Electrical Panel and Your Home: Do you have the right type?
Updated: Jan 18
Electric Panels (also known as Breaker Panels) are the central distribution point for your home's power.
They play a major role in keeping your power running safely and smoothly.
It’s important to know the signs of when it is time to replace your home’s electrical panel.
Here are some signs to look for:
1) Is your panel over 20 years old?
Older panels do not support the amount of power that homes use now.
Homes now require more power usage than before with the need of more electrical appliances and devices that are also more advanced than before.
Your older home may also have power supplied with a fuse box.
These are outdated because they tend to overheat more easily and can cause fires.
New panels have breakers that flip off when there’s a risk of overheating.
2) Have you recently had new home additions?
Additions to your home may also cause your current panel to not work properly.
The panel may no longer be able to handle that much power.
You may start to notice frequent tripping because it cannot support the power usage.
3) Are there signs of rust, corrosion, or burnt marks?
Any of these visible signs can be strong indicators that it is time to replace the panel.
These could be problematic in that they could lead to overheating and damaging of wires.
If you see any of these signs it is time to replace your panel before it completely breaks down on you.
Replacing the panel can take a few hours to do depending on what needs to be done and upgraded.
Sometimes it involves new wiring, relocating the panel to a different room, or even upgrading the meter to include amperage changes.
Because you want this done correctly and safely, calling a professional, like Silver Electric, would be the best way to go.