A consumer unit, otherwise referred to as a fuse board acts as the control centre for a properties electrical system. Different consumer units can be used for different applications depending on the property type and size. A consumer unit usually acts as a first point of contact for querying electrical faults within a home, and its interface reflects this. With most consumer units you will expect to see a mains switch, RCD and switches for circuit breakers corresponding to different parts of the property.
Consumer units can differ depending on the type of property. Units present in commercial properties must consider different use scenarios in addition to safety. Residential/domestic properties require a different set of requirements to detect and remedy faults.
While most faults cannot be diagnosed easily, there are a few important things we can look out for with our consumer units to ensure their safety:
- The physical condition of the unit is important, if you see any cracking, hear any arcing sounds, or can smell burning you should call a certified electrician to inspect the fuse box immediately.
- If the power in your home is tripping repeatedly, this can often be a sign that an inspection is warranted
- Periodic inspections of electrical installations should be carried out every 10 years, or every 5 years if a rental property. If your unit has not been inspected for a long period of time, for peace of mind it is best to enquire about an EICR with us.