A fuse box is the core of your house’s electrical system. It distributes electricity within a building via multiple circuits.
It is an essential safety attribute in houses, offices, and buildings in general. Update it regularly so your electrics keep working safely and properly, in accordance with the latest regulations.
A faulty fuse box is hazardous, and in the worst-case scenario, can lead to death.
Three reasons to upgrade your fusebox?
Improve your electric system
This will instantly fix flickering lights switches any exposed wire.
Stop fuses from tripping
Enough experiencing fuses from tripping, let us reset your fuse box.
Meet the latest regulations
As a landlord, ensure your fuse box complies with the latest regulations.
Any concerns or questions before going ahead?
In any of the scenarios listed below, you will need to check if your electrical installation meets the BS7671 requirements. Call us now to book an inspection. We will test all your systems and guarantee your safety, and your tenants.
- You have an old fuse box with cast-iron switches and/or a wooden back.
- You don’t have provision for wiring buried within the walls, sockets, outlets, and circuits that could be plugged outdoors.
- You plan to build or renovate your building with additional wiring or new circuits.
- You rent out your property and your electrics are outdated.
How do I know my fuse box is outdated?
It’s really easy to tell. An old fuse box will have a series of fuses inside the fuse carrier. You can remove fuses manually, and replace them when they stop working.
What are the benefits of upgrading my fuse box?
- Make your home a safer environment, and protect yourself and people around you from electrical shocks or fires.
- Improve your overall electrical safety.
- Prevent electrical accidents.
Can I replace my fuse box myself?
For safety reasons, certified electricians like us need to do this for you. While respecting building regulations, we will issue a certificate for you too.
How much is a fuse box replacement, roughly?
The cost depends on the type of consumer unit required, the number of circuits needed, and the state of your current installation. In most cases, prices vary between £400 to £550, but please contact us for a more precise quote.
How long does it take to replace a fuse box?
It depends on the size of the building as well as the condition of the existing installation. It usually takes half a day.
As a landlord, what do I risk if my electrical installation is not compliant with the latest regulations?
First of all, it might put you, or your tenants, in dangerous situations. Financially, your tenants are entitled to sue you for civil damages. You would then risk a consequent fine (£5,000 per non-compliant item). It might also lead to the invalidation of your home insurance, six months of prison, and charges for manslaughter if there are any deceased.
The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1985 state that “all electrical equipment must be safe at the start of every tenancy and should be maintained in a safe condition through the period of tenancy”.
Therefore, to avoid committing a criminal offence, make sure you have a valid electrical certificate, a PAT certificate, as well as an EPC in London before renting or leasing properties.
Do electrical accidents happen often?
To give you a rough idea, Electrical Safety First recons there are approximately 20,000 accidental domestic fires of electrical origin yearly, in the UK. 46% of them would be caused by misuse, and 26% by faulty appliances and leads. A lot of fires would have been prevented with the right protection.