You might say that the switchboard is the heart of your house. What do they do, exactly? Your switchboard distributes power to your main switch and each individual safety switch or fuse which powers all the electrical appliances and lights in your home.

And, a switchboard is also the place where your electricity provider will read your meter every three months. It’s here they measure energy consumption for billing purposes.

Ideally, your switchboard should have clear access from the street, and if possible located outside your fenced area if you have pets to give you meter reader easy access.

How can I tell if I need a switchboard upgrade?

Over time, some components of your electrical switchboard may present a fault. Common faults are found in safety switches, circuit breakers and cables caused by overload, poor connection or the switchboard nearing the end of its life.

A switchboard upgrade is recommended under a few different circumstances:

The Terrigal Electrical team can replace old ceramic fuses with modern circuit breakers and RCDs to keep you and your property safe from electrical fire. If you think you might need a switchboard upgrade, contact us for professional advice.

A switchboard upgrade might just save your life.

If you notice sparks or smoke coming from your switchboard or any other electrical product, contact the Terrigal Electrical team via our 24-hour emergency hotline for immediate electrical attention.