Your electrical panel, also known as the breaker box, is crucial for the well-being and proper functioning of your home. Not only do your furnace and most of your appliances depend on it, but so do all of your electronics. With more reliance on our electronics for work, school and home entertainment, a healthy electrical panel has never been more vital for your home.
Thankfully, panels generally have a long life, and only need to be replaced every 25-40 years. This means knowing the age of your home and whether or not your panel has ever had an upgrade is important. In addition, there can be several telltale signs that your panel isn’t up to snuff, such as:
Dimming lights when turning on larger appliances
Burning or ozone odor
Scorch marks on outlets
Sparks when plugging in items
Small shocks when touching an appliance
Warmth around panel or on electrical cords
Circuit trips or blown fuses
Hissing noise from panel
If any of the above are occurring, contact a licensed electrician to have the issue evaluated immediately.
Let’s explore a few of the biggest benefits of an upgraded electrical panel:
This is the primary benefit of an electrical panel upgrade. Upgrading means a major decrease in the chances of a fire or electrical shock - both of which can cause damage or harm to you and your property.
Allows for Increased Power Usage
Our TVs are bigger, new appliances are constantly added, and our electronics are plugged in all over our homes. We use and rely on electricity more than ever. Getting an upgrade not only means you are set for years to come, but it also allows for more possibilities when it comes to your home and lifestyle. More power capabilities in your panel make remodeling a bathroom or the kitchen easier, and adding appliances or a hot tub becomes a realistic possibility.
Full or Partial Electrification
Attaining zero carbon emissions or lessening one’s carbon footprint is on the minds of many. To fully or partially electrify your home with solar panels, an EV charger and/or all electrical appliances, an upgraded panel will most likely be necessary. Learn more in our video explainer on electrical panels.
Updated panels use less energy than outdated panels. This means less energy costs for you, and more money in your pocket over time.
Remember, electrical panels have a very long life. Once you upgrade, you are set for years to come! Contact one of our highly-trained and skilled electricians for an estimate today.