Switchboard Upgrades


A number of old homes in the Hunter region retain their original, antiquated electrical switchboards featuring porcelain fuses. These outdated switchboards fall short of compliance with Australian Standards (AS3000), posing potential hazards. While fuses are intended as safety components, the presence of aged or defective fuses increases the risk of electrical malfunctions and the initiation of fires. Therefore, it is imperative to consider upgrading these obsolete electrical systems to ensure both compliance with safety standards and the well-being of the occupants.

With a team of licensed and seasoned professionals, we possess a comprehensive understanding of the diverse electrical requirements of residences, whether they be vintage or modern homes, throughout the Hunter region. Recognising the importance of providing cost-effective solutions, we are committed to delivering optimal value for your investment. Our approach prioritises recommending upgrades over replacements, emphasising efficiency and affordability.

Our specialisation lies in the realm of electrical safety, with a specific focus on ensuring that any switchboard upgrades align with and adhere to the stringent Australian safety standards. Whether your home requires an overhaul of its electrical infrastructure or a strategic upgrade to enhance safety measures, our experienced team is dedicated to delivering solutions that not only meet but exceed industry benchmarks. Your satisfaction and safety are our foremost priorities, and we strive to tailor our services to address the unique electrical needs of your home.

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How Do I Know When It's Time To Upgrade My Electrical Switchboard

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What Choices Do I Have When Considering An Upgrade For My Electrical Switchboard?

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Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Edgar at 0411 274 694, or alternatively, you can leave your contact details in our form, and we’ll promptly respond to your message.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace an Electrical Switchboard?

The process of replacing a switchboard involves more than just removing the old unit and installing a new one. According to regulations, licensed electricians are obligated to verify that your electrical system complies with Australian standards (AS3000) when conducting a switchboard replacement. In certain instances, additional modifications may be necessary to meet these standards. Consequently, the costs associated with replacing existing electrical switchboards can vary based on the specific requirements for compliance. As a guide:

  • To replace a switchboard and fuse box alone might cost between $800 – $2000.
  • If other cabling, circuits and power are needed the bill could increase up to $3000.

To accurately determine the necessary actions, it is essential to have an electrician assess the situation and provide a quotation. Edelect Electrical, a family-operated business led by Edgar, ensures that someone is available to answer your calls and provide guidance at our East Maitland, Newcastle office.

Give us a call now on 0411 274 694 for a free quote.

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Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Edgar at 0411 274 694, or alternatively, you can leave your contact details in our form, and we’ll promptly respond to your message.

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    Switchboard Upgrades FAQs

    Switchboards distribute electricity downstream within the electrical system. There are two categories of switchboards: those that supply power directly to substantial loads and those that furnish power to panelboards, which then distribute it to cater to smaller loads.

    Enhancing your existing switchboard to handle increased electrical current or greater electrical demand is commonly known as a switchboard upgrade.

    Consider replacing a switchboard if it surpasses 25 years in age. To determine the age of your current switchboard, check for the installation date on the main switchboard panel. If the installation date is absent, indicating an outdated switchboard, replacement is recommended. Warning signs for a necessary upgrade include instances of electric shock and frequent light flickering. If inserting a plug into a power outlet results in an electric shock, it’s likely time for a switchboard replacement. Similarly, persistent light flickering may indicate loose bulbs or damaged wiring within the switchboard.

    The duration of a switchboard upgrade can extend to eight hours or more, depending on the age of the switchboard and the urgency of any issues that need to be addressed.

    Panelboards typically accommodate an incoming current of up to 1200 A and are commonly either flush-mounted or surface-mounted. Similar to panelboards, switchboards necessitate front access; however, switchboards can offer access from both the front and the back if required, and they are standalone units.

    The meter box, situated by the front door of your house, contains the switchboard, main switch, fuse box, and safety switches, all enclosed within a large box.

    Typically, the cost of upgrading an electrical switchboard in Newcastle falls within the range of $800 to $2000.