An electrical switchboard ensures that electricity is safely and correctly distributed around any home, office, building or other facility. It’s essential that switchboards are properly maintained and upgraded when necessary. Not only is it a matter of legal compliance, but it’s also a matter of safety. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of switchboard upgrades and maintenance for Australian buildings.
What is an Electrical Switchboard?
An electrical switchboard is a device that’s used to distribute electricity from the main electrical supply to individual circuits. The switchboard’s purpose is to protect the appliances and circuits from voltage fluctuations or other problems and control the amount of current that flows to each circuit. Most switchboards include fuses, circuit breakers or other forms of overload protection.
Switchboards are vital components of any electrical system. They play an integral role in the safety, efficiency, and longevity of electrical systems. Without them, the risk of electric shocks, fires and other electrical fault conditions is increased.
The Importance of Proper Maintenance
Unfortunately, many people forget about switchboards when it comes to regular maintenance and don’t give them the attention they need. Regular maintenance is essential to ensure switchboards are in good working condition and able to provide the protection and efficiency that is required. This includes checking for any loose connections, inspecting the circuit breakers, and testing for any ground-fault protection.
It’s also important to make sure that the switchboard is compatible with the current electrical demand. It’s essential to review the switchboard periodically to ensure it meets the necessary load requirements and that there is enough space for any additional circuits or appliances that may be added in the future.
Importance of Switchboard Upgrades
In some cases, it may be necessary to upgrade existing switchboards. Older switchboards that have never been replaced may not meet current safety standards or may be running at close to the maximum capacity. This can mean that new circuits can’t be added or that existing circuits undergo frequent tripping. It can also result in issues such as circuit overloads, electric shocks and fires.
It’s important to upgrade to a modern switchboard with modern safety features like RCDs or RCBOs. This will ensure that any faults are detected quickly and automatically. It will also provide increased protection against surges, electric shocks and overheating.
It’s essential to get a professional electrician to do any switchboard upgrades or maintenance. There is simply too much risk involved for anyone who is not a qualified professional to do it themselves.
Switchboards are essential components of any electrical system and must be properly maintained and replaced when necessary. At Just-In Time Electrical, we understand the importance of switchboard upgrades and maintenance, and we give all our clients the highest standard of workmanship. If you would like to find out more about our switchboard services, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Just-In Time Electrical is your local leading electrical contractor based in Brisbane’s western suburbs. Just-In Time Electrical has been operating for over 12 years and draws on a combined knowledge base of over 30 years.