|Install a new or additional consumer unit||£200||£400|
The consumer unit in your home is what most people still refer to as the fuse box (although it is a little different). It will sit under your stairs or high up on a wall in the hallway and you will only really think about it when there is a power cut or if an electrical appliance trips the supply. You will probably need a new or additional consumer unit if you have an old fuse box, which may be indicated by a wooden back board, iron switches or rubber-coated wiring.
Your electrician may discover this when they come to do other work or run a check on your electrical installation and wiring. The consumer unit is more sensitive than your old fuse box, so you may find that it trips more often than you are used to. But this makes the consumer unit (and therefore your electrics) safer and sturdier than your old fuse box when it comes to protecting your home.
You may need an additional consumer unit fitting if you have new circuits fitted in your home. This could be due to having more outlets fitted in a kitchen or even outside. It could also be down to an extension or a loft conversion.
The job can take around a day to complete and is complex, as it requires a good deal of testing as well as hooking the new unit up to the supply. This is definitely a job for an experienced professional and there is a legal obligation for the work to be informed to the local authority.Your Part-P registered electrician will do this for you.
Your electrician will usually buy a consumer unit for the job and bring it with them, but do check at the start of the job. The size of your home can effect the size and cost of unit that you need, but they are fairly standard pieces of equipment where there is not a vast cost variation.
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