At AB Electrical we always put the safety of you and your family first, which is why we recommend every client of ours to upgrade their switchboard. Apart from potentially saving the lives of your family and pets, upgrading your switchboard can save you a lot of time and money in the event of an accident.
What is a switchboard?
The switchboard is where the power gets distributed around the house. The mains cable comes in from the street via the meter and then on to the switchboard. From there, it then gets distributed throughout your house in smaller circuits that are then protected by circuit breakers/fuses. The switchboard serves as the main junction point that provides protection for all of your internal wiring.
Why is it essential to upgrade your homes’ switchboard?
A fire resulting from an overloaded cable can break out and spread throughout your home in seconds. This can often mean the difference between life and death in worst case scenarios or devastating destruction of property in the best case. At AB Electrical all of our Auckland North Shore electricians take your safety very seriously. Our job is to protect your home, your family and everything you care about from any harm that could result from an electrical malfunction. Having us upgrade your switchboard for you is the biggest step you can take to insulate your home from electrical risk and protect your loved ones from unforeseen and unnecessary catastrophe.
4 must-have devices to ensure maximum home protection
The purpose of a circuit breaker is to protect your wiring under fault condition or when current is drawing more than the rated circuit breaker. Circuit breakers are chosen on the size of the cable, the length of the run and whether or not insulation is located around the wiring. We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to replace fuse wires on your own as this can easily lead to the wire being over rated causing the fuse not to blow when a fault occurs.
RCD – Residual Current Device
An RCD, or Residual Current Device, is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as cutting through a bare wire whilst mowing the lawn. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers simply cannot provide.
Arc Fault Protection
A new addition to electrical home safety devices is the Arc Fault Protection device. These soon to be compulsory devices are effective at protecting your home and family in the event of an unknown short circuit by being able to accurately detect electric arcs that regular circuit breakers are simply incapable of detecting. These incredibly sensitive devices are specifically designed to detect and react only to dangerous electrical arcs thereby eliminating the inconvenience of nuisance tripping.
For a free quote on one of these devices for your home simply send us a photo of your existing switchboard and we will give you an estimate. For final pricing one of our reputable Auckland electricians will visit your home, conduct a pre-start check and then confirm pricing.
A surge protection device will act to protect all of your electrical appliances in the event of a sudden and unexpected electrical surge due to a lightning strike, power surge, voltage spike or extreme weather.
Relatively inexpensive (around $150), surge protection devices will protect your electrical appliances from damage, thereby potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the event of a power surge.
For more information on any of our services or the products mentioned please Contact Us. We would be happy to take your call and answer any questions you may have for us.