How long does it take to get a switchboard upgrade?

Your switchboard must have a safety switch as required by Australian law and if it doesn’t, now is the time to get an electrician in to install one. It is a new type of electrical protection put in place to avoid electrical fires which are growing in numbers in Victoria and across the country.  Many of our homes are still using older, rudimentary ceramic-style wire fuses and they need an update asap. Every service provider who considers themselves an electrician on the Mornington Peninsula has licensed for operation should inform you about this new regulation. We do all types of electrical work such as switchboard upgrades on the Mornington Peninsula.

What happens during a switchboard upgrade? 

The main premise of a switchboard upgrade is to install the newly required safety switch also known as the residual current device (RCD). An RCD is there to protect you against any harm or property damage by detecting earth leakage, which is a potentially dangerous situation where exposed metal equipment becomes live, or your system suffers a short circuit. The safety switch will cut the power in a matter of milliseconds and minimises the risk of a fatal electric shock.  These are recent changes stipulated in the Australian standards AS/NZS 3000:2018. It mandates that all final sub-electrical circuits in residential properties or renovation works must be protected by the RCD, which now includes the monitoring of added devices such as lighting, hot-water systems, and electric vehicle chargers. 

Depending on the age of the switchboard of your property and your specific budget, the process of upgrading your unit will vary. In an ideal situation where everything aligns, an electrician in Mornington Peninsula will replace all the old ceramic fuses for more modern circuit breakers that are safer for use. They’ll then install the RCD. All of this will take place in your fuse back and be neatly enclosed after the upgrade is complete. You’ll notice that your wires and cabling is tidied up and readjusted behind the panel. After completion of the job, the electrician will work with you to test the entire installation and the electrical system function on your property.

If your switchboard is one of the much older units, the process will also involve the addition of smart meters, should you agree to installation, and the replacement of asbestos panels which pose serious health risks to those exposed to them. This is all in order to get you up to national electrical standards but also, most importantly, to put you in the safest position should any electrical faults occur.

This is a full explanation of what an Impulse Electrical electrician in Mornington Peninsula will do:

  1. Your residential or commercial building’s power supply will be switched off and isolated at the main switchboard in order to complete the upgrade safely
  2. We will remove all the old circuits and outdated elements
  3. We’ll install an enclosure to house the new wiring and safety switch
  4. We’ll reconnect the circuits to the newly installed wiring and safety switch according to AS NZS 3000:2018
  5. We’ll quality check the upgrade and the overall health of the electrical system on your property
  6. The electrician will perform a few mandatory tests that require the use of electrical fixtures to ensure that there are no faults or underlying issues

How long will it take to complete the switchboard upgrade?

Again, it’s important that we emphasise that the process will vary from property to property. So, the time we give in this blog is only a guide to help you plan your own schedule accordingly because the upgrade will require some of your own participation. The simplest upgrade for standard old school fuse boxes in Mornington Peninsula will take about 4 hours. If you already have some upgrades and only require the installation of the safety switch, the process could take 2 hours. That means that a switchboard upgrade could be between 2-4 hours in duration. There are some tricky situations, and this applies to properties that are older than 20 or 25 years, where there are many changes required to bring your electrical system back up to standard. You can imagine that 20 years-worth of upgrading can translate to more than a couple hours and this could be as long as 8 hours. In this time, you won’t have access to electricity unless you have a backup power supply.

Mornington Peninsula switchboard upgrades

If you are based in any of these locations, then Impulse Electrical is ready to arrange a switchboard upgrade as soon as you’re ready. The sooner the better! We’re a 24-hour electrician and electrical service provider in Mornington Peninsula and the surrounds. Give us a call on directly on 0418 383 232 or visit our website, Impulse Electrical, for the rest of our contact channels.