The electrical panel in your home, or your breaker box, is where all the electricity is funneled throughout your home. This is what powers all of your outlets and lights in the house. Not to mention, all of the appliances in your home as well. Not only will it distribute electricity, but it also plays a role in keeping your home safe from electrical overloads and fires. If your electrical panel is malfunctioning or is outdated, it can put your home in danger of an electrical fire. Burley Electrical Services is here to share some signs you may notice if it is time to replace your electrical panel in your home.
How Important is the Age of Your Home?
The age of your home can have a lot to do with whether or not it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel. We use a lot more electricity to meet the demands of our technology today. Homes simply weren’t built to be able to handle it. If you live in an old home that hasn’t had the electrical panel replaced, it may be time.
You Don’t Have Enough Electrical Outlets
Have you found that you are constantly looking for more outlets in your home? Maybe you find yourself using power strips in several areas of your home. If this is the case, you more than likely need to have your electrical panel upgraded so that more outlets can be put in your home. Avoid using extension cords and power strips as permanent fixtures in your home.
Service Panel Has Fuses Instead of Circuit Breakers
For any homes that were built before 1970, your home may have been constructed using fuses rather than circuit breakers. This won’t be able to meet the modern needs of today’s appliances and other electrical demands. Breakers are designs to “trip” when they are overloaded to keep your home safe, and fuses aren’t going to give you that same protection.
Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
Like mentioned above, circuit breakers are designed to trip if they are overloaded. This shouldn’t be something that is happening regularly. This is a sign that the panel is worn out and malfunctioning. It also means that your panel can’t handle the electrical demands of your home.
Plan to Upgrade Your Appliances
Newer appliances are going to require more electricity to operate. Today’s appliances draw a great deal of power than older appliances aren’t going to require. If you have put new appliances in your home, make sure your electrical panel can handle them.
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If there are signs in your home that your electrical panel needs to be upgraded, don’t hesitate to call on the electricians at Burley Electrical Services to take care of it. We have the training and expertise to investigate further to let you know if your current panel is sufficient or if an upgrade is needed to ensure your home both has the electricity it needs and is safe from an electrical fire. Call us today!