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Consumer Unit Upgrades

Electrical safety is paramount for homeowners, renters, and property owners. The consumer unit, often referred to as the fuse box or distribution board, plays a pivotal role in managing and distributing electrical power in a property. Upgrading the consumer unit can substantially enhance electrical safety, ensuring compliance with modern regulations and standards. A crucial aspect of this upgrade is the installation of Residual Current Devices (RCDs) on all domestic circuits, which is now a mandatory requirement in many regions.

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Understanding the Consumer Unit

The consumer unit serves as the heart of an electrical system, receiving power from the main supply and distributing it to various circuits and outlets within a property. Its core function is to safeguard against electrical overload and mitigate the risk of fires or electrical accidents using circuit breakers or fuses.

Importance of Upgrading

Upgrading the consumer unit is a proactive measure that significantly improves electrical safety for various reasons:

  • Compliance with Regulations
    Many countries now mandate the installation of RCDs on all domestic circuits, making compliance with these regulations essential to avoid legal repercussions and prioritise safety. In the UK, RCDs are only required by law in new builds, or when conducting a rewire – however it makes sense to…

  • Enhanced Protection
    Modern consumer units come equipped with advanced safety features, including circuit breakers, surge protection devices, and crucially, RCDs, which can detect and respond promptly to electrical faults, minimising accidents.

  • Improved Reliability
    Older consumer units may deteriorate over time due to wear and tear, corrosion, or ageing components. Upgrading to a newer unit enhances reliability and reduces maintenance requirements.

  • Accommodating Increased Demands
    As homes become filled with electronic devices and appliances, the demand for electrical power has surged. Older consumer units may struggle to cope, leading to overloads and potential hazards. Upgrading the unit allows for better power distribution, preventing such issues.

The Role of Residual Current Devices (RCDs)

Residual Current Devices (RCDs) are integral to modern consumer units, serving as essential safety components for all domestic circuits. They are highly sensitive devices that can detect even minor imbalances in current flow. They rapidly disconnect the power supply when imbalances occur, preventing electric shocks that can be fatal or cause severe injuries. Electrical faults, such as short circuits, can lead to fires. RCDs are effective in detecting these faults and promptly cutting off power, reducing the risk of electrical fires.


Upgrading the consumer unit and installing RCDs on all domestic circuits are essential steps in enhancing electrical safety within a property. By doing so, homeowners and property owners not only comply with modern regulations but also significantly reduce the risk of electrical accidents, including electric shocks and fires. The benefits of a consumer unit upgrade extend beyond compliance; they encompass improved protection, reliability, and accommodation of increased electrical demands. In an era where electronic devices are ubiquitous, prioritising electrical safety through consumer unit upgrades and RCD protection is an investment that safeguards both property and lives.

We operate in Stamford and the surrounding areas and will be more than happy to provide you with a quote for your consumer unit upgrades. Simply give us a call on 01780 238 445

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