Signs You Need an Electrical Panel Update
When was the last time you gave your electrical panel much thought? If you’re like most homeowners, you probably haven’t thought about it in a long while. However, for both functional and safety reasons, it’s important to have a well-functioning electrical panel. In case you’re not sure if yours is up to par, here are some signs you need an electrical panel upgrade.
Your Home is Over 40 Years Old
Especially if your home was built before the 1970s, it may use older equipment that cannot carry enough amps of electricity to handle modern-day needs. Not only can that old equipment simply not power your appliances and devices, but it can start a fire if it gets overloaded.
A few common signs that your panel can’t handle your electric needs are:
- Flickering lights
- Frequent circuit trips
- The panel looks worn and/or melted
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You Have Fuses Instead of Circuit Breakers
Fuses were commonly used in electrical panels in the 1970s and earlier, and while they do the same job as modern circuit breakers, they’re not nearly as safe. Circuit breakers will cut the power on that circuit if they detect an overload or spark, while fuses can melt or blow entirely.
Your Circuits Trip a Lot
It’s one thing to have a circuit trip once in a while when you have a lot of devices plugged into it, but if your circuits are tripping all the time, you likely need to upgrade your electrical panel so it can handle your power needs more easily.
Anytime you’re making changes to your house is a good opportunity to upgrade your electrical panel. You’ll need to accommodate the extra (or less) space of your remodel.
At Gold Medal Service, we can upgrade your electrical panel and give you the power your home requires. Our expert technicians have the experience to upgrade your panel, ensuring the work is done to code and safely. Call us today to schedule a service!