Domestic Fuseboard Replacement Summary

Fuseboards

Fuse Board Replacements

A large number of homes across the UK are fitted with fuse boxes that aren’t in line with current electrical regulations.

If your home has an old fuse box, also known as a consumer unit, it means you’re putting your home and its occupants in unnecessary danger. If you think your home could be at risk then it’s time to get your fuse box replaced.

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Why do I need a fuse box replacement?

Think of your fuse box as the heart of your home’s wiring system. A distribution board that distributes electricity to circuits in the house.  If you’ve got an old style fuse box you’ll need to upgrade to a new consumer unit – that’s the more modern term for a fuse box or fuse board by the way – that’s fitted with Residual Circuit Devices (RCDs) and mini circuit breakers (MCBs). Modern fuse box replacements are designed to protect your socket circuits, and new consumer units are able to detect the tiniest of current changes. Because they can disconnect in a fraction of a second, they go a long way to minimising the chances of potentially fatal electric shocks and electrical fires.

There are a number of reasons why you may need to or want to replace your fuse board:

  • You are having some other electrical work carried out and need to comply with the regulations.
  • Your old fuse board is overloaded and starting to cause problems for the remainder of the installation.
  • Your wiring installation is in poor condition but you cannot afford a rewire, changing to a 17th Edition Consumer Unit will offer some protection.

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How much will a fuse box replacement cost?

Although existing electrical installations can be made compliant, given that modern fuse box replacements are safer and more cost effective, it’s sensible to remove an old fuse box and install a new unit.

According to a Which? Local survey fuse box replacement costs can range from £300 to £430.

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How can I tell if I’ve got an older style fuse box?

Older style units used fuses before the arrival of mini circuit breakers (MCBs), which feature a single horizontal row of fuses or MCBs. With the new style of consumer units, the need to replace wires or fuses is removed. They include “toggles” which just require flipping back up when they trip, and are also far more aesthetically pleasing than their older counterparts. There are some pre-1950 fuse boxes still in service, but the numbers are small and they need to be regarded with caution, as exposed live parts are common.

To install a fuse box replacement you’ll need the services of a qualified electrical contractor certified under Part P. Local Electrical Quotes can provide free no obligation quotes for fuse box replacements by qualified electricians. Arrange for your free quotes today.