Your home’s electrical system is made up of complex circuits and wiring that connects all your devices and fittings to the main switchboard.
The purpose of having a switchboard is to ensure that the power distribution works effectively and safely.
From the panel, different mini panels might be present to divide or distribute the power throughout a home, while wall-mounted switches serve as a power source to run electrical devices – like your lighting.
Whether you are planning to move to a new house or are looking to upgrade or improve an older electrical system, it’s important to have some basic knowledge of how your household wiring works.
However, we want to make it clear that we are not encouraging you to DIY any electrical work – ever. It’s illegal, and above all, it’s unsafe. For all electrical work, you must only use a licensed and qualified Melbourne electrician.
Need an emergency electrician to take a look at your switchboard?
Your switchboard does more than power your home, though. It can also immediately cease your electrical supply if it detects a faulty electrical item in your home. But what if your switchboard is failing?
If you’re concerned about your switchboard, call an emergency electrician for immediate support.
As we know, faulty electrical devices can lead to electrocution or fire, so it’s imperative you call for help at once. Call the Briggs Electrical team 24/7 on 1300 300 222.
Common causes and reasons of a faulty switchboard
Electricity is not visible, but its power can be felt, that’s why electricity is interchangeably used with the term ‘power.’
Even if you have installed surge protectors and circuit breakers, sometimes, faulty switchboards can go unnoticed.
In fact, the average homeowner probably doesn’t think about electricity except in two instances:
- When they receive their power bill, and
- When their power goes out!
If your electrical supply is constantly being interrupted, or if your lights and devices are tripping, it could be due to any of the following:
Old wiring design
Old and damaged wiring inside your home could be one reason why your switch panel fails.
Think about how many more electrical devices you have plugged in at home than you did when you were a kid. From larger televisions, computers, gaming consoles, to phones and laptops, technology has evolved tremendously.
And as such, old wiring in old homes can be outdated and can struggle to meet today’s modern electrical demands.
Overloading your switchboard
Related to the above point, simply overloading your powerboard places extreme strain on your entire system.
Your home’s circuit is designed to accommodate a certain electrical load from all types of devices and appliances.
It is vital to ensure that the system your equipment is connected to can bear the amount of power it needs to safely and effectively produce electricity.
If the system demands more power, it can lead to overloading, which can throw your switchboard into chaos. More often than not, power will shut down as the system struggles to meet the demand, however in certain circumstances, it can also trigger an electrical fire.
Periodic inspections of your premises by a licensed electrician will help safeguard your system and allows us to spot small issues or concerns before they magnify.
Be a smart consumer of electricity: get your switchboard checked yearly, and if you’ve got any gut feel, call a licensed electrician now!
When to fix your switchboard
A faulty switchboard is an urgent matter and requires the immediate attention of an emergency electrician.
Our electricians in Melbourne are specially trained to identify faults and provide repairs for all your switchboard concerns.
Accidents happen, and one of the biggest causes of domestic electrical accidents are due to homeowners simply not treating electricity with the respect and care it warrants.
Engaging a certified electrician to fix your switchboard or identify any issues is vital to the success of safely restoring your electrical system.
According to Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), doing your own electrical work is actually illegal. Their DIY=DIE campaign is a sobering reminder of the dangers of electricity, particularly when you think you can do it yourself.
Choose Briggs’ emergency electricians in Melbourne
Briggs Electrical & Data Solutions offers rapid-response, emergency electrical services across Melbourne.
Emergencies such as a faulty switchboard cannot wait until the next morning.
When we say “emergency electrician”, we mean it: call us anytime of the day and anytime of the year to speak to a licensed and qualified electrician.
We’ll also be working throughout the festive season, ensuring our emergency electrical service is available to homeowners no matter the day.
We know that many offices will be shutting down over the festive period, but on the other hand, homes all across Melbourne are getting ready to welcome friends and family to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
This influx of extra visitors (plus the heat!) can cause an additional strain on your home’s electrical system.
Light up your Christmas tree with confidence as you remember that we’ll be around when you need us!
Why choose Briggs?
Briggs Electrical has been working day and night for more than 15 years, delivering safe and effective solutions to commercial properties and commercial homes.
Our clients become loyal repeat customers as we turn up when we say we will, are courteous and friendly, and get the task done right the first time.
Our company serves customers all over Melbourne, and in additional to maintenance, are skilled in the following specialist tasks:
- Construction and electrical fit-outs
- National Broadband Network installation
- Data cabling
- Home security installation (alarm and CCTV)
In short, if it’s got a wire, we can help!
For further inquiries on switchboard replacement, repair, and other electrical services, reach out to our team and we’ll figure out solutions for your electrical and data needs.
Call Briggs 24-hour emergency electrician in Melbourne for urgent support and advice on 1300 300 222.