The core of every electrical installation is the Fuse Board. Many properties in Watford, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, North London and the whole of the UK in general, still have outdated circuit protection, inadequate earthing and no residual current devices. Most of the people would prefer to stick with their current fuse box, in order to save some money, but replacing fuse board, when necessary could be vital for the safety of the property and the occupants.
Fuse board replacement & upgrade
If you are planning to carry out an electrical work in your property, now would be the right time to consider upgrade or fuse board replacement. The new electrical installations would, most probably, require to be RCD protected and your existing fuse box, may not have an option for this. No one likes the additional expense that this may add to your refurbishment project. However in order to comply with the latest regulations, as well as to make sure that your property is safe, fuse board replacement may be mandatory in some cases.
Here comes the involvement of Professional Electrician which can deal with the required upgrade of the fuse board in your property. It is of a particular importance to chose experienced and qualified electrician, which will guarantee you the quality of the electrical work. At the end the job, Safety certificate will be issued, which is your guarantee that all is carried in accordance with the latest standards and regulations.
Consumer Unit & Fuse board – What is the difference?
A fuse board and a consumer unit serve the same purpose. The main thing they do is to distribute electricity in your house through multiple circuits and instantly turn the power off, whenever a power overload occurs on one of the circuits. This is most commonly known as “tripping”. See more information about RCD Tripping – Causes And Solutions
When tripping occurs, the consumer unit will switch the power off using the circuit breaker, which is linked to the overloaded circuit. It will turn itself to the position OFF making the faulty circuit easily identifiable. After the circuit is fixed, the circuit breaker can be switched back on and the power restored.
Fuse board, on the other hand, uses fuses instead of circuit breakers. Each fuse contains a wire which will melt if there is an electrical overload and make the circuit trip and switch the power off. Few of the down sides of fuse boards is that, tt is not easy to identify the faulty circuit, when using fuse board. Also once the fuse wire is melted, it needs to be replaced with new one, which could be extremely inconvenient if you do not have a spare one.
In general consumer units are the modern and safer version of fuse boards which in most cases are no longer compliant with current electrical regulations.
If your house is fitted with an old fuse box, this might be time to for you to consider a fuse board replacement.
What is Earthing & why do you need it?
Earthing is used to protect you from an electric shock. It does this by providing a path (a protective conductor) for a fault current to flow to earth. It also causes the protective device (either a circuit-breaker or fuse) to switch off the electric current to the circuit that has the fault.
If there is a fault in your electrical installation you could get an electric shock if you touch a live metal part. This is because the electricity may use your body as a path from the live part to the earth part.
For example, if a cooker has a fault, the fault current flows to earth through the protective (earthing) conductors. A protective device (fuse or circuit-breaker) in the consumer unit switches off the electrical supply to the cooker. The cooker is now safe from causing an electric shock to anyone who touches it.
As it is consumer’s responsibility to ensure that the electrical installation is correctly earthed, it is very important to ensure that the electrical contractor is knowledgeable and experienced. The electrical installer, acting on behalf of the consumer, have to ensure that the earthing connection is suitable for the requirements of the electrical installation and that it is properly connected to the earthing conductor of the installation.
Elsys Electrical Ltd is approved member of National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), the performance of our electrical services is carried out to the latest 17th edition of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2008). In addition, we are Part P Compliance certified. With Elsys Electrical Ltd you can rest assured that the fuse board replacement & earthing, required in your property will be legally carried in professional manner and certificate of compliance will be issued at the completion of the electrical work.
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