Consumer Units are the modern replacements for fuse boards or fuse boxes. They serve a similar function, cutting power to parts of your house if the circuit gets overloaded. Consumer units are more sophisticated than the old fuse boxes were and have additional safety features built in.
One of the most important safety features in modern consumer units is the residual current device or RCD. The RCD is designed to detect small changes in flow of electricity which could indicate a fault or someone getting electrocuted. When they detect this type of fault an RCD will cut the power, rather than waiting for the circuit to become overloaded as a traditional fuse box will do.
Having an RCD fitted means many shorts and other faults will be detected before anyone comes into contact with them. If someone is unfortunate enough to touch a faulty piece of electrical equipment then the RCD can stop them from getting a fatal shock.
Consumer units, rather than fuse boxes or fuse boards are legally required on any new buildings in the UK. They may also be required if you are having rewiring work done or extended your home electrics for an extension or home conversion. Consumer units add an extra layer of safety compared to a traditional fuse box or fuse boards and they should be replaced when possible. If you have an older consumer unit then you may want to replace it with a new one with built in RCD.
GW Electrical do consumer unit replacements and installations for homeowners and landlords in Bristol, Somerset and the surrounding areas. As the consumer unit is vital to the electrical safety of your home most homeowners want the re-assurance that an experienced and qualified electrician like GW Electrical has done the work. In most cases replacing a consumer unit will be notifiable under the Part P regulations. As fully qualified electricians we can certify the work for you under Part P, saving you time and money.
Fitting and testing of consumer units by fully qualified electricians
Improve the safety of your home and reduce the fire risk
Bring your home electrics up to modern standards