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Fuse box replacement London | RCD installers | electrical consumer unit installers

A fuse box is the old fashioned term for it, it's now called a consumer unit. It's also sometimes called an RCD or Residual Current Device. Whatever term you like to use, it's an essential system and every home needs one. Multi-trade install RCD units into homes all over London. North London, East London, Central, West and South London. Call us for a free quote on 020 8798 9250.

Replacing old fuses boxes

If you have an old fusebox, it doesn't neccessarily mean that it is unsafe - they will comply with the reglations stipulated at their time of installation. It may very well continue to supply your electricity needs. However, the modern home has a lot more elctrical devices - microwaves, ceramic hobs, computers and even large capacity electric showers. An overload on an old fuseboard with a 5 amp fuse means that you can get a big bang, a nasty or even fatal shock or a fire when you get a fault.

The latest fuse boards and consumer units contain RCD protection devices which turn off or trip the supply on a detected earth fault at 30 milliamps in milli-secounds. This reduces the chance of fatal shock to very, very low odds.

So, I should replace it then?

Not, neccessarily. But you'll really need a qualified electrican to make that assessment for you. A fuse board does not need to be replaced due to its age, only if the installation undergoes an electrical inspection and test, and is found to be none compliant with the minimum requirements of British Standards. Only at that point will it need replacing.

How much does it cost to replace a fuseboard?

To install and test a fuseboard, RCD unit or consumer unit will take an electrician around 3 to 4 hours. The unit (the fuseboard) itself costs anywhere from 65 to 120, which brings the cost to between 360 and 500 including VAT. That's the cost in London, of course!

Things to know...

...when installing a new consumer unit. The local council needs to be notified when you install or replace one of these devices. You can notify them yourself but you will be charged for informing them. No surprises there, then. However, a professionally registered electrician (i.e. a Multi-trade electrician) can do this on your behalf and we don't charge for that. Using us to deal with the legal aspects will ensure that your notification is carried out properly.

Signing the certificate

Electrical installation certificate

The circuits installed into a consumer unit need to be inspected and tested properly. This ensures that your home is safe. An electrical installation certificate (BS7671) must be issued by the installer the device to stipulate that it has been installed correctly and safely.

Testing the RCD consumer unit

NICEICE and NAPIT electricians

Multi-trade will only ever send you a NICEIC or NAPIT registered and approved electrician. This means that we legally determined as competent to install consumer units, inspect and test the circuits of installation, issue the relevant certificates on completion of the work and notify the council or alternative local authority on your behalf.

RCD Fuse box

Open and honest pricing

We pride ourselves on our open and honest pricing - there are no hidden charges and we even charge in 15 minute intervals after the first hour - beat that! Take a look at our pricing list for a guide on how much you can expect to pay. For larger jobs such as full house re-wires and central heating system installations we can provide you with a fixed price and what's more, the quotation is free!

Hourly rate pricing

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 Border
Electrical servicesElectrical services £90.00 per hour £120 per hour
Plumbing servicesPlumbing services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour
Gas servicesGas services £80.00 per hour £100 per hour

NIC/EIC Electrical Inspections

Border Property Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
1 bedroom flat1 Bedroom Flat £180.00 £230.00
2 bedroom flat2 Bedroom Flat £200.00 £250.00
3 bedroom flat3 Bedroom Flat £220.00 £270.00
1 to 3 bedroom house1 to 3 Bedroom House £240.00 £290.00
4 bedroom house4 Bedroom House £260.00 £310.00
5 bedroom house5 Bedroom House £300.00 £350.00

Visual electrical inspection (for homebuyers etc...)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesVisual electrical inspection £100.00 £150.00

Landlord's pack (includes Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR, plus a Gas Safety Report - these documents are usually required by landlords who rent their properties out)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack (upto 3 bedrooms) £250.00 £300.00
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack per bedroom £50.00 £75.00

Points to note:

  • All prices exclude VAT
  • Hourly rate charges are billed in 15 minute intervals with a minimum charge of one hour
  • All prices exclude congestion & parking charges (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided)
  • All prices exclude costs for materials which will be charged at list price + 30%
  • The final charge will include reasonable time to obtain parts if the jobs is to be completed on the same day
  • Alternatively, a fixed price of £30 can be applied for collection and delivery on an alternative day
  • Gas or safety certificates cannot be issued until payment is made in full
  • Quotations are free of charge as long as you let us know of your decision within 14 days of issue. If you do not inform us of your decision, an administration charge of £25.00 will be levied. You can inform us of your decision using the link in the quotation e-mail or Call us on 020 8798 9250 quoting your reference number

TestimonialI would like to pass on my thanks for the wonderful job Matthew and his team did for me. They have left my house looking tidier than before they started! It's much appreciated.

Melanie Batts, London

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Sarah Keaton, London

TestimonialI will be passing your details on to all of my friends. You've done a fantastic job with the electrics. Peter was very patient, much better than the last electrician who spent five minutes switching the lights on and off and then suggested a full rewire. The light switches now correspond with the correct lights and we've got rid of the crazy disco lights that we had when we moved in. I'm really pleased.

Gina Anderson, London

TestimonialA very professional service. Had the quote in 2 days and the work started 1 week later. It was finished exactly on time and to a high standard. The site was kept tidy throughout and clean at the end of the project. I would be happy to use your services again.

Chris Nesbit, London

The Multi-trade difference

There are plenty of companies out there competing for your business - and you need to make sure you're armed with all the facts before you make a decision about which one to choose. Here are a few things to check before you decide - we're confident that if you're looking for great service you'll choose Multi-Trade!

  • Does the company or tradesperson you're considering offer free quotations?
  • Do they offer an open and honest pricing structure with no hidden costs?
  • Are their engineers certified to IEE 17th edition electrical standards as a minimum?
  • Remember - it is a legal requirement when working with gas or electricity.
  • Do they have a contactable office, not just a mobile in case of any queries?
  • Does anyone answer the phone in the day?
  • Are their tradespeople honest, reliable, polite and vetted?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then give us a call - we can confidently answer 'yes' to all of these questions. Not sure? Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our previous customers think of our customer service!

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