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When and Why to Update Your Fuse Board

The fuse board, also known as the consumer unit, is the central point of your electrical system. It is responsible for controlling and distributing electricity throughout a building, protecting the electrical system from overloading and preventing electrical fires. Given the vital role the fuse board plays, it is crucial to consider updating your fuse board under certain circumstances. In this article, we will discuss the importance of updating your fuse board and how it can improve the safety and efficiency of your electrical system.


One of the most important functions of a fuse board is to protect your home from electrical fires. A modern fuse board is equipped with circuit breakers and RCDs (Residual Current Devices) that can detect and interrupt the flow of electricity in case of a fault. This can prevent overheating, sparks, and fires that could result from overloaded circuits or faulty appliances.

If your home has an outdated fuse board with fuses instead of circuit breakers, it may not provide adequate protection, and you should consider upgrading to a modern consumer unit.

Meeting Electrical Standards and Regulations

Electrical safety standards and regulations are constantly evolving to keep up with new technologies and safety risks. If your home has an old fuse board, it may not meet the latest safety standards, and this could be a potential hazard.

One of our qualified electricians can assess your fuse board and advise you on whether it needs to be updated to meet the current safety regulations.

Adding More Circuits

As you add more electrical appliances and devices to your home, you may need to add more circuits to distribute the electricity properly. An outdated fuse board may not have enough space or capacity to add new circuits. A modern consumer unit can provide more flexibility and capacity to add new circuits and meet your changing electrical needs.

Moving Your Fuse Board

Fuse boards are often in unsightly or awkward places. You may want to move your fuse board from the feature wall in your living room, or perhaps you're completing home improvements and your fuse board needs to be relocated due to the new layout or use of where it is currently situated.

Depending on the condition of your current fuse board you may be able to keep the same board and simply relocate it. Our team can confirm this on a site visit or you can submit a photo here and we'll be in touch shortly.

Our team of qualified electricians can consult on and complete the move of your fuse board to an accessible location and in line with building regulations.


Modern fuse boards are designed to be more efficient than their older counterparts. They are more responsive and can detect electrical faults more quickly, which means that any issues can be resolved before they become serious problems.

Additionally, they can help reduce energy consumption, which can lower your energy bills. For example, some modern fuse boards have timers that can automatically switch off appliances that are not in use, reducing energy wastage.


An outdated fuse board can be unreliable, leading to frequent power outages and interruptions. This can be frustrating and can disrupt your daily routine, affecting your productivity and quality of life.

Updating your fuse board can help improve the reliability of your electrical system, reducing the risk of power outages and ensuring that your appliances and devices work correctly.

Increased Property Value

Updating your fuse board can increase the value of your property. Potential buyers are more likely to be attracted to a home with a modern and efficient electrical system, and having a new fuse board can be a significant selling point. Additionally, it can make your property more attractive to insurers, who may offer lower premiums for homes with modern electrical systems.

How often should I change my fuse board?

We recommend that households update their fuse board every 10 years due to the factors outlined above. You can find out how old your fuse board is by looking at the periodic test label on your fuse board. If you're still not sure, you can send our team a photo on your fuse board here and we can advise you on the age and condition of your fuse board.

It's quick and easy to arrange your fuse board replacement with Optimum Electrics. Contact the team today.

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