Rewiring properties in Sheffield
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When Should I Upgrade my Consumer Unit? If your fuseboard/consumer unit looks like the one below then it could be unsafe. These type of fuseboards do not have RCD’s. The fuses on the old style boards take longer to blow and sometimes don’t blow at all. This means that you are far more likely to receive a fatal shock.
RCDs are often known by other names, eg., earth leakage circuit breakers (ELCB) or safety switches. An RCD is an electrical safety device specially designed to immediately switch the electricity off when electricity “leaking” to earth is detected at a level harmful to a person using electrical equipment. An RCD offers a high level of personal protection from electric shock. Fuses or overcurrent circuit breakers do not offer the same level of personal protection against faults involving current flow to earth. Circuit breakers and fuses provide equipment and installation protection and operate only in response to an electrical overload or short circuit.
Replacing a consumer unit in domestic premises where lighting circuits have no protective conductor. The guidance fully recognizes that unearthed lighting circuits do not comply with BS 7671. In following the guidance, the installer accepts this and must be satisfied that all new work on any particular installation addresses the risks. In all cases, the initial approach should be to persuade the customer that protective conductors should be provided.
There are clear signs that can help you tell the age of electrical equipment in your home. These are: Cables coated in black rubber (phased out in the 1960s). Cables coated in lead or fabric (before 1960s). A fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a haphazard mixture of fuse boxes (before 1960s. Older round pin sockets and round light switches, braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown and mounted in skirting boards (before 1960s) black switches and sockets Wall-mounted light switches in bathrooms (before 1960s).
A huge amount of homes in the United Kingdom still have old electrical wiring. This is unsafe and in effect a fire hazard but old wiring is not a good conductor and will cost you more on your electricity bills in comparison to modern systems. This means it will most likely effect the value of a home/building when it comes to selling it and may be shown as a problem when it comes to having a survey. Contact us for more information on rewiring properties in Sheffield.
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