Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit/Install a Fuse Box/Board/Consumer Unit
To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…
(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
How Much Does it Cost To Change a Fuse Board/Consumer Unit?
These prices are based on an electrician’s rate of £200 per day and a labourer if required at £100 per day. They include the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need.
(The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
You want a new unit in the same place as the old one. We will assume there are no faults to fix first and you don’t need an earthing upgrade.
This will take a nice leisurely day + the new box, cable etc.
Labour £200. materials £130
As above but with new earth bonding as well……£610.00
Insulated Consumer Unit Split Load £80-£150
A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Fitting and Installing a Fuse Box/Board (Consumer Unit)
Fuses blow for a reason and unless you first sort out whatever problems are causing the overloads, no amount of fancy switching will work. A “proper” electrician is duty bound to fix all these problems before he can change the box. This can easily cost you far more than fitting the box itself!
That aside, the very least he will suggest, will be upgrading the earthing system at the same time. This is also explained in our section on electrics. Go on...have a little peek!
What is RCD?
The new box will be a “splitter”. This means that certain circuits will now have “super protection”. This means that when little Johnny shoves a nail into a wall socket, the RCD (Residual Current Device - the fancy technology that makes this thing work) in the consumer unit will trip far faster than an old fuse ever did and Johnny will live to get his well deserved good hiding.
Usually the circuits serving your wall sockets are protected in this way and not the lights. This is because sockets can deliver the sort of shock that can kill you, whereas the lights, which require less power, will normally only make you jump about and swear a lot, if you get a shock. Also there are more things to go wrong with lighting circuits and as the RCD is very sensitive it could keep “tripping” the board all the time.
If you upgrade the earthing, you will certainly get more “trips”. In fact it’s possible that every time a light bulb blows, it’s circuit will “trip out”, or the whole box might shut off. This is because all the earths are now connected together. It can be a nuisance but better than being fried! Just change the bulb and push the offending toggle, “back up”.
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