Consumer unit upgrades

In the electrical industry it is recommended you replace your consumer unit every 10 years to ensure you have the highest form of safety.


Especially as we begin using more and more electrical devices, and with the push on electric vehicle chargers, it means that older style consumer units simply aren’t adequate or safe.


If not acted upon this could have series safety concerns, and in some cases even lead to electrical fires.


Consumer units, otherwise known as fuse boxes or fuseboards , are the heart of the electrics of your property, and like all hearts it needs the correct maintenance and regular check ups. They ensure the electrical safety of your outlets, appliances and wiring, and ensure the power is turned off incase of a potential fire or electric shock. 


Because of the large job consumer units do it is important to have them regularly updated, or at least inspected, to ensure they meet the current regulations. These could be regulations you are not even aware of. Some examples are below:


  • In the last few years metal consumer units were introduced again for fire safety

  • Since the 18th edition regulations were introduced Surge protection devices are now extremely recommended

  • Since 2008 virtually all re-wired circuits or new circuits are required to have RCD protection

  • RCD protection on downstairs sockets, or sockets that supply outside equipment, are mandatory since the early 2000’s