Discussion in electricians talk started by dipiddy do dah mar 18 2005. I asked an electrician to fit a new fuse box for me i wanted a modern one the type that switches off if a person gets an electric shock to be fair the electrician said at the time that there might be.
A new consumer unit isn t a replacement for a house rewire and if your electrics are really that out of date and dangerous you may find you need much more than a new consumer unit.
New fuse box. A fuse box has a series of threaded sockets into which the fuses are screwed in like. He says ours does not meet new regulations as it must be metal. One of the guys days we must get a new fuse box in order to get any new electrical sockets or fitting of new appliances certified.
Fuses are housed in a fuse box the precursor to the main service panel found with modern circuit breaker systems. We last gathered quotes for a new fuse box in early summer 2016 and updated this page on the 21st june 2016 fuse box cost aka consumer unit the price examples below are to replace an old fuse box board with a new compliant rcd consumer unit aka fuse box on a typical 3 bed house with six circuits. The cost will be between 300 500 for a qualified electrician to come and install a new fuse box.
Fuse boxes for homes play a crucial role in helping to prevent electric shocks and electrical fires. Page 1 of 2 1 2 next dipiddy do dah new member. The new fuseboxes which are now called consumer units have circuit breakers trips and rcds which if there is a fault will disconnect the electric supply much quicker than fuses do.
The electricians will also do electrical testing to ensure everything is safe when the testing is finished the results will be recorded on an electrical installation certificate and the electrician will provide you with a copy. The fuse box is usually located away from main living areas such as the garage laundry room or basement. A fuse box is a type of electrical service panel which is a sort of control board for the entire electrical system of a house while any home built around 1960 or later has a service panel full of circuit breakers panels in older houses used fuses to provide over current protection for the household circuits.
Also if you are going to have any more electrical work done the fusebox will have to be upgraded to comply with the current regulations or the electrician. The consumer unit and materials will cost around 100 125 with the work to install and test taking around half a day assuming there are no problems and then there is also the paperwork to be completed. The average cost to replace a fuse box is between 300 and 500 which includes all labour materials testing and certificate.
What is the cost of a new fuse box. Do i need a new fuse box. Domestic consumer units receive the main electrical supply and distribute it to individual circuits throughout the home to provide electricity.
Obviously there are limitations to what work an electrician can do when replacing a fusebox consumer unit. We are getting quotes for having a new kitchen fitted. If you re unsure whether you have a fuse or breaker box locate the panel and open it up.