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Looking to upgrade the current consumer unit, it is located in the garage, the new cu will be in the same location. Having read various posts it appears that the Hager boards are well regarded but the MK boards not so

But my electrician is adamant in wanting to install an MK RCD board 13 way, he advised 13 way is a bit more than my actual requirements but it will be future proof in the event i decide to do an extension or something

I suggested a Hagar board but he dismissed that! And insisted to fit an MK board as he is familiar with them

Your thoughts would be appreciated, where does the MK board rank? Would you recommend any other CU other than Hagar?
 

Baddegg

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Everyone has boards and brands they prefer,I prefer Hager but horses for courses......either that or he has an mk board on his van......
 

Paignton pete

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Go with someone who will do what you want.

Hager boards are good.

MK boards are good.

Getting extra ways is sensible.

I would not want to fit an RCD personally. Much prefer RCBO boards.
 

littlespark

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having spare ways is a good idea for the future, but 13 may be way more than you need. how many circuits do you currently use?

you will be paying for it, so you tell him what you want fitted.
 

Baddegg

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Agree with @Paignton pete, I can’t remember the last split board I fitted (completely not altered) I much prefer full rcbo, not much difference cost wise either these days.....did he discuss arc fault and surge protection with you as an option?
 
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What would be the top 5 consumer units, I'll try and suggest something other than Hager to him
 

Pete999

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Looking to upgrade the current consumer unit, it is located in the garage, the new cu will be in the same location. Having read various posts it appears that the Hager boards are well regarded but the MK boards not so

But my electrician is adamant in wanting to install an MK RCD board 13 way, he advised 13 way is a bit more than my actual requirements but it will be future proof in the event i decide to do an extension or something

I suggested a Hagar board but he dismissed that! And insisted to fit an MK board as he is familiar with them

Your thoughts would be appreciated, where does the MK board rank? Would you recommend any other CU other than Hagar?
Why does "your
Looking to upgrade the current consumer unit, it is located in the garage, the new cu will be in the same location. Having read various posts it appears that the Hager boards are well regarded but the MK boards not so

But my electrician is adamant in wanting to install an MK RCD board 13 way, he advised 13 way is a bit more than my actual requirements but it will be future proof in the event i decide to do an extension or something

I suggested a Hagar board but he dismissed that! And insisted to fit an MK board as he is familiar with them

Your thoughts would be appreciated, where does the MK board rank? Would you recommend any other CU other than Hagar?
Why does your "Electrician" demand that you have to change your CU? has he done any testing of the installation? probably has the one he is recommending kicking around in his Van, get a second opinion.
 

ferg

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If he won't fit what you want get someone else.

On the odd occasion I've fitted MK boards I've been unimpressed by them but honestly If I would not be concerned if there was one in my own home.
 
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Pic of current consumer unit attached, there is one for immersion heater and electric shower but these are no longer needed for the new CU. This one is Hagar :)
 

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Paignton pete

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Do you know and trust this electrician?

If yes go with his board if the price is right.

If no get some one else.

You’re the customer, you get what you want within reason and within the regs.
 

Baddegg

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You’ve got 7 circuits from what I can make out In your picture....13 ways on ya new one is certainly future proofing!....have you indicted a new kitchen in the future to him?
 
Very bizarre for an electrician to refuse to fit the board of your choosing.
I can only presume he has an old MK board in the back of the car he wants to off load to someone...
 
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Ok spoke to the electrician, convinced him to fit a hagar he has asked me to supply hooray!

What would you recommend he said it needs to be rcd dual/split load 12 or 13 way
 

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