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Have you checked your electrical switchboard lately?

Your electrical switchboard is at the very core of your home’s functionality. When everything’s working correctly, you have nothing to worry about. But when your switchboard is malfunctioning you could be stuck in the dark ages – or worse. It’s not worth the risk.

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Understanding your Switchboard, Fuse Box and Circuit Breakers

If you’re experiencing regular blackouts and power outages, it’s time to do something about it. Domestic electrical issues should never be ignored and that means checking out your switchboard. Metropolitan Electrical Contractors specialises in electrical switchboard installation and can provide you with the essential service you need.

To the untrained eye, knowing what a switchboard is can be a touch confusing. It’s not an isolated piece of equipment, but rather a part of your home’s entire electrical system.

When something goes wrong with the power, you can trace it to the source at the fuse box, or electrical meter box. This houses the switchboard, main switch, RCD safety switches and circuit breakers. The fuse box is typically near the front of a house, on an internal or external wall. It may contain the electricity meter, too.


Inside your electric meter box you’ll find the following key components:

  1. Switchboard: This is the overall unit that houses the main switch and circuit breakers. Think of it like the control panel for the power supply to household circuits.
  2. Main Switch: The electrical main switch is the overall master control. When it’s switched off or is tripped the whole home loses power.
  3. Circuit Breakers: Circuit breakers provide protection for fuses. They prevent short circuit and excess electrical current distribution and will trip and turn off to stop the power supply. There are often individual circuit breakers for lighting, hot water systems, air conditioning, etc, to prevent any one circuit from overloading.
  4. RCD Safety Switches: Designed for human safety by preventing electric shock, residual current devices (RCD) cut off the power instantly when an imbalance is detected in the circuit. Although they essentially work the same as a circuit breaker, RCD safety switches react to more sensitive changes in current.

Each element of your electrical switchboard can be broken down and assessed individually when you’re having issues with power. However, Metropolitan Electrical Contractors will always look at testing your entire electrical system for a thorough fault-finding analysis.

We pay attention to the fine details so you can receive a detailed assessment. This will help you understand the best course of action and long-term management. So if you’re dealing with any electrical switchboard woes, contact us to book a local licensed electrician.

Electric Switchboard Upgrade

Average power usage needs have drastically evolved over the years. Once there was a time when it was a luxury to have a washing machine, telephone or TV. Now, it’s the norm. Homes are also filled with slow cookers, air fryers and countless chargeable devices like smartphones and tablets.

But as our demands have increased, the characteristics of older homes haven’t changed. Yes, new builds are tailor-made for a 21st-century world, but many existing houses have not experienced that same evolution.

Old and inadequate residential electrical switchboards can be dangerous. Ceramic fuses are not designed with the same level of safety as modern fuses. There’s less protection against high voltage frequencies that can damage valuable appliances. Your home itself could even be at a high degree of risk if an electrical fire sparked.

Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Switchboard

A switchboard upgrade is highly recommended if you:

  • Have old ceramic fuses
  • Do not have a safety switch or RCD protection
  • Experience regular power outages
  • Suffer from frequently blown fuses
  • Have damaged wiring or a damaged switchboard

Upgrading to a brand-new switchboard is the best way to avoid potential threats to your home. You can be sure that it is wholly compliant with modern regulations, including appropriate RCD protection. The various electrical circuits and connections will also be neatly organised in a clutter-free environment.

If you’re unsure about the quality of your existing electrical switchboard, contact Metropolitan Electrical Contractors. We can discuss all replacement and upgrade options to ensure you receive the most appropriate solution.

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Emergency Switchboard Service and Repair

Metropolitan Electrical Contractors provides 24/7 emergency electrician services to ensure you’re always looked after. In fact, our all-hours services even extend to general maintenance. That means you can always call on us for any job.

Emergency switchboard faults never stick to a schedule. Your power rarely goes out at a convenient time; it’s usually late at night or when a big event’s on the horizon.

The great news is that you have Metropolitan Electrical Contractors by your side. With fast 1 hour* attendance you receive a quick response to any residential electrical job. We also carry all the necessary tools and equipment for thorough inspections and repairs. No one has to wait around in the dark.

Our 24/7 electricians operate for your convenience. Every job is respectfully treated the same with no additional after-hours charges for weekends or public holidays. Customers can enjoy the same upfront fixed prices no matter the time.

Interest Free** Electrical Switchboard Installation

Let’s face it, something like an electrical switchboard upgrade isn’t on most to-do lists. It’s not a planned expense. Often it strikes unexpectedly, forcing us to dig into some savings or the weekly budget.

Metropolitan Electrical Contractors is here to alleviate any potential concerns you may have regarding residential switchboard costs.

We offer a range of interest free** payment plans for eligible customers. For example, you could have a switchboard upgrade and not worry about the initial cost. You can spread out the job payments over manageable instalments. It’s quick and easy.

Just choose a payment plan with one of our providers – Zip or Humm. You have the flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. Some plans even accept a $0 deposit, so you pay nothing upfront. Your electrician can take you through the easy application process on-site and approval usually takes only a few minutes.

Most importantly it means any and all of your electrical concerns can be addressed without delay. Safety concerns will be fixed promptly with the best possible solution enacted. Your residential switchboard and electrical wiring will be undeniably up to standard.

If you would like to know more about our switchboard installation and maintenance services, contact Metropolitan Electrical Contractors today. We’re here to help with all of your electrical questions and concerns.

FAQs – We Answer Your Questions About Switchboards

What's the sitch on switchboards? Find out more thanks to Metropolitan Electrical Contractors.

Domestic electrical switchboards are the control panel for your home’s power supply. It’s connected directly to the mains power grid, from where an electrical current is delivered in bulk.

A series of circuit breakers and/or residual current device (RCD) safety switches then funnel the current into smaller, safer amounts. Each circuit delivers electricity to key appliances, plus important things such as lighting, heating and cooling units, and the hot water system.

Power meters distribute electricity from one electrical source to another. They are the central hub of your home’s own power distribution. They consist of one or more panes. Each has a switch that interrupts or redirects the flow of electricity supplied by your energy provider.

Fuses and switches allow a person to operate it without fear of electrocution. In order to work, the energy going in must equal the energy going out.

Switchboards divide the main current into smaller chunks which are directed to devices. These devices include transformers and panels which distribute power more evenly.

Any electrical faults could pose a serious injury risk or even a fire risk to your home. Some issues can be easily remedied, such as replacing a faulty appliance or circuit breaker. Other issues could be with the switchboard as a whole.

An older switchboard that’s not decided for modern energy usage in one such concern. Therefore it’s important to upgrade before failure or injury. Warning signs like the following are a clear indication that it’s time for change:

  • flickering lights
  • short-circuiting appliances
  • ceramic rewireable fuses instead of circuit breakers
  • overcrowded wiring
  • no RCD safety switches
  • fuse board backing panel containing asbestos

If you feel like any of the above is a concern, contact Metropolitan Electrical Contractors. All electrical upgrades and installations must be carried out by licensed electricians to meet appropriate Australian Electrical Standards.

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Simon was very professional and did excellent work. Provided clear explanations and very informative options for the job. An excellent result was achieved. Thanks again Simon for your help!

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