Consumer units are more commonly known as Fuseboards.
There may be a few different reasons why your Consumer Unit (commonly know as a Fuse Board) may need updating or replacing.
- Moving into a new house is a good time to assess whether the consumer unit is keeping you safe and functioning as it should.
- Perhaps you're having a replacement kitchen or bathroom. Maybe you just need a few extra sockets.
What ever the work is, it is more than likely the circuit will need to be protected by an RCD. So in most cases, it will probably be the best option to replace the existing Fuse Box.
Here at Mad About Electrics, we often inspect and replace old fuse boxes as part of other works or to bring your home up to date with latest regulations and improve electrical safety.
Replacing your Consumer Unit will usually take around a full day for our Electricians. The power will need to be turned off, but we can install a temporary supply whilst the work is being carried out where required.
Upon completion, the circuits are tested and an Electrical Installation certificate will be completed and sent to the client after it is prepared and reviewed at our offices. We also issue a Part P building notification for compliance.
Changing a Consumer Unit often identifies any existing electrical faults which have been in your home and have gone un-noticed. Any minor faults on the existing installation will be discussed with the client before any additional works are carried out. By identifying them and carrying out improvement works, you will have peace of mind that the overall safety of your electrical installation has been improved.