Safety Switch Upgrades Melbourne

Does your switchboard have nuisance tripping safety switches? Or no safety switches at all!?

For professional, high-quality safety switch upgrades, contact your local trusted electricians today.

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Switchboard Safety Switch Upgrade

Your switchboard is the most important piece of electrical safety equipment in your home!

All the power in your home runs through the switchboard, so it is the most important place to have safety devices installed. That's where safety switches come in!

At Kenner Electrics, our local electricians work on a lot of switchboards around Melbourne. Our electricians frequently find non-compliant and unsafe switchboards in people’s homes, and the most common issues involve safety switches (or lack of). Read more in our blog; What's Keeping You Safe? The Importance of Safety Switches in Your Switchboard.

If your switchboard has no RCDs (safety switches), or only has a single safety switch protecting multiple circuit breakers, then Kenner Electrics recommends upgrading to RCBOs.

Safety Switches, RCDs, RCBOs...?

All the electrical terminology explained by the experts

  • Safety switches (RDCs) are the most vital safety component of your switchboard. They detect ‘earth leakage’ and disconnect power when they detect something disrupting the circuit. RCDs are the only device that will trip in the event of an electric shock to protect humans. An easy way to identify if you have safety switches installed is to look for a button labelled 'TEST' on the device. If pressed it should trip the device. Safety switches should be tested at least twice a year to ensure they are operating correctly. If you have any concerns, contact our friendly team for advice.
  • Circuit Breakers (CBs) provide overcurrent protection, so that if too much power is being drawn through a circuit the circuit breaker will trip to prevent the cable from overheating and starting a fire.
  • RCBOs are a combination device that incorporates a RCD and a CB. They are the best solution for safety and reliability.

Safety Switches give you Peace of Mind

Safety switches are the only device that provide protection to humans.

Without safety switches, your switchboard provides absolutely no protection against electric shock. Safety switches are the only device that provide protection to humans, and the electrical system in your home is unsafe without them.

RCBOs are a combination device that incorporate a safety switch (RCD) and an overload circuit breaker (CB). RCBOs provide the greatest level of protection against electric shocks and prevention of overloading the circuits.

All residential circuits are required to have safety switch protection, including power, lighting, ovens, cooktops, A/C and hot water units. Existing circuits can be upgraded by replacing existing circuit breakers with RCBOs to provide safety switch protection. This has the added benefit of giving you more room in your switchboard so that you can avoid costly switchboard upgrades if you’re thinking of adding extra circuits.

Old style fuse boards do not usually have safety switches, and so they provide no protection against electric shock. They are also harder to maintain and create a risk of electric shock due to exposed live parts when replacing fuses. These old style fuse boards are no longer compliant and the switchboard must be upgraded.

RCBO Safety Switch upgrade in a Melbourne switchboard to provide the greatest level of protection against electric shock

Prevent tripping power to your whole home

Does your entire house lose power when your safety switch trips?

This might be because your switchboard only has one safety switch protecting all the circuits in your switchboard. This means that whenever there is a fault, ALL the circuits trip because they are all connected to that single safety switch. So you'll experience a power outage to your whole house. What a nuisance!

Installing safety switches (RCBOs) on each circuit in your switchboard will prevent multiple circuits from being affected in the event of a fault. It makes it easier to identify which circuit the fault is on as only a single circuit will have tripped.

Having a safety switch on every circuit in your switchboard also provides the highest level of protection from electric shock. The current Australian electrical safety standards require that all switchboards have a safety switch installed on all circuits including power, lighting and electrical appliance circuits (eg. A/C, cooktop, oven and solar). Read more on our blog about what components a modern, safe switchboard should have.

Trusted Electrician installs High-Quality Parts

Kenner Electrics only supplies and installs good quality, reliable products that comply with Australian standards. The parts we use come from reputable manufacturers such as Hager, Clipsal, NHP and ABB. Our skilled electricians are up to date with the latest electrical safety requirements to give you peace of mind. We will provide you with a Certificate of Electrical Safety for all switchboard upgrade works.

Other switchboard issues?

Do you have a different issue with your switchboard? Maybe there's signs of heat damage or cracks, or the switchboard is in a non-compliant location.

No matter what the problem with your switchboard, Kenner Electrics' expert electricians are here to help. Head on over to our Switchboard Upgrade page for more information.

Trusted Electrician testing a tripped power circuit due to a faulty safety switch

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