Is your panel plugged into the 21st century?
If you own an older home, today’s gadgets and devices can easily overload your aged electrical system causing hazardous conditions. The good news is that these electrical problems can be prevented with an electrical panel upgrade.
Your panel is the heart of your electrical system and is the main distribution point for all circuits.
Power comes into your home from the utility company, through a service entrance and into the main circuit breaker which is the on/off switch of the entire panel.
Your panel is also made up of fuses or breakers that are connected to every circuit in the home. A breaker is a safety device that will stop the flow of current if it detects a problem.
Electrical panels are typically mounted to your wall and can be identified as a gray metal box. Your panel will likely be in an accessible area of your home like the basement, garage or utility room. Some electrical panels can be found outside the home.
A 100-amp service is the minimum requirement in new homes.
Older homes used to be equipped with a 60-amp service. This 60-amp service isn’t adequate for all of the electronics we use today. If no upgrade was made to the electrical panel, these older homes run the risk of overloading their circuits and posing a fire risk.
Over time your electrical panel will start to degrade and can create hazardous conditions in your home. If you are experiencing any of the following warning signs or harbor any of these conditions, call a licensed electrical contractor right away:
- Your home runs on a 60-amp service.
- Your 100-amp service is insufficient for operating necessary appliances in your home.
- Your breakers are constantly tripping.
- Your panel has no main breaker.
- The wires in your panel are broken or melted.
- There’s a crackling sound from your panel box.
- There’s corrosion or rust on the breakers or panel.
- Overheating electrical service conductors.
- Appliances are running at less than full power.
- There are two pronged (non-grounded) outlets.
- Missing GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) and AFCIs (arc fault circuit interrupters) in necessary areas.
- You use extension cords because you don’t have enough outlets in your home.
In addition to any warning signs listed above of a faulty electrical panel, you should also consider upgrading if:
- You are renovating your room or entire home, adding an addition onto your home.
- You need additional outlets.
- You’re adding an appliance that requires its own circuit, i.e central heating and air, electric vehicle charger, stoves, spas, garage power equipment, etc.
- You need to meet your homeowner’s insurance requirements.
- You need to install a 240 volt circuit.
Reserve a no-fee preliminary assessment and let one of our Electrical Solutions Advisors create a custom action plan for your home:
Please note existing electrical issues or hazards, in the home, may warrant the need of a full-day electrical inspection with subsequent repairs.