My circuit board is about 10 years old. Does it need replacing? Been told by a electrician it needs updating is this true to bring it up to date with new regulations?
Depending on the condition, but it is better to replace
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Not necessarily, if it has RCDs covering all circuits and is in good condition it is fine technically. However if you need electrical work carried out the electrician will need to confirm on the certificate that the box is compliant with fire safety this can be achieved by putting a metal enclosure over it but this may be more expensive than changing the box.
the regulations do change it doesn't mean everyone has to rush out and change
It's your choice to update it, as for your own safety its ideal you should update it, you not doing anything illegal but technology is changed and adding new gadgets everyday in your house may put strain on your old CU.
The new regulations require all new fitments of consumer units, require a metal casing. Hope this helps
No normally consumer units get changed every 25 years same time re-wire done.
If you want it to comply with current regulations then yes you do. But this is only necessary if you are having electrical work completed and they cannot RCD the work being completed.
Yes it's TRUE and it's for your own safety these box now are design to trip within mili seconds as not to cause any harm
According to BS7671 (Requirements For Electrical Installations) in a word no. However updating your board will improve the safety of your installation.
yep sounds like he is right. you at least need a 17 edition twin rcd board.
for protection and safety
If the fuse board is 10 years old it will be out of date regarding current regulations.
for safety an upgrade would always be recommended.
I must add that as much as it is always recommended no one can make you upgrade the fuse board as long as it is electrically and mechanically safe
Domestic dwelling by British Standards say that every 10 years the eletrical service, fuseboard and circuits should be tested and by then updated to bring to regulations standard to avoid any eletrical or mechanical failure.