Fully Wired Electrical: Do You Know When Your Electrical Switchboard Was Tested Last?

Do you know when your electrical switchboard was tested last? We share why it’s so important to ensure your switchboard is tested regularly.

Below is an excerpt from an insurance Policy regarding Electrical Wiring for the main switchboard

“Electrical Wiring”
– Electrical switchboards and/or wiring failures can be catastrophic and costly and often occur without warning, particularly in older properties. It is vital that the electrical wiring and switchboards are of a condition that minimise any potential risk to both property damage and/or personal injury


– This policy is issued on the condition that all switchboards and associated wiring within the insured property have undergone a physical safety inspection by a qualified and licensed electrical professional within the last 10 years and that any recommended repairs or upgrades have been attended to.

 

Having worked in the Strata industry for the last 15+ years we have seen all types of switchboards ranging from good to very poor condition. Every so often we attend emergency jobs where the switchboard has short circuited causing irreparable damage and requires replacement. This causes the premises to lose some or all power to the complex and is very costly to replace – ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 thousand dollars and up to 72 hours downtime. Often, a simple switchboard inspection coupled with a thermal imaging scan for a cost of less than $500 can protect your switchboard from catastrophic failure.

The majority of switchboards we come across that are pre year 2000 are non-compliant with the current Australian Standards. The switchboard inspection process will pick up these non-compliant items and provide the body corporate with the recommend and enforced electrical safety requirements. A typical inspection will look for the following:

  • Are the meters are mounted on non-compliant material?
  • Does the switchboard contain asbestos?
  • Is there safety switches on the power and light circuits?
  • Is there circuit and meter identification?
  • Is the main switch an isolator only? Does it require overload protection?
  • Is the earthing system compliant?
  • Is there is evidence of cable fusion or badly degraded cables?
  • Are the consumer mains overloaded?
  • What is the overall condition of the switchboard?
  • Is the switchboard damaged/dangerous?

 

The community switchboard is a critical piece of infrastructure yet is so often overlooked for regular inspection and maintenance. Regular testing is important to mitigate the risk of a costly disaster but more importantly, to improve/maintain the safety of a potentially dangerous electrical system.

Get in contact with your strata manager today and organise a simple switchboard inspection and thermal report, or speak directly with our electricians on 1300 38 55 99 and email info@fullywired.com.au.

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