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How to Change Consumer Units (CU) aka “Fuse Box”

By August 27, 2014November 15th, 2016Your Domestic Household

Consumer unit is a title given to the unit that distributes electricity in our homes, factories or any kind of building. Nowadays, regulations advocate the distribution of electricity in safer and flexible way. These regulations further expect manufacturer consumer units to meet the criteria put in place. One of the main determinants is that the units must be protected against any leakage with a Residual Current Device with the exception of some circuits and devices. The RCD (Residual Current Device) automatically switches the whole circuit off in case there is any earth leakage. Today, manufacturers have produced excellent consumer units that have the ability to reduce and eliminate different electrical problems. Modern units have a system to set up the lighting circuits, and they are split into two separate circuits.

Understanding the Change of the Fuse Box

Fuse box (Consumer Unit)When it comes to changing the fuse box, a person that does not have the necessary skills or knowledge should not attempt this process. This is because changing consumer units involves electrical work, and it can be dangerous when not handled the right way.

Changing consumer units is a process that involves specialist equipment which include RCD tester, earth loop impedance tester, a low ohms meter and insulation resistance tester. One needs to use a copy of IEE on site guide and IEE Wiring regulations to make the changing process successful.

When handling insulation services on virgin installations and earth loop tests, one should be extra careful and ensure that there is nobody in the house being exposed to high touch voltages in case there is a failure.

Reasons to Upgrade your Consumer Unit

If the property has an outdated fuse board, it‘s a great decision to have a new one installed by a professional. Here are a number of reasons to upgrade domestic and commercial consumer units.

Comply with the electrical wiring regulations: Many homes contain consumer units that are not compliant with electrical regulations. Changing the fuse box ensures that one adheres to stipulated electrical regulation requirements.

Improve property safety standards: Noncompliant fuse box risks the electrical safety of the property. By changing the fuse box, occupants of the property benefit from increased safety standards.

One is able to ease their peace of mind: By complying with electrical rules and improving the safety standards of a property, one is rest assured they are safe, and the electrical system is working efficiently.

Increase energy efficiency in a house: When one replaces their consumer unit, they increase the energy efficiency of their property. In this case, high performing electrical appliances not only benefit the environment but also, help one to save money spent on utility bills.