Dean and the team at Direct Point Electrical are experts in their field when it comes to switchboard installations, repairs, upgrades and CT Metering installations.
We provide a range of services to ensure that your switchboard is running efficiently and safely. We will ensure that the power supplied by your switchboard is efficient for the size of your property and the electrical equipment it is providing power to.
Whether you are looking for switchboard repairs, upgrades or a new switchboard installation for your residential or commercial building you can be sure that Direct Point Electrical will provide you with the correct advice and expertise to get the job done right.
Get in touch with us today on 1300 317 328 for a site inspection and free quote on the recommended plan of action for your switchboard.
When building a new home its important to ensure that the switchboard you have installed is sufficient for the property and the electrical items that it will be supplying power for. The wrong type of power can lead to electrical problems, while the right option could actually help you save on your power bill. The type of switchboard that is appropriate for your property will depend on a few variables such as the size of the building, the type of electrical equipment being used, the consistency of use, pools and spas, and out buildings or additional sheds requiring power also.
It is best to plan for the future and allow for all future possibilities of the property.
If you are building a new home get in contact with Direct Point Electrical and we will provide a free consult for your switchboard, we will ascertain the needs of your property and provide qualified advice. Should you accept our quote we will help you through the process which includes submitting the required paperwork to the electricity distributor on your behalf.
Are you experiencing power outages in your home or business? Are your lights flickering? Does your switchboard have a burning smell or feel warm to touch?
If you notice any of the above it could mean that you have a faulty or overloaded switchboard. You could have faulty wires, faulty circuit breakers or general damage to your switchboard. This is a safety concern and can potentially lead to property damage or personal injury.
Older homes can have outdated electrical systems and the power distribution can be inefficient. Older homes may also not be compliant with the current safety switch (RCD) regulations. If your home was built more than 30 years ago, the wiring and switchboard should be inspected.
Outdated electrical systems have inefficient power distribution, especially when you start adding modern appliances to the load, causing problems and even hazards.
You may be considering building an extension, installing a swimming pool or you may find you are doing more business from home and using additional computer equipment or power tools in the garage. If your current switchboard is on the verge of being overloaded it is a good time to consider your options in regards to an upgrade.
Upgrading your switchboard is an investment in your home and in some circumstances your safety.
Luckily it can be very simple to upgrade your switchboard when you have an electrician with the right experience and expertise in the area.
If you would like to have your switchboard looked over by a qualified electrician get in touch with Direct Point Electrical today, we will provide you with a free inspection and consultation along with an obligation free quote.
Single phase v’s 3 phase
There are 2 main options to choose from when it comes to power:
- Single phase power – Single phase power has two wires, one active and one neutral. The power supplied is around 240 volts, it is appropriate for smaller homes and businesses where there is not a large demand for power for electrical appliances and lighting.A lot of older homes in suburban Melbourne and around Victoria used single phase power, it was standard to install single phase as it was sufficient for the electrical load. Single phase is efficient for smaller homes such as units, or households where the main electrical load is from hair dryers, smaller heaters and air conditioners. Where there will not be a higher number of people residing in the house.
- 3 Phase power – 3 Phase power has four wires, three actives and one neutral. The power supplied is 240 volts and up to 415 volts (it is triple that of single phase). Three phase is used in all commercial buildings. It is also used in residential buildings for larger family homes, farm properties, homes with pools or outbuildings, or where the electrical load is expected to be above what would be used in a standard dwelling such as smart homes, large heating or air conditioning units. It should also be considered if there will be a higher number of people residing in the house requiring consistent energy to run multiple electrical items with higher loads at the same time. 3 phase power is a more reliable and consistent performer compared to single phase.
How to check which type of power you have
If you go to the switchboard you will see there is a ‘normal supply main switch’ or a ‘main switch’. If the switch looks like three switches combined into one and is wider than 3cm, then you have 3 phase power.
If the mains power switch is slim and is one single switch, you have single-phase power.
Direct Point Electrical are your local switchboard experts. Get in touch with us today and we will provide you with a free switchboard consultation, ensuring your property is running safely and efficiently.
Get in touch with us today on 1300 317 328 for a free consultation or quote. We look forward to hearing from you.