What is a consumer unit?

A consumer unit has had many names over the years and is most commonly referred to as a fuse box. They are usually installed to provide control, distribution and protection to the various final circuits within the premises electrical system. It is therefore important to make sure that it is safe and working correctly to overall protect your premises electrical system.

There are many types of consumer units which can be found in premises across the UK. At IPF Electrical we have come across numerous styles and setups so we are well versed in them. Our teams are trained to work safely within your home when dealing with consumer units, therefore we can ensure best working practice when carrying out work.

What is Required in an Upgrade?

When it comes to upgrading the consumer unit the team at IPF electrical are well experienced to help out, we have vast experience in all makes, models and sizes of upgrades. We will look into how operational, safe and compliant the unit is and make a decision on what needs to be done.

Each MCB and RCD will need to be checked for its integrity and to ensure they are still working in a safe manor and are suitable for the circuit protection that’s required. Ensuring the consumer unit is safe and sound is crucial to keeping you and your premises safe.

If you feel that there is an issue with your consumer unit then please do not hesitate to contact us.

How much does it cost?

As with all our services we are very open with the costings when it comes to repairs, replacements or upgrades. Our fixed pricing structure allows us to show you costing before we start any work to ensure that it is all approved. From here, we can then make the necessary adjustments. Our open and honest way fo working removes the surprises you get when invoiced for our work. We also ensure we take before and after pictures so you can see our process and be reassured that we have done what we set out to achieve.


If your electrical installation is over a certain age, or you feel your consumer unit is no longer adequate or safe, do not hesitate to contact us. Our expert team are always on hand to offer advice and quotes about what may need to be completed within your home. Your consumer unit is one of the most integral pieces of equipment within your home as it controls and protects all of your electrical appliances. As mentioned, we offer a very honest and transparent fixed pricing structure. This further enhances our commitment to wanting to build long standing customer relationships.

Other services

The services in which IPF Electrical offer are all focused around ensuring that your commercial space, business or home are safe. Our experienced engineers are all accredited to the highest levels of industry standards to ensure we can deliver the maximum levels of customer service.

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is an electrical inspection and a fixed wire test assess the condition and compliance of your existing wiring within your premises. An EICR is the best way to check for any issues which may be happening behind the scenes and rectify them before they cause any problems in the future. At IPF electrical our engineers have vast up to date knowledge of current wiring regulations, to ensure your electrical safety, compliance, and peace of mind.

PAT Testing or portable appliance testing is the process of testing electrical appliances which are used within the work space or commercial buildings. Having a PAT Test carried out is with a view to limiting any accidents that may occur. The team at IPF Electrical are vastly experienced in the area of PAT testing, with a lot of repeat clients who exclusively use our services.

Thermal Imaging is a great way to get a better understanding of what is going on behind the systems in which we are working. Using specific equipment we can test any ‘overheating’ which can decrease the risk of failure or fire. The team at IPF Electrical use this service on a regular basis in order to help us form a better understanding of the systems.

Emergency Lighting Test is used in a variety of business and commercial settings. Ensuring that it is working correctly enables you to be compliant with specific regulations. At IPF Electrical we are experienced and approved to carry out these tests, as well as make any changes and repairs as required to ensure you stay compliant.

The consumer unit within your home can also be known as a fuse box. A consumer unit is used to distribute the power throughout your property. Ensuring its overall working as well as integrity is important to your home as it also acts like a safety device if there is to be a power surge. At IPF Electrical we have worked with a number of units, and providing upgrades is a great way to ensure it’s safe working.

Remedial works are closely linked to a Fixed Wire Test as they are focused around the issues found on the EICR. Our expertly trained team are able to take your assessment and make any adjustments or repairs to ensure full electrical compliance.