Switchboards

At Inspire Electrical Services, we understand the vital role that a properly functioning electrical switchboard plays in ensuring the safety and efficiency of your electrical system. As a trusted electrical service provider, we offer top-notch switchboard installation services to residential and commercial customers in [Your Location] and the surrounding areas.

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What is a safety switch or RCD?

An RCD, short for Residual Current Device, or commonly referred to as a safety switch, is essentially your defense against electric shock.

An RCD serves as your ultimate safeguard to prevent electrocution. Contrary to common belief, a circuit breaker does not respond to human contact with electricity!

The image depicting the test button arrow represents an RCD, which can be easily recognized by this button. Various brands may have slight variations, but they are typically marked with a prominent ‘T’ or ‘Test’ button.

An RCD monitors the flow of current both out and back into the circuit. If, by any chance, there is an electrical leakage to the ground, it will instantaneously trip in just 0.04 seconds—ultimately preserving your life.

Why You Should Consider Switchboard Upgrades: 7 Compelling Reasons

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Expanding your living space, be it a granny flat, garage, or a home extension, can significantly boost your daily power consumption. This increased demand can strain your outdated switchboard, unable to cope with the heightened load. In some cases, you might even require a switch to a three-phase consumer mains supply, enhancing the street-to-home power connection.

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Ensuring Safety: Today’s wiring regulations mandate the installation of safety switches/RCDs on all domestic circuits for added protection against electric shock. Even homes built as recently as 2018 may now lack complete electrocution protection on circuits such as ovens, cooktops, and air conditioners.

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Welcoming New Appliances: The addition of new appliances like ovens, stoves, or induction cooktops can strain your electrical system. For instance, some Sydney apartments only provide a 32-amp supply, which might not suffice for power-hungry induction cooktops.

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Meeting the Demand for More: With the installation of power-hungry equipment like air conditioning units, you may find yourself needing an upgrade to a three-phase power supply.

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Eliminating Flickering Lights and Power Loss: Constantly experiencing flickering lights or intermittent power loss at various power points is a clear sign that your switchboard is struggling to meet your electrical needs.

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Upgrading from Wired Fuses: If your switchboard still uses wired fuses, it’s time to make the switch. Wired fuses are not only outdated but also dangerous. Novices attempting to replace blown fuses may use the wrong wire size, potentially jeopardizing your home’s wiring and increasing the risk of fire or cable damage.

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Decongesting Overloaded Circuits: Over the years, multiple electricians may have added and patched circuits onto your switchboard. This haphazard approach can lead to overcrowded and messy circuits, increasing the risk of electrical issues.

Why should you consider upgrading your switchboard?

In a single word: SAFETY!

Your electrical switchboard functions as the core of your electrical system. An outdated switchboard can introduce significant safety hazards to your home or business. It’s crucial to keep it well-maintained and in compliance with the current AS3000:2018 wiring regulations. In this piece, we’ll walk you through the world of switchboard upgrades, relocations, and installations. When it comes to switchboard upgrades, Inspire Electrical Services is your local Sydney expert, ready to assist you!

Numerous Sydney residences still rely on antiquated wiring and original switchboards that, while functional, are far from safe and up to par. With advancing technology, these older switchboards struggle to handle the increasing electrical loads. Furthermore, they often lack electrical RCDs, also known as safety switches.

Older switchboards use fuse carriers and ceramic fuses with fragile fuse wires positioned between two screws to safeguard against circuit overloads – an outdated approach, wouldn’t you agree? When a short circuit occurs, this wire can arc, burn out, and crack, ultimately breaking the circuit. Worse yet, it offers no protection against electrocution.

A later development was the introduction of plug-in fuse carriers, which frequently led to people mismatching fuses, resulting in potentially hazardous situations.

In the past, when such incidents occurred, property owners often took it upon themselves to replace the wire without ensuring it was the correct match. We’ve observed instances where 32-amp plug-in fuses or double-wrapped 16-amp wire (16A x 2 = 32A) were used on an 8-amp circuit, a scenario rife with danger and fire risks.

One common and perilous mistake we encounter is when a fuse blows, and the homeowner, often not an electrician, attempts to replace the fuse wire independently. What makes this so hazardous? In the old days, fuse wires had various ratings – 8 amps for lights and 16 amps for power outlets. If the light fuse (8A) blows and fractures the wire, we’ve seen homeowners install a 16-amp fuse wire on numerous occasions.

This is an EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS practice and frequently leads to electrical fires. These fuses don’t protect against electrical shock; their primary function is to safeguard the cable. That’s why safety switches are now mandatory for all new installations up to 32A in domestic settings.

If your home is still equipped with an outdated ceramic fuse board, it’s imperative to replace it as soon as possible!

Why Choose Inspire Electrical Services for Switchboard Installation?

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Safety First

Your safety is our priority. Outdated or malfunctioning switchboards can pose serious electrical hazards. Our expert electricians are well-equipped to install modern and reliable switchboards that meet all safety standards, reducing the risk of electrical accidents.

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Upgrade and Modernize

If your existing switchboard is outdated or unable to handle the demands of your electrical system, it’s time for an upgrade. We can assess your electrical needs and recommend the right switchboard solution to enhance your electrical infrastructure.

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Efficiency and Reliability

A well-designed switchboard ensures efficient power distribution and minimizes downtime due to electrical faults. Our installations are carried out with precision to guarantee reliability and uninterrupted power supply.

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Custom Solutions

We understand that every property has unique electrical requirements. Our team will work closely with you to design and install a switchboard tailored to your specific needs, ensuring maximum efficiency and performance.

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Compliance and Certification

We adhere to all local electrical codes and regulations to ensure that your switchboard installation is compliant. We also provide the necessary certifications and documentation for your peace of mind.

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Emergency Services

Electrical issues can arise unexpectedly. That’s why we offer 24/7 emergency switchboard repair and replacement services. You can count on us to respond promptly to your urgent electrical needs.

Our Switchboards Installation Process

Consultation

We begin by assessing your current electrical system and understanding your requirements and objectives.

Custom Design

Our experienced electricians will design a switchboard system tailored to your needs, ensuring optimal functionality and safety.

Installation

We use high-quality materials and follow best practices during installation to guarantee long-lasting performance.

Testing and Inspection

Before completing the installation, we conduct rigorous testing and inspections to ensure that everything is functioning flawlessly.

Maintenance and Support

Our commitment to you doesn’t end with installation. We offer ongoing maintenance and support services to keep your switchboard in peak condition.

Book now at Inspire Electrical Services for Switchboards Installation

When you choose Inspire Electrical Services for your switchboard installation needs, you’re choosing a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety and efficiency of your electrical system. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a safer and more reliable electrical infrastructure. Your satisfaction and safety are our top priorities.