Replacing Your Fuse Box
Although there are no real regulations in London governing fuse box replacements, upgrading to a more modern consumer unit is compulsory if you want to guarantee the safety of your tenants, or family. A consumer unit that doesn’t contain an RCD would most definitely need replacing, and it is pertinent to seek out the services of a professional and qualified electrician. A professional electrician would explain why an RCD is essential.
As mentioned earlier, it is a potential lifesaver, with the ability to detect small leakage currents, disconnect easily, and prevent electrocution and injuries. RCDs, are not present in fuse boxes older than 25 years, or fuse boxes made sometime in the twentieth century. If your fusebox falls in either category, it would need to be replaced.
Additionally, suppose you have constant flickering lights, unresponsive circuits or circuits that trip frequently, or dimming lights when appliances are on. In that case, this is a sure sign that you need to change your fuse box because and that it is obviously deteriorating.
Also if your fuse box contains asbestos flash guards, then it would need replacing, because asbestos fibres are harmful to the body when breathed in. It is in your best interest to call on a professional electrician to check out your fuse box if you notice any of the above.