Consumer Unit Upgrades & Replacement

Fuse Board Upgrade Electrical Services

Fuse Box Upgrades (consumer unit replacement)

Get a new and modern fuse box for your residential or commercial property to replace the old and outdated fuse box types. In the UK many homes are still equipped with an old-style fuse box which is clearly no longer in its heyday.

Upgrade to the new consumer unit that offer less risk to your property and easy fault detection. The newer models also ensure your property matches up to the current standards of the electrical regulations.

New Consumer Unit Regulations

The third Amendment to BS 7671:2011 (IET Wiring Regulations Seventeenth Edition) which was published in January 2015 and came into effect on 1st July 2015 includes a new regulation requiring consumer units and similar switchgear assemblies in domestic premises to have a non-combustible enclosure”.

Basically it confirms the need for a modern day domestic fuse box to ensure the safety of all properties.

Old fuse box
Old Fuse Board
Consumer Unit
New Fuse Board

Advantages of upgrading to the New Consumer Units

Consumer units, also known as fuse boards or breaker panels, have evolved over the years to incorporate new technologies and many safety features. Let’s look at some of the advantages of upgrading to the newer models.

Consumer Unit Upgrades or Replacement FAQs

For you and your property's safety, yes you do need to upgrade. It is a whole lot easier and less risky with the newer consumer unit models.

Submit a callback request if you have more questions and we will be happy to assist you.

Residual Current Device (RCD) is a must have safety device which switches electricity off in a fraction of a second incase of an electrical issue. Old fuse boxes don’t have RCDs and can take significantly longer to switch off electricity i.e. the difference between life and death.

Fixing a tripped switch or fuse ( In the case of the old style fuse box) normally is not an intense activity. Check out our blog on "How to fix a tripped switch or fuse" , that can help you solve tripped switches or fuses.

It’s unlikely you will need any other work doing just because your electrics are old. The most common additional work that may be required is earth bonding.  It is mandatory under UK wiring rules that earth bonding is present before any electrical work can be undertaken.

There are tons of advantages that come with the new fuse boards over the old style fuse boxes. You get circuit breakers instead of fuses, RCD Protection, multiple circuits for improved safety, fire-resistant enclosure, clear labelling and identification, remote monitoring and smart features etc.

Our prices vary on the size of the consumer unit and if you need more than one. On average the cost will be £495 + vat for:

  • All materials including a top brand METAL fuse box (now in regulation) with breakers, such as MK
  • Labour carried out by one of our qualified NICEIC domestic or contractor installers;
  • Installation Certificate on completion, which will be registered with your local council or building regulations;
  • 12 months’ warranty on all parts and workmanship.

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