Do you need to install a new consumer unit?

Here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical experts. And we work with businesses, clients and property developers across Preston and the surrounding region, to deliver high quality, effective electrical solutions. And this includes fitting new consumer units. Especially for student accommodation, and homes with multiple occupancy. So do you need to install a new consumer unit? And what should you do about it if you do?

What is a consumer unit?

First of all, what is a consumer unit? Well, a consumer unit is useful for controlling the electrical functions in your property. If an appliance trips your electricity, you can head to the consumer unit, and turn the right switch back on, after unplugging the offending appliance. This happens because consumer units are incredibly safe. And the circuit board, and RCD switches are intelligent enough to detect a problem, or an issue, before you do! This could save the life of your tenants.

So, when do you need to install a new consumer unit?

So, how can you tell if you need a new consumer unit? What are the signs? Well, here are the top reasons for installing a new consumer unit:

  • Outdated system- if you have an old fashioned consumer unit, that is out of date, you might want to think about replacing it. Not only could your old unit be faulty or failing, but it also might not be up to code. This means that if you are a Landlord, or a student accommodation provider, you could be breaking the law.
  • Faults- if you have recurring electrical faults in your property, you might think about your wiring. Faulty or old wiring, can be the culprit. And this will usually be wired into a old, outdated consumer unit. When replacing the wiring, it will be necessary to also update the consumer unit too.

For more information or advice about outdated consumer units, and what to do about them, get in touch with the professionals today, here at Walker Electrical.