There are several reasons you would want your mains power upgraded, including the installation of ducted air conditioning, the use of large equipment such as printing presses or high-end audiovisual equipment, the addition of a new block or wing to a building or the renovation of an older building. If you live in older style home and you’re looking to renovate, it will mean changes to your electrical work and a mains power upgrade. That’s where the team at CM Electrical can help you out. We specialize in residential mains upgrades and will ensure to provide a safe, consistent and adequate power source for your changing electrical needs.
What is the main power upgrade?
A mains power upgrade is the upgrade of cables between your switchboard/meter box and point of supply – either power pole or underground green box usually located on the street. This upgrade allows customers to safely use more power for large draw items including air conditioning, pools, solar, spas etc.
When is an upgrade required?
Upgrades are required when the maximum demand exceeds the current rating of existing consumer mains, particularly in older houses. At the time they were built, they were not designed to accommodate multiple air conditioner units, solar equipment or luxury items such as pools and spas.
Other examples for multi-phase upgrades could be for granny flat layouts, large sheds and power requirements for specific equipment. Large single-phase equipment may require an upgrade of single-phase power as to not overload existing consumer mains. Some equipment may require 3-phase power to operate.
What do you need to do for the upgrade?
· If power is to be upgraded to either 2 or 3-phase, both Energex and your retailer will need to be notified.
· A check for availability will also need to be done before work commences.
· We, as the electrical contractor, perform the work for the upgrade, however, all meters and final connections are done by Energex.
What do we use for the mains upgrade at CM Electric?
At CM Electrical, we use Clipsal meter boxes and switchgear (safety switches).
· Clipsal safety switches are double pole switched.
· Nearly all appliances now require double pole switching for warranty claims.
· Having these installed at the switchboard at the very start of the circuit keeps all appliances and future appliances covered.
A mains power upgrade will provide you with a consistent, reliable and quantifiable power source. Any mains power upgrade should be installed by a qualified electrician, as it is illegal in Brisbane and the whole of Queensland for anyone else to carry out electrical work of this nature. Not only is it dangerous, but because it is illegal you risk voiding your insurance and making the premises harder to sell. If you have high drain devices or sensitive electrical equipment that you want to protect then you should get a mains power upgrade installed to ensure you have all the power you want, and no more. There is no point in risking your expensive equipment or having to work with underpowered gear, so get in touch with us and we will come and ensure that your power supply is adequate and safe.