Fill-in your details below & we will get back to you within 30mins or less!
Upgrades & Repairs
FREE QUOTES &
$0 CALL OUT FEE
Book Online Today!
Upgrades & Repairs
FREE QUOTES &
$0 CALL OUT FEE
24hr Switchboard Upgrade, Repair & Installation Specialists
Are you looking to upgrade your old Switchboard or experiencing an emergency power outage? We are specialist in all Switchboards! For immediate service to the Sutherland Shire call 0423 562 257
Book Online Today!
Fill-in your details below and we will get back to you within 30 minutes or less!
24hr & Same
Our Electricians near you are On Call 24 Hours & will attend to your electrical emergency no matter what time of day or night
Fully Licensed &
Our professional Sutherland Shire Electricians are fully Qualified, Licensed & Insured to work on both Residential & Commercial properties
Free Quotes &
$0 Call Out Fee
No Gimmicks – FREE in-home quote & NO Call Out Fee during business hours. We offer Fixed Price services before we begin work, so there’s no surprises
Aussie Sutherland Shire Locals
Aussie Owned & Operated by Aussie Sutherland Shire Locals – Based in Cronulla
Lifetime Warranty on Workmanship
We Provide a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty for piece of mind. We Guarantee our work & will fix any workmanship faults for FREE!
Affordable Fixed Prices
& Seniors Discount
We offer Affordable, Fixed Price services before we begin work so there’s no surprises. Even cheaper with our Seniors Discount
Our Switchboard Upgrade Services in The Sutherland Shire
The switchboard controls how all of the electricity is routed throughout your home, ensuring power can reach all areas of your home. However, the switchboards of the past weren’t designed to accommodate the higher electricity needs of modern appliances, as the technology didn’t exist at the time. If you have old & obsolete ceramic fuses, your switchboard may need to be upgraded to a newer model to give your appliances and other electronics the stable current they need to operate optimally. We will convert your ceramic fuses, or out dated circuit breakers to individual RCD/RCBO safety switches.
Power surges can happen from time to time, and they can wreak havoc on your electronics, even frying them from the inside in extreme cases. Surge protectors protect your appliances by absorbing any sudden increases of power, then redistributing it as needed. This way, your electronics receive a stable amount of electricity, even when there is a surge in the system.
RCD Safety Switches
Safety switches go above and beyond the safety capabilities of switchboards and surge protectors. These devices monitor the power flowing through the cable and shut it down if there is any fluctuation. This can protect you from electric shock in the event that you drop your hair dryer in the sink, cut through a wire with an electric saw or otherwise expose yourself to the risk of shock. The safety switch will shut down the power to that particular power point immediately so that you don’t get shocked. Safety switches are a must have to provide you and your appliances with the best protection.
All our switchboard upgrades will come complete with an electrical certificate of completion. We provide electrical services to all areas across all the Sutherland Shire including Alfords Point, Bangor, Barden Ridge, Bonnet Bay, Burraneer, Caringbah South, Caringbah, Como, Cronulla, Dolans Bay, Engadine, Grays Point, Green Hills Beach, Gymea, Gymea Bay, Illawong, Jannali, Kangaroo Point, Kareela, Kirrawee, Kurnell, Lilli Pilli, Loftus, Menai, Miranda, Oyster Bay, Port Hacking, Sutherland, Sylvania, Taren Point, Wooloware, Woranora, Woranora Heights, Yowie Bay.
When Should You Request a Switchboard Safety Inspection?
Switchboards with ceramic fuses present a fire hazard with modern day electrical demands, and as such should be replaced. Ceramic fuses could put you and your family at risk of electric shock and be a fire hazard to your home. True Local Electricians are Switchboard Specialists in the Sutherland Shire and can update your electrical panel to new circuit breaker/safety switch RCD’s.
**If you have Porcelain Fuse’s in your switchboard you should upgraded as soon as possible
Other reasons to request a Free Switchboard safety inspection from us if you have:
- Hard-wired circuit breaker switchboard.
- A renovation is approaching, and you need to relocate your electrical switchboard
- Having air-conditioning installed
- Your electrical switchboard causing concern
- Smell a smoky odor, a power outage, or the lights flickering.
- Your home has recently been revamped, and your electrical load may have increased.
- A pool pump was added
If you would like to schedule a FREE safety inspection of your switchboard, phone us on 0423 562 257
What is a Switchboard?
Your Sutherland Shire home’s switchboard is the center of your homes electrical system, and plays a very important role in ensuring your electrical safety. The power comes into your switchboard either overhead or underground from the street. It then distributes this power throughout all of the areas of your home. The switchboard is made up of different circuits which are controlled by safety switches, circuit breakers(or MCB’s) or fuses. If your switchboard still has the old style porcelain fuses or circuit breakers, we do recommend a switchboard upgrade as it is definitely a safety concern.
How can i tell if i need a Switchboard Upgrade?
Ceramic Fuses & Old Wiring need to be replaced immediately. Hazards to look out for are signs of black smoldering or any melting around the ceramic fuse and cabling entering the fuse holder. If black smolder marks are present in any of your home wiring then you should consider having your switchboard upgraded immediately to safety switches which will provide you with protection. With modern appliances requiring more power draw wattage, your old switchboard was never equipped to deal with the new power consumption demands and over time new appliances will trip, overload and possibly short circuit resulting in damaged cabling which will add to your repair costs.
Do your Lights Flicker or have you noticed the lighting socket is Black/Brown when you remove the old incandescent globe? You may have fluctuation in voltage issues which you need to have inspected. Over time your voltage is increased by your supply authority making it much harder for your old switchboard to handle the changes. Adding safety switches will prevent this problem and make you and your home safer and AS3000 compliant.
Other Reasons you may need a Switchboard Upgrade
- Asbestos backed switchboard
If the backing of your switchboard is made out of asbestos or wood then this can be a serious electrical safety risk. The chances of a fire or short out in the fuse box are significantly greater if the material are combustible and not up to today requirements. Asbestos switchboard are also hazardous to inhale, so keep your family, pets and others away from it until replaced. In this scenario us is recommended to get a whole new switchboard if you have an asbestos backing switchboard as most electricians are unable to work on these due to insurance.
- No room left in your Switchboard
If there is no more room in your switchboard or fuse box, and you can’t add additional circuits or RCD’s, you may need to upgrade. Most common scenarios are needing more room to accommodate solar power panel installation, as when you install solar you need an additional meter fitted from your energy retailer.
- Switchboard needs to be relocated
If you are doing home renovations you will need to get your switchboard moved. This can be quite a big task and you are best to get a professional electrician to come and provide you with a FREE quote and give you direction on how to move your switchboard in the most cost effective way possible. While in the process of relocating the switchboard you should consider renewing the electrical wiring so it is up to the latest AS3000 code and most importantly safe.
Hazards in Your Switchboard to & Have Upgraded
The dangers of ceramic fuses can be quite hazardous and some Sutherland Shire homes today still have these old hazardous fuses protecting their homes. These type of fuses only protect against short circuit and overload protection and do NOT protect against electric shock which can be fatal to the home occupants. They have a metal element which is has a small piece of wire wrapped around two screws and will heat up and melt when the circuit draws to much current from appliances or devices on an overload fault. When short circuit occurs the wire should break immediately and disconnect the circuit therefore cutting your power. Using oversized wire on a circuit could become catastrophe causing damage to your electrical wiring and even starting a fire. Some fuse sizes will be different and the correct wire size must be used and installed by True Local Electricians Sutherland Shire.
Over time as ceramic fuses age and become brittle, hot joints will form and loose connections will start appearing on the switchboard leading to power failure or even fire damage to your electrical circuits and home. Your switchboard is a very important part of your home and should be upgraded before its too late.
These are equally hazardous! Plug-in fuse’s are a silly step up invention from the ceramic fuse that allow you to easily switch back on the circuit when a fault occurs – which does not fix the problem. But like the ceramic fuse the plug-in fuse will only give you short circuit protection and overload protection which will provide limited protection to your home. The safesty option is to have your switchboard upgraded knowing you have RCDs & RCBOs installed that will protect you and your family from a fatal electric shock.
Old switchboards installed in the Sutherland Shire before 1987 will have the hazardous asbestos boards commonly used for mounting switches and fuses on and will be normally housed and recessed into the side wall of your house. They have a strong tar smell when tampered with and are dark brown or black in colour. The boards will most probably be stamped with their brand names labelled on either the front or the back of the board, such names will be either, lebah, zelemite or asbestos. We highly recommend that these panels be replaced when upgrading your switchboard, any tampering with the board will become a health risk as any fibers released into the air will increase the chances of inhalation.
A new Switchboard from True Local Electricians
Main Switch/Circuit Breaker
The Main switch exists as a main control piece over your entire switchboard, once int the off position, the flow of electricity through your home will stop. The main switch provides two main functions – to protect your switchboard against potential overload, and protection against short circuit. For most residential homes, the main switch ill be rated at 63amps. If your main switch is rated any bigger or smaller it could cause a hazardous situation. Your main switch is always located on the left hand side of your switchboard and will be the first switch in the series. If you do not have a main switch on your switchboard, your switchboard does not meet AS3000 Australian electrical standards and is a dangerous hazard.
RCD/RCBO – Residual Current Device/Residual Current Device Overload
An RCD has one function where by it protects and detect the circuit of any earth leakage currents in your homes electricity circuits. In other words, an RCD is protecting you against a fatal electric shock when coming into contact with exposed electric wires or copper piping. On the other hand, an RCBO provides two functions – it will protect you against earth leakage currents but will also protect the circuit in the event of an overload fault on your switchboard. An overload fault has the potential to occur when you have to too many appliances or devices running on the one safety switch which is protecting your appliances from burn out and catching fire. RCD’s & RCBO’s are usually rated from 6 to 40 amps.
Below are typical amp requirements to expect on common circuits:
- 6 – 10 amps – lighting
- 16 – 20 amps – power sockets
- 20 – 25 amps – oven
- 32 – 40 amps – cook-top/stove
All new switchboard installations in the Sutherland Shire since 2019 must be build according to the Australian standards. This Act states that all newly installed switchboard upgrades must have RCD’s & RCBOs installed on all individual circuits.
Any switchboards that needs MCB’s or circuit breakers replaced, must be replaced with an RCBO or RCD. It is no longer legal to install an MCB or circuit breaker on your main power & lighting circuits – it is a requirement for all new switchboard upgrades which True Local Electricians to be on a RCBO or RCD fitted to protect you against electric shocks and overloads.
What Brands Do we Use for Switchboard Upgrades?
We use Hager switches and switchboard equipment. Hager are well known as as a premium & trusted supplier of switchboard Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers. Hager Switches also come with the largest warranty, so rest assure you are covered for any unlikely faults. We are extremely confident installing their products, to date we have not experienced a single failure, in comparison to the cheaper overseas variants. You can read more on their products by Clicking Here.
What Makes Us The Best Switchboard Upgrade Electricians near you?
We pride ourselves on providing the things that matter when you are in an electrical emergency:
- Specialist knowledge in Switchboards locally in the Sutherland Shire
- Fast rapid response time to get your power back on ASAP
- Availability 24/7
- Qualified, Licensed & Insured
- Affordable electrical solutions & Seniors Discounts
True Local Electricians Service Your Area!
We provide electrical switchboard upgrades to all areas, suburbs and localities of the Sutherland Shire Council. All of our team are Aussie Sutherland Shire Locals and have fully equipped vans ready to provide you with professional and on time service.
Frequently Asked Electrical Switchboard Questions
What Is a Safety Switch and Why Do I Need One?
Even if you own or rent, it is still a good idea to have safety switches installed on all circuits. Protection switches protect you from electric shocks, your family and anyone entering the house. Call your electrician if you are uncertain, to see if your home is safe.
Why is my Safety Switch tripping?
When Do I Need A Switchboard Upgrade?
Do you offer a FREE Electrical Safety Inspection?
I Smell Electricity Burning, What Should I Do?
If you smell electricity burning you should contact True Local Electricians for an 24/7 emergency electrical inspection. A burning smell can be cased from a faulty appliance, faulty circuit breakers, loose wires, hot joints, overloaded and old wires.
When Does My Electrical Equipment Need An Upgrade?
How Long Will It Take For An Emergency Electrician To Arrive At My Sutherland Shire House?
Why Are My Lights Flickering?
What Is The Difference Between A Fuse Box And Safety Box?
How Much Does Upgrading a Switchboard Cost?
Many factors come into play when upgrading your Sutherland Shire house’s switchboard. The type of dwelling you have – apartment or house, how many circuits are in your old switchboard, is your installation single phase or 3 phase supply, are the fuses mounted on the asbestos black panel and will your service meters or fuses need to be disconnected. All these factors will have a part to play in the cost of your switchboard upgrade. A switchboard upgrade in a Sutherland Shire apartment will cost less than a house as it’s smaller and will require less power. The more circuits you have, the higher the cost will be, more circuits more RCBOs. How many service fuses do you have, 3 phase or 1 phase and you guessed it 3 phase will cost more. Removing the old asbestos panels will increase the cost as well as removing any metering or service fuses.
Is It Time to Repair My Fuse Box?
If your home was constructed more than 40yrs ago you will most likely have obsolete ceramic fuses in your fuse box. Your home is not complaint with modern day standards AS3000 and will require replacement to avoid the risk of electric shock and fire.
Is It Illegal Not to Have a Switch for Safety?
In NSW, all new buildings are expected to have safety switches mounted, and switches must be added if extensions or modifications are done to an existing building. Rental properties in QLD and VIC must have Safety Switches mounted, and in NSW it is strongly recommended to do so. In some States and Territories, they are a prerequisite before selling or leasing a house.
Regardless of the state, when any electrical work is performed on a premise and load on a circuit is altered, a safety switch must be installed. Always seek a professional opinion from your electrician prior to repairs or extensions.
Fully Qualified and Insured – Call Out Electrician
True Local Electricians are your local electricians offering rapid emergency electrician services to residents in the Sutherland Shire. With over 15 years of service to the local community we are your reliable, affordable and trustworthy electrician for all your home and business needs. Electrical issues can occur unexpectedly – if you are a Sutherland Shire business it can have the potential to impact your customers. True Local Electricians fully stocked vans waiting at our Cronulla head office in The Sutherland Shire and ready to help you.
Our team are fully qualified electricians with many years of experience. We offer service to all types of electrical services and can rapidly respond to your emergency. We cater for all electrical services from switchboard upgrades, house re-wires, installing power points, fault finding, home renovations LED lighting upgrades and Level 2 electrician services to your Sutherland Shire home. If you are a Sutherland Shire business having electrical problems, our Sutherland Shire emergency electricians are waiting to assist and have your business up running again quickly. You cant ignore your safety, the safety of your customers, or that of your family. Call our local emergency electrician.
Emergency Electrician Power Outages
Electrical outages, Power failures, short-circuits, and electrical emergencies often occur at the most inconvenient times possible and can have you searching for a “24 hour emergency electrician near me”. We are available to assist you whether its during business hours or on weekends when you need an experienced and timely local emergency electrician to restore your power. We service all areas across the Sutherland Shire including Caringbah, Wooloware, Taren Point, Sylvania, Burraneer, Gymea, Doolans Bay, Cronulla, Kareela, Como, Sutherland, Loftus, Green Hills Beach, Port Hacking, Kirrawee, Miranda, Bonnet Bay.
Common Sutherland Shire Electrical Emergencies
After 15 years of experience in The Sutherland Shire we have come across all residential electrical emergencies and commercial building electrical emergencies. Common electrical hazards and power failures we see are:
- Switchboard Power Outages
- Overloaded power points and sparking sockets
- Blown fuses, burning smells and consumer main faults
- Power surges from storms & lightning strikes to faulty wiring
- Upgrades and repairs to your switchboard
- Tripped circuit breakers & tripping safety switches
- Electrical cable which is damaged, corroded, loose, chewed by pets or burned
- Hot water repairs and installations including thermostats & elements
- Beeping smoke alarms, faulty light switches and any other emergency repairs
Request a Call Back
Fill-in your details below and we will get back to you within 30 minutes or less!