Cost to Replace a Fuse Box or Consumer Unit
Typical prices quoted for fitting new consumer unit
If you are looking to replace a fuse box and want to know how much it should cost and what would be a fair price for an electrician. Then we can help as we have gathered fuse box/consumer unit replacement quotes from several electricians around the UK to find the average cost of a new fuse box. The quotes displayed are based on real prices collected from real companies and local tradespeople, so you can use them to budget for repairs and to avoid being overcharged.
Average Cost Of Replacing A Fuse Box Or Consumer Unit
Things To Consider With Consumer Units
The electrician will test the earth/bonding for the property before any work. If any issues are identified then the work will be postponed until it’s fixed. The existing wiring will also need testing after the installation of the consumer unit. This electrical testing is the most important part of the entire installation and one of the main reasons why even though replacing a consumer unit seems like an easy job, the testing involved is complex and potentially life-saving and can also prevent nuisance issues such as frequent tripping of breakers.
The Part “P” regulations are very strict with consumer units so it’s essential that the electrician adheres to the rules 100% and issues certificates of both the electrical installation and Part “P” compliance after completion. A good electrician will identify RCDs that are overly sensitive and separate the circuits to prevent any issues.
The actual price for your installation could be more expensive if the electrician finds that the existing wiring isn’t quite long enough to reach inside the new consumer unit, this will obviously involve more work so a bigger bill. Sometimes there are problems which are not immediately obvious and it’s only when the unit is being installed that problems can arise and additional work is required.
Doing It Yourself
The DIY section for installing or replacing consumer units is pretty short – you should never attempt to do this work as a DIY project! All cables and connections to the consumer unit must be checked and tested by a qualified electricians only. Do not attempt to install or replace a consume runit unless you are you are qualified to Part P regulation standards.
Consumer unit checklist
- The technical term for a fusebox is a consumer unit
- A new consumer unit may also need new wiring in older properties
- Only qualified electricians should replace consumer units
- You will need full Electrical Installation Condition Report (E.I.C.R.) before getting a new fusebox
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Submitted by Emma
I NEED A NEW ELECTRIC COOKER TO BE CONNECTED PLEASE. I WORK FULLTIME AND SHOP CANNOT COMPLETE JOB AFTER 5PM OR WEEKENDS WHICH IS WHAT I NEED.
Submitted by Sue
The plug socket works sometimes then it doesn't work other times. When it's working it makes a crackle/fizzle sound. When it doesn't work it affects the plug next to it. It makes a plug nearby not work. Might put on a new socket. But sounds like somethings short circuit/ wiring.
Submitted by Ciaran
Cooker main socket not working. Thanks.
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Need 2-3 new plug sockets fitted in room. Thanks.