Are you living in an older home and now you’re thinking that maybe an electrical panel upgrade is in order? If you’re considering it, how do you know if it’s the right time to do it, or how do you know if you really need it?
The main electrical service panel, also known as the “breaker box,” can be compared to a switchboard for the electricity inside a home. The power from the utility company is received by the main electrical service panel, which in turn, distributes the power to the individual circuits that distribute power to the lights, outlets, and appliances throughout the home. If you want to turn on or shut off the power in your house, you do it at the main service panel.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Now that we’ve explained what the main service panel is, we’re going to answer some frequently asked questions.
Q. What are the signs I need to upgrade my electrical panel?
A. If your electrical panel is overheating or if you hear strange sounds coming from the electrical panel, these may be warning signs that the panel poses a fire hazard. Other signs that you need an upgrade may include flickering lights, blown fuses, and frequently tripped breakers.
Q. What are the advantages of an upgrade?
A. If you have any of the above concerns, upgrading your electrical panel can resolve potential safety hazards while improving overall safety in the home. Upgrades can also provide consistent power throughout the home, resolve electrical issues, and set your house up for a future expansion of the home’s electrical system if you need additional outlets or if you build an addition.
Q. How can I tell if I need to upgrade my electrical panel?
A. There are two tell-tale signs you need to upgrade your electrical panel: 1) you have an old fuse box, or 2) you are having problems with insufficient electrical supply in your home. For example, if your power shuts off when you plug in too many appliances at the same time, this may be a sign that you need to upgrade your electrical panel.
These days, we use far more electricity than we did in the generation’s past. If you live in an older home, there’s a good chance that your home’s electrical system cannot keep up with the demand. As your family uses electricity, the electrical panel should be able to serve your family’s energy needs without any issues. Also, if you have damaged wiring, breakers, or fuses, they can pose a fire hazard and should be replaced promptly to protect your family’s safety.