Noticing problems with appliances or electrical systems might be a few things, from faulty wiring to poor connections, but one of the most likely culprits is the circuit panels. Upgrading the electrical circuit panel may be required for a number of reasons. One major one is to accommodate the demand your home requires for the electrical needs to power the appliances and electrical devices. Another important one is because of a major design flaw that was installed in the 70’s and 80’s in F.P.E. (Federal Pacific Electric) circuit breaker panels that were frequently used. Not only did 805 of the breakers become ineffective, but they were most likely to start a fire. Home owner insurance policies have been dropped in recent years unless the homeowners replace the circuit panels by a qualified, licensed and insured electrical contractor, additionally, replacement is also required in order to sell a home. Some may be wondering what other circumstances may warrant a circuit panel upgrade and we at Burley Electrical Services, Inc would like to relate a few common reasons why you should consider the upgrade.
What is an Electrical Circuit Breaker Panel?
A circuit panel is the central point where the wires from outside leading from your provider deliver electricity to your homes inside wires. It is also often referenced as the main breaker box or fuse box. When a breaker is tripped, cutting the power to different locations of your home, this is where you go flip the switch on and off to get the power back on. It can be located anywhere in your home, but it is commonly found in the garage, just on the exterior, or in a utility closet.
Do Circuit Breakers Wear Out?
Circuit breakers can last anywhere from 25-40 years, but there are reasons that can lead to a replacement or an upgrade. A home that relies on old-fashioned panel with fuses, which is frequently used in homes built prior to 1960, should get an upgrade. Fuses burn out where the circuit breaker needs a simple reset. Homes that are older than 20 years typically only have panels that are limited to 60 or 100 amps where modern homes are being equipped with panels of 200 amp panels that can accommodate a high-tech lifestyle most people have. For high-definition televisions, computers, smart refrigerators and other appliances as well as other features, the increase amp panels are essential.
Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?
If you feel the electrical panel and it feels warm to the touch, it is overloaded, likely due to it being defective or improperly installed, which definitely needs an upgrade. Burning smells is another indication the circuit breaker is bad or a faulty wire connection. In any case, it is warning sign an upgrade is required to avoid the risk of electrical fires. Panels that trip often are likely needing a replacement, because it can accommodate the electrical demand of all of the appliances and devices that are plugged in. The tripping is a safety measure to keep the wires from overheating. The whole panel should be replaced, but in some cases, it may just need a breaker replacement. Appliances not performing at their full potential or frequently flickering or dimming lights is another indication your circuit panel needs an upgrade. Consider an upgrade if you are adding more appliances or other heavy devices, like a home theater. Finally, if you find you rely on power bars throughout the homes to provide more outlets, you should consider an upgrade.
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Whether it is something you should do to accommodate your electrical load, or you are required by coding and law to get your electrical circuit panel upgraded, call Burley Electrical Services, Inc and let our experienced and qualified electricians take care of it for you!