An upgrade of a switchboard provides a comprehensive range of positive aspects to your house: Modern switchboards can easily be reset by flicking a safety switch and the risk of fire or electrical shock is minimized as there are no exposed wires (which is what fuses have).
How to know if you need a new switchboard?
-If your switchboard has fuses instead of breakers then it is time for an upgrade
-If you have no safety switches then you are in breach of laws as legally you are required to have at least one safety switch.
-If the switchboard is running out of space to add new appliances - short circuits - insufficient power supply -
-If your lights flicker all the time, it's time to get your switchboard upgraded to stop the noise and annoyance.
Positive aspects of an upgrade:
Electrical Safety Switches
Stop Power Tripping
Stop Light Flickering
Safety Switches minimise the risk of electrical shock, injury, death and electrical-related fires. They are your insurance to protect you, your family and anyone visiting.
In 1991 the law in SA was introduced and all new homes and buildings where electrical circuit are altered or added need new safety switches to protect all power points and lighting circuits. So at an absolute minimum, you should have a separate circuit for power points and a separate circuit for lighting. Most new homes these days have their power supply split onto multiple safety switches for safety and protection.
How safety switches work
In as little as 0.3 seconds a safety switch can detect the potentially dangerous change in electrical circuit and switches the power off, when a person makes direct contact with electricity. Only Safety switches protect people from electrical shock, not Circuit breakers and fuses - they protect against short circuits and overloads.
I think I have circuit breakers and fuses in my switchboard, are these the same as safety switches?
Circuit breakers and fuses are not the same as safety switches. Fuses and circuit breakers protect against short circuits and current overloads while Safety switches are designed to prevent death or injury when an electrical fault is detected. They are an additional form of protection to be used with circuit breakers and fuses.
Switchboard safety switches
The switchboard safety switch will turn off the electricity supply to the particular circuit in case of an electrical fault, but the other appliances and lighting connected to other circuits will keep operating. Switchboard safety switches are installed on individual circuits and are used to protect: selected electrical circuits, electrical appliances and extension cords connected to the protected power points.
If you are unsure about your safety switches, call us, your licenced electrician on 1800 350 350.