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When Should I Upgrade My Switchboard?

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Upgrading your switchboard is an oft-neglected but essential part of managing the safety and efficiency of your electrical system. 

Your switchboard provides the necessary protection against excessive current, voltage faults and overloaded circuits – it goes almost without saying that these can be hazardous to your life, your property and the environment. Many Australian homes still use outdated switchboards, which provide insufficient protection against these concerns.

There are various factors you should take into consideration when deciding whether or not to upgrade your switchboard. In addition, there are a number of benefits and potential risks associated with this undertaking that should be closely monitored and evaluated.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Switchboard 

Upgrading your switchboard has many advantages. For starters, it can improve the safety of your home by providing additional circuit protection from overloads and faults. It can also improve energy efficiency by preventing energy wastage from faulty wiring and other issues. In addition, an upgraded switchboard can facilitate the installation of new electrical appliances and equipment while allowing you to make better use of existing connections. 

Having a new switchboard installed in your home can also open up more options when it comes to certain types of electrical services, such as data cabling or electric vehicle (EV) charging. It can also provide superior protection against natural disasters such as storms and lightning strikes by redirecting power away from sensitive areas. 

Finally, a switchboard upgrade can make your home look more aesthetically pleasing and contribute to its overall market value. 

Risks of Not Upgrading Your Switchboard

In Australia, failing to upgrade your switchboard could have many potentially harmful consequences. For instance, without a modern switchboard in place, your circuit breaker may not operate correctly and leave you unprotected from overloads and faults. These can be incredibly dangerous and potentially hazardous to both life and property. Additionally, without a modern switchboard, you may not be able to enjoy the full benefits of energy-efficient technologies such as power factor correction or solar-ready systems. 

Not upgrading your switchboard can also lead to an increased risk of electrical shock and fire due to outdated wiring. Furthermore, your warranty may be voided if your switchboard is not up to date. And finally, an outdated switchboard may not provide the necessary protection against extreme weather and natural disasters.

When Should I Upgrade My Switchboard?

In Australia, it is recommended that you upgrade your switchboard every 10 to 15 years or whenever the switchboard is no longer safe or efficient. If you are unsure whether or not your switchboard requires an upgrade, it is best to contact a certified electrician for a professional assessment. They will be able to inspect your switchboard and inform you of any potential risks and benefits associated with an upgrade.

At Skyco Trades, we can help you with switchboard upgrades and other electrical services. Our expert electricians are fully licenced and insured and can ensure your switchboard is compliant with all safety regulations – as well as future-proofing it for years to come. Contact us today for more information.


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