Do you know how to tell if your consumer unit is up to the latest wiring regulations? Why not read our quick helpful guide below. 
 

Keeping up to date with your consumer unit? 

Do you know what to look for? 

Everyone knows that they have a consumer unit at their home & that it gives power throughout the house but very few know how important consumer units are. Consumer units distribute the electricity coming into the property in a safe & controlled manor. They are designed to protect the properties circuits & the people inside using the circuits on a daily basis. 
 
Older consumer units have very little protection for circuits & people. They serve a basic purpose of protection but in today's world its not enough to save lives when things go wrong.  
 
So how do you know what the difference is between a consumer unit that is within the current wiring regulations & not within them. Below is a small simplified list of things to check to ensure that your consumer unit is to the latest 18th edition wiring regulations. 
 
Metal enclosure - latest regulations state that the enclosure has to be metal type, if it is plastic you should consider upgrading as plastic is easily combustable.  
Circuits constantly tripping - if you consistantly have issues with having to reset/ change fuses its possible that you need to upgrade to a new version consumer unit. 
No RCD/ RCBO protection - If your consumer unit has no RCD/ RCBO protection then you will need to either upgrade the whole unit or if your unit can take upgradable parts then just change out certain parts.  
Cartridge fuses - if your consumer unit has cartridge fuses you need to upgrade, it is just not good enough protection.  
By upgrading to a new consumer unit you will be able to sleep better at night knowing your family is safe. Having the latest protection is critical, RCBO's & RCD's are instrumental to homes. Under fault conditions they cut the power so you are protected. The old consumer units do not have protection like this & when untouched for years can also lead to electrical fires. 
 
This occurs when consumer units are not serviced for years, the terminals inside get loose over time & then cause electrical arc. Then fire happens, to prevent this we suggest you have an electrician attend every 5 years to inspect, tighten & test all circuits so your home is safe. This is called an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition report). You service & MOT your car every year to make sure your safe so why not do the same in your home with the electrics & gas. 
Electricity is dangerous so please do not attempt to do the works yourself, always seek an approved electrician to carry out the works. You can see water leaking, you can smell gas but you cannot see or smell electricity.  
 
At N.V.White Limited we can provide simple & effective solutions for upgrading consumer units with keeping cost in mind. We can also offer EICR's at competative prices so you have peace of mind knowing your home electrics are in safe hands. 
If you are still unsure about if your consumer unit requires upgrading to the latest regulations why not get in touch, we are happy to help.  

Keeping up to date with your consumer unit? 

Do you know what to look for? 

Everyone knows that they have a consumer unit at their home & that it gives power throughout the house but very few know how important consumer units are. Consumer units distribute the electricity coming into the property in a safe & controlled manor. They are designed to protect the properties circuits & the people inside using the circuits on a daily basis. 
 
Older consumer units have very little protection for circuits & people. They serve a basic purpose of protection but in today's world its not enough to save lives when things go wrong.  
 
So how do you know what the difference is between a consumer unit that is within the current wiring regulations & not within them. Below is a small simplified list of things to check to ensure that your consumer unit is to the latest 18th edition wiring regulations. 
 
Metal enclosure - latest regulations state that the enclosure has to be metal type, if it is plastic you should consider upgrading as plastic is easily combustable.  
Circuits constantly tripping - if you consistantly have issues with having to reset/ change fuses its possible that you need to upgrade to a new version consumer unit. 
No RCD/ RCBO protection - If your consumer unit has no RCD/ RCBO protection then you will need to either upgrade the whole unit or if your unit can take upgradable parts then just change out certain parts.  
Cartridge fuses - if your consumer unit has cartridge fuses you need to upgrade, it is just not good enough protection.  
By upgrading to a new consumer unit you will be able to sleep better at night knowing your family is safe. Having the latest protection is critical, RCBO's & RCD's are instrumental to homes. Under fault conditions they cut the power so you are protected. The old consumer units do not have protection like this & when untouched for years can also lead to electrical fires. 
 
This occurs when consumer units are not serviced for years, the terminals inside get loose over time & then cause electrical arc. Then fire happens, to prevent this we suggest you have an electrician attend every 5 years to inspect, tighten & test all circuits so your home is safe. This is called an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition report). You service & MOT your car every year to make sure your safe so why not do the same in your home with the electrics & gas. 
Electricity is dangerous so please do not attempt to do the works yourself, always seek an approved electrician to carry out the works. You can see water leaking, you can smell gas but you cannot see or smell electricity.  
 
At N.V.White Limited we can provide simple & effective solutions for upgrading consumer units with keeping cost in mind. We can also offer EICR's at competative prices so you have peace of mind knowing your home electrics are in safe hands. 
If you are still unsure about if your consumer unit requires upgrading to the latest regulations why not get in touch, we are happy to help.  
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