Electrical switchboards are the heart of the electrical operation of any home. However, they can become outdated especially with the growing electrical requirements of various families at home. Therefore, it’s important to know if it is already time for a switchboard upgrade.


How to Know If It is Time for a Switchboard Upgrade


So how do you know when it is time to replace yours? Below are the 6 signs you need to watch out for.


You have an old houses

Due to the advancement in electrical technologies, the requirements and standards for houses also need to be updated. So, if your house has been standing for more than 20 years now, then it is highly probable that your electrical switchboard does not meet the general electrical requirements for the modern types of homes.

It’ll be best to get a licensed electrician to inspect and update it. This way, you can ensure that your switchboard is keeping up with your household’s electrical needs and comply with the standards.


Your switchboard is not updated to Residual Circuit Breakers (RCBO)

If your switchboard is still using fuses and not a residual circuit breaker (RCBO), then it’s time for a switchboard upgrade as soon as possible.

Fuses are prone to short circuiting, melting, blowing, and worst, they can cause fires. They are also easily overloaded by modern electrical appliances. On the other hand, RCBOs are far better than fuses as they can automatically break electrical circuits once a problem is detected. They help in preventing electrical problems like circuit overload, electrical shocks, and more.

Call us on (07) 4630 9788  so we can upgrade it to a residual circuit breaker that is modern, safer, and cost-effective.


Your breaker is always tripping

Circuit breakers trip when they detect a problem. This is the way it protects your electrical system from possible dangers of overflowing current. It’s an important feature that also protects your home from electrical hazards.

However, if your breaker is tripping too frequently; then it may indicate that your electrical switchboard cannot handle your electrical consumption anymore. That is a definite sign that it’s time for a switchboard upgrade.


Your appliances don’t work efficiently

If your appliances are not working properly as before, especially when you experience flickering lights when one or more appliances inside the home is used simultaneously, then your switchboard can’t keep up with your energy usage. So, it’s a warning sign for you to immediately have it upgraded.


You’re renovating or extending your home

Home extensions and renovations signal additional electrical load into your system. So if you intend to still use an old switchboard, then it may not be able to handle all of these. Let a licensed electrician check if this is possible. Otherwise, follow their recommendation to get an updated switchboard for your newly renovated home.



Here at DCI Electrical, we always put your safety on top of priority. Talk to us should you need help with any switchboard upgrade or repairs. We are happy to help.

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