A sound electrical panel, or breaker box, is critical for the safety, comfort and operation of your home. We rely heavily on our HVAC systems and numerous appliances. Additionally, with more dependence on our home electronics for work, school and play, your electrical panel has never been more important.
In general, electrical panels should be replaced every 25-40 years, therefore it’s important to know the age of your home and if there has ever been an upgrade. You should also look for any of these signs that may indicate your panel isn’t functioning well:
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 one of our licensed electricians immediately to have the issue evaluated.
What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Your Electrical Panel?
The number one benefit is improving the safety of your home. A panel upgrade means lessening the chances of a fire or electrical shock.
We are using more power than ever in our daily lives. Our reliance on a variety of electronics, combined with our bigger TVs and numerous appliances, means we are plugged in all the time. Upgrading your panel now means not only will you be set for years to come, but adding anything new to your system will be a breeze. Installing a hot tub or EV charger, adding appliances or remodeling a bathroom or kitchen can be done with ease.
Full or Partial Electrification
If you are hoping to lessen your carbon emissions, an electrical panel upgrade might be in order. Fully or partially electrifying your home with the installation of solar panels, an EV charger and/or switching to all electrical appliances might mean you need more power availability. Learn more in this video explainer on electrical panels.
Ready for more money in your pocket? Updated panels use less energy than outdated panels, which means lower electric bills for you!
Once you do upgrade, it’s reassuring to know that electrical panels have a very long life.