working safety switches, old fuses, old cabling, all housed in an unsightly box at the front door. And, to make matters worse, the box was positioned quite high, making it difficult for the homeowners to access it.

This switchboard needed upgrading immediately. Here’s why:

  • The connections in the box were loose, making it a serious fire hazard. It was a fire just waiting to happen.
  • The switchboard was so old that the fuses had been phased out, which means they could never be replaced.
  • Not having a working safety switch is not only incredibly dangerous, it violates Australian Electrical Standards.

We installed a new switchboard around the side of the house, enclosed in a proper, weather-protected metering box. We also installed the correctly rated individual safety switches for each circuit.

They no longer have an ugly old mess at the front door; they have a safe, compliant and accessible switchboard.

Signs You Need a Switchboard Upgrade

Concerned? Look out for these signs:

  • Frequent power outs
  • Flickering lights
  • Fuses with copper cable
  • No safety switch
  • Existing fuse board holds burnt out fuses
  • You have extended your home, or purchased significantly more electrical appliances

The only way to be 100% certain that your switchboard is safe is to have an electrician perform a switchboard audit.

So if you have any doubts at all, don’t hesitate to get in contact. Call us on 1300 191 330, or shoot us an email – simply use the Contact Me form – top right.