When might you need to replace your power distribution box?
You can generally expect a power distribution box to last anywhere between 8 to 15 years, depending on the application it’s being used for, the environment it’s operating in, and how frequently it’s serviced. Rubber boxes which spend their lives indoors are much more likely to have a longer lifespan than those that are relatively more exposed to the outdoor elements, like harsher temperatures or weathers.
With this much variance in the relative lifespans of different rubber boxes, it can be understandably tricky to work out exactly when it’s worth replacing yours. And while we can’t give an exact timeframe in an informational post like this here at Rubber Box, what we can do is give you a few general factors to consider – ones which often play a decisive role in influencing exactly when it’s worth replacing your power distribution box.
The age and safety of your current equipment
Some of the most pressing reasons for considering a new power distribution box are often related to the age of your existing infrastructure. It’s no secret that over time, electrical components can deteriorate due to wear and tear, corrosion, or exposure to harsh environmental conditions. If your power distribution box starts to show signs of age-related wear or damage, it may be at increasingly prone to electrical faults. Not only can that pose a threat to your equipment and operations, but potentially to the safety of your staff too.
New legal standards and regulations
It’s also worth considering that electrical codes and safety standards are continually evolving, and with good reason – it’s to ensure that the potential for accidents is minimised, especially with the emergence of new technologies within the wider industry, and their own implications and safety requirements. Using incompatible equipment is one of the easiest ways to end up causing safety hazards. Upgrading your distribution box ensures that you can have peace of mind that you’re protecting yourself and your business physically – e.g. from electrical fires, shocks and other safety issues – as well as legally.
Your needs are evolving as a business
As your electrical needs grow, the demand on your power distribution system also increases. If you find yourself frequently tripping circuit breakers or experiencing voltage drops, it may be an indication that your current distribution box is unable to handle the expanding electrical load.
You may also decide that there are new features you feel you could be making use of as a business, especially if you’re looking for a particular few to suit your needs as an organisation. Smart features include remote monitoring, energy management, and surge protection. With these, not only can they help you to become more efficient, reliable and safe, but it can futureproof your business too.
And if you’re looking for a replacement power distribution box, you’re in exactly the right place. We stock a wide range of power distribution equipment at Rubber Box, including our standard ranges and various bespoke products. For over 20 years, we’ve been a market leader and well-respected name within the industry, supplying electric power distribution boxes and equipment to some of the largest venues and events in the UK and over 30 countries worldwide. You can browse through our products here, or you can speak to a member of our fantastic team by giving us a call at +44 (0)1282 677 910 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.