Glenco has been upgrading switchboards all across Greater Sydney for over 3 decades now. We’re the tried and tested electrical services provider that has stood the test of time. When you book one of our electricians in for a switchboard upgrade, you know you’re dealing with a company you can trust. You’re going to get a skilled and knowledgeable electrician upgrading your switchboard who’ll get the job done efficiently and effectively.
If you have any questions about switchboard compliance or switchboard upgrades Sydney, why not contact us on 02 9700 9996? A friendly member of our team would love to answer them for you.
What Does a Switchboard Do?
The switchboard receives power from the main electricity supply and then distributes it through your building. It’s a very important component of the electrical system, and is subject to strict regulations about its setup, for the sake of safety. Some of the main components of a switchboard include:
The Switchboard Enclosure
You’ll recognise the tough plastic or metal enclosure protecting your switchboard. This is where all the cables distributing energy throughout the property originate from. The durable enclosure is placed in an area out of reach of kids.
The Main Switchboard Switch
This is a master switch which isolates the entire electrical supply. All the energy going to the home can be shut down or turned on with the main switch, making it especially useful for maintenance and repair work in the electrical system.
These circuit breakers protect the electrical circuit from damage caused by overloading. Basically they trip if too much energy is being drawn and completely cut off the power supply. This protects the cables from overheating and can prevent fires or burned wires.
Residual Current Devices
An RCD, or Residual Current Device, is a safety switch designed to prevent people or animals from getting a fatal electric shock when they touch something live. RCD’s detect leakage current and trip immediately, meaning if you touch a live wire they will sense it and trip off. They’re an important safety aspect of a switchboard.
Get Your Switchboard Inspected
Why is it so important to get your switchboard inspected? Well, not only is it the first step towards deciding if you need an electrical switchboard upgrade, an inspection is extremely important for a number of other reasons. A switchboard is an integral and important part of an electrical circuit, particularly when it comes to safety. They’re not immune to wear and tear though, and problems can arise with them over time.
Duty of Care
Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner or strata caretaker, you have a duty of care to ensure all those within your premises are kept safe. This goes for residents and visitors. Not only that, you have a duty of care towards the switchboard itself, and the entire electrical system of your building. An inspection ensures the duty of care is acknowledged and attended to.
Prevent Electrical Problems
Prevention is better than cure, and this is certainly the case with electrical problems. They can be costly and affect the physical safety of people and places, so it’s better to detect them before they develop. A switchboard inspection by a Glenco electrician will check for unsafe components, check the mains wiring and circuit breakers, and check the earthing electrode. Any anomalies will be picked up and dealt with.
Overlooking the switchboard upgrades and inspections might not just be a bad idea, it could also be against the law if your electrical system doesn’t meet Australian standards. Often older buildings don’t meet the current Australian electrical safety standards, particular if their electrical system hasn’t been upgraded in a while. We strongly recommend regular inspections and switchboard upgrades if required so your building stays compliant.
Efficient and effective fault finding is a skill not all electricians possess. At Glenco we ensure the Sydney electrician who inspects your switchboard is a master fault finder. We continually train and test all our electrical team on their fault finding skills. The more efficiently an electrical fault find can be carried out, the more cost effective and time effective the job is for you. Sometimes it takes a highly skilled fault finding electrician team like the one we have at Glenco to rectify the problem. An inspection and possible switchboard upgrade is essential for your safety, so make sure it’s done right by getting the right team on board.
It is a good idea to have a plan in place to keep your system maintained by having an electrical safety inspection carried out every 1 to 2 years. Ask us about becoming a Rewards Member at Glenco and these inspections can be carried out for free.
How Can I Tell If I Need A Switchboard Upgrade?
If you haven’t had a switchboard inspection for a while, we’d recommend getting a qualified and licensed Glenco electrician out to check if you need a switchboard upgrade. They’ll be able to provide you with an honest assessment of your switchboard and any problems that may present. Give us a call on 02 9700 9996 and we’ll organise a Sydney electrician to come over.
There are a number of warning signs you could also look out for which could indicate it’s time to upgrade your switchboard. These are:
There’s no room left for additional switches to be added.
Over time you may have added switches for devices like a pool pump or air-conditioning units you’ve installed. If the switchboard is overcrowded it starts to become a safety hazard.
Your switches keep tripping.
If you’re running a bunch of appliances at your home or business, your switchboard might not be equipped to deal with the amount of energy they draw, particularly if it’s an older model. This will result in short circuiting which will cause the switches to trip.
Your switchboard uses fuses and not Residual Circuit Breakers (RCB’s)
Fuses are old technology, particularly ceramic ones. They were okay for the properties of a few years ago, whose energy needs weren’t high. Residual Current Devices will instantly shut down power if they detect a fault, helping prevent serious electric shock. The circuit is automatically and quickly disconnected as soon as it detects the electrical current is unbalanced. In simple terms, if there is a problem on the circuit that could cause a safety issue, the device shuts that power off and keeps you and your family safe. If you still have fuses in your switchboard and haven’t upgraded to RCB’s, then it’s definitely time for a Sydney switchboard electrician to come take a look.
You smell burning from your switchboard
This is never a good sign, normally indicating faulty wiring or an overloaded circuit. If you smell burning, see sparks of any description or have blackened fuses in your switchboard, there are problems that need to be seen by a Sydney switchboard electrician.
If you notice any of the above with your switchboard, get in touch with the Glenco, the switchboard upgrade experts, as soon as you can. The safety of you and your family or colleagues is our top priority, which is why our electrical service is available 24 /7, all year round.
Surge Protection Devices
When a storm hits your area, your appliances are vulnerable to a power surge. This surge could see your expensive devices like TVs, laptops,or air-conditioning units ruined by an unexpected high current running through your electrical system. A surge protection device is an extra device that attaches to your existing switchboard. This device prevents the power surge caused by the storm reaching your electrical devices and shuts the power down as a preventative measure. If you have invested in your home’s electrical devices, this is a great option you should consider for your switchboard.
Benefits of an Electrical Switchboard Upgrade
Safety and peace of mind
The safety of your family, colleagues and visitors needs to be prioritised. When you know you have reliable switchboard upgrades done by a professional electrician from Glenco, your mind can be at rest. Safety switches can detect small faults that will shut power off before giving anyone a shock. This means the risk of electrical fires, electrocution or any other associated problems are greatly reduced, as is your liability for them.
Keep up with the power demands of your home
A modern home has modern appliances that will draw more energy from your electrical system. Old switchboards don’t have the capacity to cope with this extra demand, so the fuses keep tripping. A switchboard upgrade will ensure your home is thrust into the modern times, allowing you to enjoy seamless, uninterrupted energy supply.
Improved energy efficiency
Switchboard upgrades will add to the energy efficiency of your home. The modern tech behind RCB switches ensures there is less wastage of energy, which equals dollars saved off your monthly power bill.
Save money in the long run
Most of our call outs to properties are because they have older style switchboards installed. Maintaining these switchboards is an ongoing process that results in many electrician callouts, which is expensive in terms of labour and components. An upgraded switchboard will be reliable and durable, immediately eliminating these extra costs.
Sitting at home in the dark… again? Nervously flipping up tripped switches in your aged switchboard, risking your safety? These are frustrations anybody can do without. Get a Glenco switchboard electrician to do an upgrade of your switchboard and life will become a whole lot easier.
Switchboard upgrades reduce insurance premiums
Less problems and insurance claims at your property means lower insurance premiums. It makes sense to have an updated switchboard that isn’t prone to electrical issues.
Switchboard upgrades increase the value of your property
An updated electrical system at your home will boost its market value. Buyers looking for a home would rather spend their money on a property with a reliable and safe electrical system than an old and outdated one.
Sydney’s Best Switchboard Upgrade Electrician
Glenco have been providing trusted electrical services to Greater Sydney since 1988. There are many reasons why you should consider our team of electricians for your switchboard upgrade, and these are some of them:
24/7 Emergency Electrical Service
Our emergency electrical service is available to the whole of Greater Sydney. We have a network of qualified electricians around the city who can be at your premises in next to no time. We cater to commercial and residential customers, and look forward to taking care of your electrical emergencies for you.
Experienced and Qualified Electricians
As an authorised service provider who has stood the test of time, you can rest assured when you deal with Glenco you’re only dealing with the best switchboard upgrade technicians. Our team is trained, certified, licensed and insured. No matter the problem you present to them, they’ll be able to assist in an efficient and effective manner.
Local to Sydney
Local context is important in any industry. We’ve been operating in Sydney since 1988, so not only do we know the city like the back of our hands, we have established networks of industry suppliers and professionals we’re in contact with. When you’re dealing with Glenco, you get local experience and local knowledge.
Australian and Family Owned
Glenco is a proudly Australian company, family owned and operated. We consider and treat our clients as family too.