Your Guide to Electric Switchboard
Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to overlook the signs of faulty wiring, outdated switchboard or circuit breaker damage. In such a case, the home becomes vulnerable to damage, electrocution or worse, fire. Although a faulty switchboard may seem a fairly easy or common concern, it is still best to seek the help of professional and reliable electricians. You as a homeowner may possess electrical knowledge and prefer to DIY, but professionals can do more than just fix your problem. They can run a complete inspection from your electrical switchboard to your circuit breakers and your wirings.
Functions of a Switchboard
1. Electrical Protection
- Aside from power distribution, the electrical switchboard also functions as a protection device in the event of irregular or abnormal flow of electricity. Fuse and circuit breaker are important parts that prevent short circuits and overloading, which can highly occur without warning. Under such a situation, your appliances can be significantly damaged if there’s no protection from a switchboard. Your home is also at risk of fire hazards and electrocution. Other issues that could arise include overvoltage, under-voltage, phase loss or phase sequence.
- How do fuses provide protection? If there’s too much current flow, fuses break the circuit. This protects the appliance and the wiring in case something goes wrong. A circuit breaker does the same when it senses an excessive current flow. The difference between them is that when a large amount of current tries to flow through a fuse, its internal wire is damaged, and it needs to be replaced. Meanwhile, a circuit breaker requires no replacement.
2. Electricity Monitoring
Common Switchboard Problems
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If you’re considering preventative maintenance and testing of your switchboard, let the professionals handle it. We, at Crawford Electrical, offer switchboard and power upgrades and rewiring. We also cover a wide range of services related to indoor and outdoor lighting, smoke alarms, commercial fit outs, ceiling and exhaust fans, as well as TV and communications. Call us at +61 432 228 857 today!