Switchboard and electrical panel upgrades can often be overlooked in Australian households, as we tend to focus on other projects such as paint jobs and kitchen renovations. While these home improvements can add value, the maintenance of your switchboard is also critical for your safety and for keeping your house up to date. In this blog post, we will look at the key signs that indicate it’s time for a switchboard upgrade.


No Circuit Breakers

If your switchboard does not have circuit breakers, then it’s time to arrange an upgrade. Modern switchboards are typically fitted with circuit breakers designed to reduce the risk of fire or electric shock. Without them, you’re leaving your home vulnerable to potentially catastrophic damage. Furthermore, in Queensland,  your switchboard must be fitted with circuit breakers in order to comply with the relevant power authority regulations. 


Outdated Fuse Boxes

If your switchboard has a fuse box with ceramic fuses, chances are it is well out of date. Older fuse boxes can be unreliable and have a much higher risk of fires and electric shocks. Most modern switchboards make use of circuit breakers instead of ceramic fuses, which are far more reliable and safer.


Foreign-Made Electrical Panels

If you notice that your switchboard has a foreign-made electrical panel, it is important to arrange an upgrade. In many cases, these panels may not be designed to meet Australian safety standards and can be dangerous. Furthermore, they can also be very tricky to maintain, as spare parts may be difficult to come by. 


Visual Damage

It is also important to look out for any visible signs of damage or wear and tear. This includes things like crumbling insulation, exposed wiring, rust, or water stains. All of these are a sure sign that your switchboard has seen better days and needs to be replaced.



If your switchboard is more than a decade old, then this is also a good indication that it should be replaced. Older switchboards and electrical panels often lack modern safety features, have outdated wiring, and are not as energy-efficient as newer models. Therefore, if you have an older switchboard, it’s a good idea to look into getting it replaced.


It is critical to stay on top of switchboard upgrades in order to ensure the safety of your family and your home. At Just-In Time Electrical, we understand the importance of reliable and up-to-date switchboards, and our experienced electricians can provide advice and install the right equipment for your home. If you’re experiencing any of the above signs, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.


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