How often do you think about your electrical panel?
We bet it’s not very often.
That’s not uncommon: most homeowners don’t think about their electrical panel as long as everything is working in their house.
But like everything else, your electrical panel won’t last forever. In some cases, it’s actually necessary to upgrade sooner rather than later.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should replace your old electrical panel.
1. Is Your Current Panel a Safety Hazard?
Your electrical panel only works as long as it’s safe.
Electrical hazards like faulty panels increase your risks of electrocution and electrical fires.
There are several electrical panels that have been proven dangerous. Check to see if yours is on the list >
There are a few other ways to find out if your electrical panel is unsafe:
The Breaker is Hot to Touch
If your breakers are warm to the touch, this could be your panel’s way of telling you that one or more circuits are overloaded.
You Can Smell It
Burning smells are never a good sign. It means something is faulty or loose, which could cause a fire. If there’s a smell coming from your electrical panel, call us immediately to fix the issue before more damage occurs.
Your Lights Are Flickering
Does your kitchen light flicker like you’re in a horror movie every time you use the microwave? This is a sign that your electrical panel can’t handle the demand for power.
Your Breakers Are Tripping Frequently
This is another sign that your electrical panel is overloaded. The breakers trip as a safety measure. While this means your panel is doing its job, you’ll need to look into getting a new panel or altering the existing wiring. Tripping breakers should not be considered a normal task for the day.
2. Are You Renovating or Expanding?
The more outlets you have, the more power you need. If you’re renovating a room, finishing your basement or adding an addition to your home, your electrical panel will need to be able to accommodate the new – or improved – space.
You’ll be able to tell if you need a new electrical panel just by looking at it – if it’s full, it’s may be time to upgrade.
Food for Thought: If your main electrical panel is still in good shape, a subpanel is a useful addition to handle the extra power demands. You can add the circuits you need for your renovation or addition to the subpanel without worrying about overloading your current panel.
Consider a Subpanel for Workshops or Garages
For homeowners with garages or workshops that need electricity, we recommend a subpanel that will require only one feeder cable to your main panel.
However, you will first have to make sure that your current electrical panel is able to handle the additional amps the space would require.
This is something our trained electricians can help you figure out. They’ll make recommendations specifically tailored to you.
Ask Sun Solar & Electrical for an Upgrade
An upgrade is the best way to make sure your electrical panel is safe and can supply all the power you need.
The certified journeymen electricians at Sun Solar & Electrical can perform a thorough inspection and make recommendations about what electrical panel would work best for your home and your needs.