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    Top Benefits of Upgrading Your Switchboard

    A switchboard is a device that allows the stable distribution of electricity around a building. It’s essential to invest in a reliable switchboard to ensure the safety of your loved ones and properties.

    If your Wollongong home was built around the 1990s, chances are, its switchboard needs to be upgraded for the following reasons:


    The electrical safety standards and work practices in Australia have changed over the years. As a result, what was once considered safe may be identified as the opposite these days. Not updating your electrical system can also help you avoid legal problems.


    The number of electrical devices and equipment we use at home has significantly increased in the past twenty years. Unfortunately, older switchboards cannot cope with the massive usage of modern homes, which can cause short circuits, flickering bulbs, damage to appliances, and fire.

    According to Max Funding’s business advisor and small business loan provider Shane Perry,” The Australian Energy Statistics 2020 shows that energy consumption increased by 0.6% in 2018-2019. It reached 6,196 petajoules, which was the highest level ever. Unfortunately, this also means that older switchboards can never sustain the demand of an average household.” 


    It’s crucial to fit out the circuit with a safety switch or residual current device (RCD) to protect you from electrical accidents. This device constantly monitors the current flow within the live and neutral wires that supply an electrical system. If an electrical fault is detected, it will shut off the power within 0.03 seconds.

    Remember that you could come into contact with electricity at various places in your home; therefore, it’s crucial there a safety switch protects each circuit. Upgrading the switchboard is also a chance to protect multiple circuits that have grown over the years. Learn more about RCDs here.


    Asbestos was a common building material in Australia during the 1920s to 1980s. It was only until 2003 when its use was banned entirely. Unfortunately, this harmful mineral was used in over 3000 products, including meter panels in residential switchboards.

    Asbestos is non-friable in its solid-state. However, asbestos particles are released when you drill holes into the panels for fitting and cables. These particles can flow in your indoor environment and cause health problems when inhaled.

    Here’s a guide on how to identify and manage asbestos presence in your home.


    Older switchboards tend to be overcrowded and disorganised, increasing the safety hazard. Modern switchboards are more organised, space-saving, and perceptible.


    Older switchboards tend to cause frequent repairs, which can be costlier than an upgrade. Modern switchboards are equipped with circuit breakers and RCDs that minimise the chances of circuit trips.

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