Older switchboards and the electrical switches and circuit protection they contain can often be at a higher risk of malfunction and even fire. This is also the case with old electrical wiring that over time can perish and break down exposing live conductors. In South Australia It is now illegal to install new rewireable fuses or HRC ceramic fuses. The reason for this is safety. HRC fuses are a common cause of hot joints, which can lead to power issues and even fires.
As fuses age the connection becomes loose, brittle and corroded and this can lead to intermittent power faults. The addition of RCD protection to this type of board or even additional circuits is also difficult as they are generally asbestos and so drilling or penetrating the panel is not advisable.
With demands on the household electrical system increasing, upgrading the board with new circuit breaker and RCD protection is highly recommended.
Generally the upgrade can be completed in a day causing minimal disruption; you may choose to relocate your board at the same time. We can liaise with SAPN to arrange power removal or relocation if required. A complete switchboard upgrade and house re-wire including a new electricity meter, main switch, circuit breakers and circuit protection or safety switches (Residual Current Devices) and electrical cable complying with Australian standards are safe options for the protection of your family and home.