Consumer unit upgrades

Do I need a new Fusebox?

Do I need a new Fusebox?

This is a question we get asked a lot in and around Sleaford. It’s completely understandable that clients might question this when their fusebox has been quietly working away in the background, not causing them any issues for years.

However, just because something has been working, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. What was considered the best twenty years ago may now be obsolete and in a few cases actually unsafe. Take the use of asbestos for instance.

Replacing your fusebox will improve the standard of safety in your home, and therefore protect you and your family.

In 2008 the electrical wiring standards and regulations changed meaning all circuits required a Residual Circuit Device (RCD) protection by law. AN RCD is a life saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live. Having a modern consumer unit (fusebox) fitted with RCDs gives you the best protection because they usually cover all the wiring, sockets and appliances in your home.

Got a Power Cut in Sleaford? Here’s what to do:

Got a Power Cut in Sleaford?  Here’s what to do:

Power cuts can occur for a variety of reasons such as a storm or a cut power line. Not only do they cause us inconvenience, they can also be highly dangerous. Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  • Check if your neighbours still have power. If their power has gone too, it could be a sign that there has been a local power cut. If this is the case, contact your network distributor. If your neighbours do have power but you still don’t, it’s likely there is a problem with the fuses or trip switches in your home.
  • Check your trip switch and fuses - Your trip switch should be on or near your fuse box/consumer unit. If the trip switch is off, try switching it back on. If it switches off again, this could indicate that one of your appliances may be faulty, so unplug all appliances and reset the trip switch. The best thing to do in this situation is to call an approved electrician. They will be able to inspect your system and repair any faults straight away, giving you peace of mind.

The importance of your Fusebox

Do you trust your electrician?

local, reliable and trustworthy electricians in Sleaford

Unfortunately this scenario crops up quite often when I go out to visit clients.

I hear often that electricians turn up hours after they had arranged, or in some cases not at all. This understandably leads to much frustration on the customers part and a general distrust of electricians in general.

I have to say that this kind of 'problem' is very common within the trade. Marshall Sadler Ltd however pride ourselves on a professional service and we understand that time is very valuable.

We offer full flexibility with our appointments – there is no need for you to take time off work and wait in for us.

Residual Current Device (RCD)

Residual Current Device (RCD)

Many of the blogs i have written in the past mention how important it is to have an RCD fitted in your home. Although i've explained the importance of having one, i've never actually explained what an RCD does and how it protects the household.

An RCD stands for Residual Current Device. It is an essential safety device that automatically cuts off the electricity if there is a problem. This might sound pretty boring and bog standard, and you might even wonder what the point of having one is.

Thinking of having your fuseboard changed in Sleaford?

Old style fuseboard changed in Sleaford

Having made the decision to replace your old fuseboard, it is important to ensure that this important job is completed by a competent, registered electrician.

Think of your fuseboard as the main hub of your home- its the 'thinking center' to all of the electrical aspects in your home. If the job is carried out incorrectly, your home will be in a dangerous condition and your family is at risk from electrical harm.

DIY Electrical work

Do you need an Electrician in Sleaford?

Do you need an Electrician in Sleaford?

A recent survey sent to UK householders reveal the dangerous risks that UK householders take when carrying out work on their home electrics.

Whilst not all DIY electrical work is illegal, it does require a common sense approach. It is perfectly legal for you to carry out like for like DIY replacements in your home, so
if you are looking to replace some lights in your living room or replace a damaged socket front you can do this - but only if you feel confident in doing so.

However it seems as though householders are not aware that they are breaking the law as they carry out some high scale electrical projects in their homes. The main
problem of course here is that there is no guarantee that the work is safe nor is it certified maeaning the work not only puts the home and family members at risk but it
could also cause problems at a later date if the house were to be sold.