A home’s electrical system requires maintenance and care just like mowing the lawn or changing out lights bulbs. The heart of your home is its electrical system and the electrical panel that controls and receives the incoming energy into your home. It is essential that the electrical panel is maintained and when needed, replaced to ensure electrical safety and efficiency. Burley Electrical Services will share a few signs or indicators that your electrical panel may require replacing.
Why Upgrade Your Electrical Panel
Age of the Home: The age of the home can be a major indicator that your electrical panel is old and outdated. Older electrical systems, including the electrical panel, are not designed for proper electrical control and could pose a major concern to electrical safety. Older systems often fail at controlling electrical surges which lead to overheating. It is important to determine the age of the electrical panel. A previous homeowner may have already updated the panel. If you are not sure of the panel’s age it is recommended you have it inspected.
Insufficient Power: Most modern home’s electrical systems are installed with 200 amps. It is found that the average home with modern appliances requires 200 amps of power to run efficiently. If your electrical panel is under 200 amps, this can become an issue and you may experience frequent power outs or breakers tripping. Low amps can also make it difficult to sell your home. This is why if your current electrical panel is under 200 amps, consider upgrading your panel and not just because of failure or damage, but for more efficiency.
New to a Home: If you have recently bought a home you should have had the electrical system inspected first. If the electrical panel is out of date or doesn’t supply modern needs then is it a wise investment to have the panel replaced or upgraded. Moving into a new home is a learning curve as to the house’s quirks. You don’t want to learn that your home’s electrical system is a risk. When buying a new home make sure you have the electrical system inspected and consider replacing the electrical panel and breaker box with an updated one.
Circuit Breaker Trips: Another indicator that your electrical panel requires updating is your breakers. The breakers will trip more frequently if you’re using more energy than your current electrical system output. This falls under low amps. If your home isn’t outfitted for the 200 amps most modern homes use, then you will require more energy. When there isn’t enough energy the breakers will trip to prevent overheating or fires. When your breakers trip constantly it is due to an outdated electrical panel.
Flickering Lights: Blinking or dimming light is another sign that your electrical panel is either outdated, failing or is installed improperly. Often light may dim if a washing machine or other heavy appliance is running. If your lights blink or seem dim at times, have your home’s electrical system inspected and consider updating the electrical panel.
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The electrical panel provides safety and electrical efficiency. Old or failing electrical panels do require professional inspection and replacements from time to time. If your electrical panel needs replacing, contact Burley Electrical Service for all of your residential electrical needs today!