3 Reasons it May Be Time to Upgrade or Replace Electrical Switchboards
Electrical switchboards are a common fixture in both residential and commercial premises. Switchboards used in the commercial setting are often more advanced than those used around the house due to the increased demand for electrical power in the commercial setting.
Unfortunately, there is no way to completely avoid replacing commercial electrical switchboards. However, regular switchboard maintenance by qualified commercial electricians will help to delay the need for replacement. Below are several situations that may create the need for an electrical switchboard upgrade or for replacement.
The Switchboards Are Considerably Old
For a large number of older commercial buildings, the right time to replace or upgrade electric switchboards would be immediately. This is because many of such buildings date back to years when there were fewer and less powerful electrical appliances used in the commercial setting. Switchboards designed for use during these years cannot meet the increased power distribution demands of modern commercial entities.
As a guiding principle, any electrical switchboard that uses ceramic fuses is living on borrowed time. In modern electrical switchboards, the ceramic fuse is replaced with a safety switch or an automatic circuit breaker, both of which comply with modern safety standards. The use of safety switches reduces the risk of electrical shock to switchboard operators. The risk of fire outbreak is also not as prevalent with the use of safety switches or automatic breakers.
You're Installing New Commercial Electrical Appliances
A commercial entity that seeks to introduce the use of new high-power electrical equipment in its premises must be sufficiently prepared to invest in an electrical switchboard upgrade. For example, a business entity looking to reap the benefits of solar energy would need to upgrade existing switchboards. Doing so will help to accommodate the increased demand for electricity that will be occasioned by solar panel installation. Alternatively, the business entity can invest in new additional switchboards for the new equipment.
Recurring Electrical Defects
Electrical switchboards often give signs that they're almost at the finish line. Common problems associated with defective switchboards include repetitive tripping of power and ever-flickering lights around the premises. Tripping of power is the switchboard's way of saying that it has been overloaded. If this occurs time and time again, it means that the power demands on the switchboard have increased and there is need for an upgrade or for replacement.
For a professional second opinion, contact local electricians or contractors to learn more.