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Do I really need a switchboard upgrade?

Your switchboard is the central electrical system of your home. Many Sydney homes have old fuse boxes that struggle with the increased demand of power that continues to put stress on your switchboard due to the increase of electronic devices that are overloading your power points and are also not being protected by safety switches, making the electrical safety of your home a problem.

How can I tell if my switchboard is being overloaded?

Many people don’t realise how many devices they actually have connected in their houses, or even how many devices are being plugged into one powerpoint, especially if they are using powerboards to extend their ability to plug in more devices. Here is just a small list to consider when thinking about the power usage in your home.

  • Increase in mobile devices that are being charged such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other portable devices found in the home.
  • Increase in the number of fridges, freezers, washing machines, and dryers found in the average home as well as their age.
  • Increase in the number of televisions, set-top boxes, and gaming consoles used in different parts of the home.
  • The amount of air-conditioning units being used because of Sydney’s extreme weather conditions.

If your home is old, it is more than likely that you probably don’t have a safety switch installed (RCD) and is also still using ceramic fuses. Don’t worry, our Flash Electrical and data licensed electricians are able to advise you on the needs for your household and get your new switchboard.

How can I know if I have an outdated switchboard?

Here is a checklist that the Flash Electrical and Data team have put together for you so you can identify whether or not you need an upgrade.

  • Do you have a safety switch installed (RCD)?
  • When your power and/ or lights are flickering at different intervals.
  • When your switchboard trips on its own.
  • When plugging in appliances, the switchboard gets tripped or blows a fuse
  • If you hear buzzing noises being emitted from the switchboard.
  • Is there a burning smell that comes and goes from the switchboard?

Please keep in mind that the checklist is good for immediate identification of issues with your switchboard. However, it is better to catch any issues before it is too late. So here is another list you will need to consider if you want to kee your home safe.

  • How old is your house?
  • Is your home still using the ceramic style fuse box?
  • Has there been an increase in electronic devices plugged into you home?
  • Are there times of the day when man devices are plugged in at the same time, putting alot of stress on your switchboard?

Electrical equipment continues to degrade and breakdown over time, and so like anything else that becomes old, your switchboard could just be simply due for an upgrade which will put you in front of any problems that could potentially rise in the near future.

What should you do now?

Don’t put your family or business at risk. Call our experienced staff today, even if you are unsure if you need an electrical switchboard upgrade or not. We will be able to advise you on what you need to do next, should you need one.

What is the difference between a safety switch and a circuit breaker?

The safety switch will stop anybody in your home from an electric shock. The circuit breaker will protect faulty electrical cables and appliances.

How does a safety switch work?

Electricity starts from the switchboard and then back to it through the electrical circuit in your house, forming a loop. If the loop is broken, the safety switch will automatically detect the power leakage and cut the flow of electricity, significantly reducing the risk of death or serious injury.

How do I know if I have a safety switch on all my circuits in my switchboard?

Add ImageSafety switches should have a test button located on the face of the device. If there is no test button, then it is more than likely to just be a safety switch. If you are not sure, take a photo of your switchboard and send it into us, and we will be able to tell you if it is or not.

I have one safety switch installed. Is this enough protection?

Many Australians do have at least one safety switch installed. They have switches installed on the lighting circuits, and some also have them on the power circuits. 
However, many of these homes don’t have them installed on the circuit that supplies power to appliances such as the air conditioner, hot water system, and overs. If any of these units are faulty or someone has drilled through a wall, hitting one of the live wires that powers these appliances, will cause serious injury or death. Make sure that all your circuits have been protected with a safety switch.

What will happen when I get my old switchboard replaced?

New switchboard enclosure/load centre
Every domestic circuit protected by a safety switch as per the new wiring rules AS3000/2018
New main earth

Do you provide an electrical certificate of compliance with the upgrade?

Yes we do and you will receive a certificate of compliance from us upon the completion of the job, and the licensed electrician has signed off that the job is complete and up to a high standard.

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Junn Almz
Junn Almz
02:05 02 Jul 21
Had to post this review again after all reviews I posted on different businesses on google are all deleted. Have used this company twice and will be contacting them for all electrical related services we may need in the future due to their expertise, professionalism, and specially the competitive price. They’re always on time from qouting the job which was done by James, who also offer the best advice and reasonable price for the job, to the tradesmen Scott and Asafo, who were experts in what they do not to mention their great attitude towards the customers and professionalism too. They go beyond their job to make customers happy at the end. Scott helped out when I was having a problem if I can hang a mirror to the wall without hitting live wires. He offered to check it which saves me the worry. All the team’s work are greatly appreciated by us and we are so thankful.
Jay Felton
Jay Felton
01:36 10 May 21
Amazing service. All three guys who came over were very efficient and pleasant. They accidentally a small scruff on the wall but proactively came to me and offered a solution. Ended up getting an additional power point installed and cleaned up the scuff free of charge. Will definitely call again for any future work I need. This is a company you can trust.
Chris Larkin
Chris Larkin
06:20 09 May 21
James has been our "go-to" electrician for over 4 years. He has been unfailingly prompt, efficient, knowledgeable, courteous, and right on top of his game. And always reasonably priced! Do yourself a favour and give his team a call.
Maria Gennusa
Maria Gennusa
06:06 05 May 21
James and his team upgraded my mums electrical board today and old burnt out PowerPoints in her home. The team were on time and worked solidly all day to get the job done. The staff were friendly and personable and all questions answered as required. The job was excellent value and done professionally. I would highly recommend James and Scott and teams for any repairs /upgrades in all types of electrical works for your home or business.
Shane Bell
Shane Bell
10:04 20 Apr 21
What a great experience! Responsive and very helpful support, explained things clearly, resolved my issue quickly and provided valuable ideas and suggestions about other queries I had around the home. Highly recommend James and his professional service.
Najat Barrak
Najat Barrak
02:26 26 Mar 21
All the appliances in our kitchen, including fridge, suddenly stopped working. We tried to get back our power but nothing we did worked. I called James and explained what had happened. Within one minute, James had worked out that the problem was an external power point. Sure enough, the power point was coming out of the wall and was soaking wet! He advised of a way to ensure our fridge started working again and promised he would fix the problem the next morning. As promised, his team came in the morning and issue was solved professionally and with no stress! Would recommend James and his team without hesitation. So good to find an honest and reliable electrician who genuinely cares for his customers.
Isabel Hernandez
Isabel Hernandez
00:26 25 Mar 21
James and his staff helped us really promptly and efficiently with tasks that came up in the process of a renovation. They were friendly and explained things as well they could to a layperson like myself, and the quote was accurate. Won't hesitate to call again for the next electrical problem we encounter.
Daniel Evans
Daniel Evans
00:00 18 Mar 21
Had a dud phone line required rewiring for NBN. James was very responsive, kept in regular communication and was timely in fixing it up. Professional and got the work done, was very accommodating as I organised the work away from home.
julia maley
julia maley
05:42 08 Mar 21
Excellent service and price. The team was reliable very professional and friendly. Would highly recommend Flash Electrical. I will certainly be using them again. Thank you guys.👍
Mukund Patel
Mukund Patel
07:21 30 Jan 21
James and his co- workers were friendly and courteous. They were professional and did the job to our satisfaction, cleaning up any mess at the end. This was the second time we have used James for electrical work (fans, LED lights and installing extra power points) and we would highly recommend him.
B Mathew
B Mathew
02:20 23 Jan 21
I have found James through google. Last week (3rd week of Jan 2021) James and his team installed a Ring doorbell and few other items. I am pleased with their professionalism, punctuality and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
Suzie Barrak
Suzie Barrak
06:59 11 Dec 20
I've had Flash work at my property many times and each time I'm so impressed at the service, quality and knowledge they bring. They are professional and polite, always patient while I ask 100 questions and happy to do whatever the job. They've changed all my lights, installed lighting in my garage and under the carport. Set up new powerpoints, gotten me more power when my appliances were tripping, installed ceiling speakers etc. They really know what they're doing. Highly recommend!
Emily Turner
Emily Turner
00:49 10 Nov 20
New to the area, James was referred to me by family for the upgrade of all lighting and switches. He exceeded my expectations with sound product knowledge, efficiency, and high standard of workmanship. I have used James on 2 further occasions, re: power outage, and an oven installation; each time providing the same high standard.
Desmond Chu
Desmond Chu
14:53 22 Oct 20
Called James over the phone and told him what we required. Organised a time most suitable for me and offered his professional advice on our situation along with a quote. Kept me posted from start to finish. Everything was double checked and left the premises clean and tidy. Prices are very reasonable. You pay for what you get. Will be back!
Mary Valeri
Mary Valeri
04:18 15 Oct 20
James was easy to talk to and understanding of my needs to have work done as soon as possible. He very kindly fitted me in to his busy schedule. I was very impressed with the work carried out and happy the boys cleaned up afterwards. I will definitely be using them in the future for all my electrical work.
Leon Manuel
Leon Manuel
23:05 07 Oct 20
James and his team are true experts with detailed understanding of our needs. Not only were they thorough with their work they were also very adaptable with changing and additional requests after our initial engagement of work. Will re-use again and continue to recommend to others for a long, long time.
11:53 02 Oct 20
Very friendly team members, knew exactly what I wanted done. In and out with minimal disturbance, and cleaned up afterwards. Stayed to check the connection was up and running before leaving. Definitely recommend, and will remember for any future electrical or cabling work required. Thank you for the peace of mind and great service!
03:18 01 Oct 20
Top quality work from James and the team, 10/10 would recommend anytime.
Rashika Naidoo
Rashika Naidoo
12:23 30 Sep 20
Excellent and very reliable. James has been very helpful and always on time. Highly recommended to everyone. Very professional and good pricing. Iam glad to find him as my electrician. There's no second option now james, you are the best.
01:47 22 Sep 20
James is an excellent electrician and quality is his motive. Thank you for helping me out with installation and break fix.
Tevita Vave
Tevita Vave
00:48 03 Sep 20
James and the team at Flash installed a new oven circuit for me on one occasion and did so in a professional timely manner. Also after hours I called James for an emergency as my main switch had failed and he came out at 8pm from dinner to get it fixed! Great team and I highly recommend them.
Andrew Currie
Andrew Currie
08:03 05 May 20
Sensational work today completed from James and all his crew. Promt, & accurate eye for detail, & good all round customer experience. Peace !
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