Safety First

Power boards that are overloaded or running hot can be a fire danger, so it’s best we always give them a quick review. When we are onsite for either electrical work or the installation of new equipment, we will always check your board and let you know if it’s time to upgrade your electrical board if there are components or materials which are not quite right and a potential risk. Our professional technicians need to assess your circuit before determining your upgrade costs, but typical switchboard upgrade costs start from $600.


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Regular Checks & Switchboard Upgrades Keep You Safe

Things we look for include system faults (flickering lights, appliances turning off), no safety switches protecting the end user, if your system still has fuses, or if you have any hot joints. If so, switchboard upgrades are a Coalfields specialty, so you’re in safe hands. 

We can also check things over if you are upgrading any of your appliances like solar, installing a pool or increased lighting.

Switchboard Upgrade Costs

Replacing your power board in a residential property usually doesn’t exceed $1000, including installation. If your board is over 30 years old, it’s worth getting regular checks to ensure its safety and that it’s not overloaded. We often discover hotspots that could be putting your family at risk. In a commercial setting, the power loads you require will vary depending on the nature of the industry you’re in. If you’re running energy hungry equipment, you’ll need a more robust electrical board that can also handle your business growth, assuming you’ll need to draw more load in the future. We custom quote commercial boards to ensure accuracy.


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Need To Know's About Upgrading A Switchboard

Electrical boards are sometimes called a fuse box, metre box, electrical box, breaker box or switch board.
The price of a upgrading your switchboard is dependent on its size and capacity. You can expect to pay between $700 to $1500 in Australia for the entire upgrade including installation.
If fuses or circuit breakers continually trip, this indicates a fault in the home and a power board upgrade could be required.
If you're considering installing a grid-connected solar power system you will need a compatible board with space for circuit breakers for solar.
Old or outdated switchboards are a fire hazard. For any home older than 10 years old, you should have your switchboard checked annually by a suitably qualified electrician to ensure safety. Switchboard upgrade costs are usually sub $1000 in cost.
Switchboard upgrades involve replacing any ceramic fuses for modern, safe circuit breakers and RCDs. This gives you a tidy and safe box along with tidying of the cables behind your panel.

FAQ's About Upgrading Electrical Power Boards

  • What is a powerboard upgrade?

    A powerboard upgrade refers to the process of improving the electrical distribution system of a building, usually by replacing the existing powerboard with a new one that has better features and capabilities.

  • Why is a powerboard upgrade necessary?

    A powerboard upgrade may be necessary for several reasons such as adding new electrical appliances, improving the safety of the electrical system, increasing the amount of power available, or upgrading to comply with local building codes and regulations.

  • What are the different types of switchboards?

    There are several types of electrical boards/switch boards/ powerboard. This includes circuit breaker powerboards, safety switch powerboards, and residual current device (RCD) powerboards.

  • How much does a powerboard upgrade cost?

    The cost of a powerboard upgrade varies depending on the size of the building, the type of powerboard being installed, and the cost of labor. On average, a powerboard upgrade can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

  • Who can perform a powerboard upgrade?

    A powerboard upgrade must be performed by a licensed electrician with the necessary training and experience. It is illegal to perform electrical work if you are not licensed.

  • Is a switchboard upgrade a DIY project?

    No, a powerboard upgrade is not a DIY project and should not be attempted by anyone without proper training and experience. Electrical work can be dangerous and should only be performed by a licensed electrician.

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