Switchboard Upgrade Melbourne

Electrical Switchboard Upgrade Melbourne

If you are in need of a switchboard upgrade in Melbourne, you have come to the right place! At First Call Electrical, we are licensed Master Electricians who have the expertise and skill to provide quality switchboard upgrades for residential, commercial and industrial properties in Melbourne.

Our electricians provide the safest and most efficient way to upgrade your old switchboard’s electrical wiring and circuits. Make sure your switchboard is up to date and performing at its best so that there is no danger in using your electrical appliances.

With over a decade of experience in the safety and maintenance of electrical systems, First Call Electrical is the right choice for your switchboard upgrade in Melbourne.

What are electrical switchboard upgrades and why are they important?

Switchboard upgrades are the process of switchboard replacement or modernising an existing switchboard wiring system with new and safer components, such as safety switches, circuit breakers and surge protection.

A switchboard is the control board of an electrical system that controls the supply of electricity to all the circuits in the electrical system. In some cases, households and businesses may have an older switchboard, and for safety and energy efficiency considerations, it may be necessary to upgrade to newer technology.

It may be necessary to upgrade to a new switchboard if the existing one is old or faulty. If your switchboard is starting to show signs of wear and tear, or if it’s not up to current electrical safety standards, it’s time to consider a switchboard upgrade.

Having a safe and modern switchboard ensures that your electrical system works properly and safely. It increases energy efficiency and reduces power wastage. It is also important to maintain a modern switchboard in order to reduce the risk of electrical faults and fires in the home or workplace. Lastly, switchboard upgrades can also help to reduce your electricity bills!

What should a safe, modern switchboard contain?

When it comes to installing a modern and safe switchboard, there are a few components that are essential in providing a secure and safe environment.

Safety switches & RCD protective devices

Firstly, safety switches and RCD protective devices must be installed in order to help reduce the risk of electric shock or fire. Safety switches help detect any imbalances in the flow of electricity and switch off the circuit, while RCDs help protect from electric shock by detecting any damaging currents and switching the power off.

Surge Protection devices

Surge protection devices are also a key component to a safe switchboard. These devices protect from surges in electricity that could be caused by storms and help prevent damage to electrical appliances. Installing a modern and safe switchboard is essential for providing a safe and secure environment in any electrical network.

What Are The Signs I Need An Electrical Switchboard Upgrade?

Over time, electrical switch boards become outdated but predominantly, at present, switchboards are becoming overloaded due to increased power demands with the installation of new electrical appliances, electric vehicle chargers and addition of swimming pools and additional electrical needs.

  • Frequent circuit breaker tripping
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Buzzing or crackling sounds
  • Burning smell
  • Old and outdated electrical board
  • Old ceramic style fuses
  • Lack of circuit breakers or safety switches
  • Insufficient power for additional appliances
  • Rust, corrosion, burnt fuses and other obvious damage

Working with electrical systems can be dangerous, so always hire a licensed electrician to inspect your switchboard and perform any necessary upgrades or repairs. Regular electrical inspections and maintenance can help identify potential issues early and ensure your electrical system is safe and reliable.

First Call Switchboard Upgrades Melbourne & Repair Services

At First Call Electrical, we offer a comprehensive range of switchboard upgrade and repair services to ensure your electrical system is safe and efficient:

  • Troubleshooting and Repairs: Our expert electricians excel in identifying and rectifying faults in electrical switchboards to restore optimal functionality.
  • Safety Switch (RCD) Testing: We conduct thorough testing of safety switches (RCDs) to guarantee that they promptly respond to electrical faults, protecting you and your property from potential hazards.
  • RCBO Upgrades: Enhance the safety and convenience of your electrical system by upgrading to Residual Current Breaker with Overcurrent Protection (RCBO) devices.
  • Full Switchboard Upgrades: If your switchboard is outdated or insufficient for your power needs, we provide complete upgrades with modern panels that meet the highest safety standards.
  • Safety Inspections: Our skilled team performs comprehensive safety inspections to identify potential risks and ensure compliance with electrical regulations.
  • Surge Protection: Safeguard your valuable electronic equipment from power surges with our reliable surge protection solutions.
  • Arc Fault Detection Device (AFDD) Protection: We install Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) to detect and mitigate arc faults, preventing potential fire hazards.
  • 3-Phase Supply Upgrades: For increased power demands or commercial properties, we offer efficient upgrades to a 3-phase supply system.

What is involved in upgrading older switchboards?

When deciding to upgrade your older switchboard, there are important considerations. Our qualified electrician will need to inspect and assess your existing switch board and the work required. It is essential this step is taken for safety purposes as any outdated switchboard may have been connected to aged wiring or other electrical components that can be hazardous.

We will also need to check if the board is designed to handle additional loads, such as for new appliances or other uses. Our technician will then explain any additional parts and components needed to upgrade your switchboard. Once that is done, we can then begin the installation of your new switchboard.

It is crucial that all safety measures are taken throughout this process and First Call electricians will always ensure every aspect of upgrading switchboards meets Australian Standards requirements. When the upgrade is complete, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance Electrical Work.

#1 Assess your existing switchboard

#2 Remove old or faulty components

#3 Install new switchboard in compliance with electrical standards AS61439

#4 Thorough electrical testing and checks for your new switch board

#5 Receive Certificate of Compliance

What’s the difference between a circuit breaker and a safety switch?

Circuit breakers protect wiring systems and appliances, safety switches protect people, your home needs both. Find out more on our blog - What’s the difference between a circuit breaker and a safety switch?

Your local specialist for electrical switchboard upgrades Melbourne

Ensure your home is electrically safe contact 1st Call Electrical Services for a professional switchboard upgrade with licensed electricians on 1300 360 215 or complete our electrician booking request form today