Whilst most people in Manchester know where their fuse box is located within their home – it’s usually near the entrance to their property – very few actually know how they work or how to fix them whenever an issue arises. So when it comes to a fuse box replacement or upgrade, this is something that should always be left to the professionals.
Nonetheless, it is still important to understand the reasons why you may possibly need this done to the fuse box in your home. The number one concern with faulty fuse boxes is that they could potentially be unsafe and even deadly. This is especially true of those older fuse boxes that do not come with an Residual Current Device (RCD) fitted in them, as having one of these has the potential to prevent electrocution and injury. If you live in Trafford, Chorlton, or anywhere else in Manchester where there are period properties, then it is likely to be the case that your fuse box is older than 25 years and so may not have a RCD in it. Where this is found to be true, it is highly advisable to opt for a fuse box upgrade or replacement to one that does include a RCD.
If the lights throughout your house are constantly flickering or the power sockets are not responsive, then this is a clear and obvious sign that there is some sort of issue with your fuse box and it is recommended that a professional takes a look at it. Again, with some older properties, especially those built between 1930 and 1980, it can be the case that the fuse board contains flash guards that are made from asbestos. Since then, however, it has been recognised that the material is actually extremely harmful when breathed in and so if there is any in the fuse box at your home, then you should go ahead with a fuse box upgrade or replacement as a matter of urgency.
The process of having a fuse box upgrade or replacement is not something that should ever be tackled by anyone else other than a fully trained professional. When being upgraded or replaced, the electrician will also perform a full electrical test in order to determine if all of the electrics within your property are safe. Upon completion, this will be recorded on an Electrical Installation Certificate, which you will then be presented with and allowed to keep for your own personal records. This proves that the work has been done in line with all of the necessary requirements.