Consumer Unit Changes in Market Harborough: What You Need to Know
If you’re a homeowner or business owner in Market Harborough, you may have heard about recent changes to the regulations with regard to consumer units. Consumer units are the electrical control centers of your property, responsible for distributing power to various circuits and protecting against electrical faults. The changes in question relate to the introduction of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations, which came into effect in January 2019.
So, what do these changes mean for you? Here are some key points to remember:
- All consumer units must now comply with the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations.
This means that any consumer unit installed or replaced since January 2019 must meet the updated safety standards set out in the regulations. These changes aim to improve safety and reduce the risk of electrical fires, which are a leading cause of property damage and injury.
- RCD protection is now required for all circuits in domestic properties.
An RCD (Residual Current Device) is a safety device that detects faults and switches off the power if a fault occurs. Previously, RCD protection was only required for certain circuits, such as those supplying outdoor sockets or bathroom appliances. According to the new regulations, all circuits in a domestic property must be protected by RCDs.
- Metal consumer units must be installed with a supplementary equipotential bonding connection.
This is a technical requirement that ensures all metal parts of the consumer unit and associated wiring are at the same electrical potential, reducing the risk of electric shock. This requirement applies to all metal consumer units, regardless of whether they are installed in a domestic or commercial property.
- It is recommended that you have your consumer unit checked by a qualified electrician.
If your consumer unit was installed before January 2019, it may not comply with the new regulations. Even if it does, it’s still an excellent idea to have it checked by a qualified electrician to ensure it functions safely and efficiently. This can help identify any potential issues before they become a hazard.
In conclusion, the changes to consumer units under the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations are a crucial development for electrical safety in Market Harborough. By ensuring that all consumer units meet the updated standards, we can reduce the risk of electrical fires and protect ourselves and our properties. If you’re unsure whether your consumer unit complies with the regulations, or if you have any other electrical concerns, contact a qualified electrician for advice. Contact Kibworth Electrical on 01858545958