Every house in Manchester will either have a consumer unit or a traditional fuse board in it that works to keep all of the circuits in the property protected, as well as allowing for each of them to be isolated. Even though the electrics within your home may appear to be working fine, it still may be the case that you require a consumer unit upgrade or replacement.
For instance, you may have recently had an electrical installation condition report performed on your property in Sale, Prestwich, or any other part of the city and found out that it has been recommended by the trained professional who performed it that you are in need of a consumer unit replacement. There are a number of different reasons why this may be the case, but this will be explained to you by the electrician.
Where a building such as an outhouse, a shed, or a garage is being constructed, then a new consumer unit will be required to be housed in it. This is also true for an extension or annex that is added to your property. The reason for this is that it is always better to install a completely new power supply cable to the new part of the property in order to feed the new circuits with, rather than extending any of the circuits that already exist in the original part of the property.
Why A Consumer Unit Upgrade Is Necessary
There exist a number of scenarios where you may already have a consumer unit in your home, but it is necessary to upgrade it. For instance, it may not contain enough paths to be able to accommodate any new circuits that need to be added to it. It may also be the case that the consumer unit is old and beginning to deteriorate. Equally if it is old, then it is likely to be the case that it does not have RCD protection and so leaves anyone working on it open to electrocution and injury.
Where any of these scenarios exist, then it is recommended to have a consumer unit upgrade or replacement. Which model to go for is something that should be discussed with a qualified professional, but where you can, always try to purchase the most expensive consumer unit that you can afford and allow for more circuits than what your currently have – that way there is always space for any additions that are made to your home in the future.