‘Tis the season of holiday shopping and we have a gift that will keep on giving all year long, for many years to come—a new electrical panel!
Although it may not be shiny, you can’t drive it, and your kids definitely won’t want to play with it, it is the ultimate power gift (pun intended).
Electrical panels keep your home running smoothly. From your kitchen appliances to your entertainment technologies—anything that is plugged in, that needs a charge, requires a functional electrical panel. So, how do you know it’s time for a new one?
When To Upgrade Your Electrical Panel
Your home or property is on the older side.
If your home was built before 1960—it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade. You most likely have a fuse system rather than an electrical panel with circuit breakers, and this is simply outdated technology. Although there is technically nothing wrong with having fuses rather than circuit breakers, they do pose a potential threat to your home and to your family.
Fuses and circuit breakers both perform the same service—they prevent short circuits and power surges; yet, they operate very differently. Fuses are a one-time use system. When a fuse detects a high electrical current, it melts to interrupt the flow of electricity. As you can imagine, this has a fire hazard risk.
With the advent of circuit breakers, which have internal sensors that flip a switch to inhibit excess power when a surge is detected, fuses are no longer the best option for your home.
You experience repetitive blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers.
Plugging in your hairdryer and turning on the microwave should not cause a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Although bathroom and kitchen appliances demand a lot of power, they should not cause consistent issues when used.
An electrical panel upgrade will solve this issue, as your current panel is either malfunctioning or too outdated to handle the amount of power your home requires.
You notice discolorations or burning smells on or around your electrical panel.
If you see any discoloration or smell burning by your electrical panel, contact an electrician today. You are at risk for an electrical fire, and your panel needs professional attention immediately.
You may have loose wiring connections or faulty wiring. If you have flickering or dimming lights, see sparks when you plug something into your electrical outlet or get a slight shock when you touch home appliances—a new electrical panel is in order.
You are remodeling your home.
Regardless of whether or not your electrical panel is considered “old”, when you are going through a remodel or constructing a new addition to your home, it’s best to have your electrical panel checked out.
If you are changing the layout of your home, you may need new wiring, and if you are adding outlets, you may need a different system to meet your new power demands.
With an increase in technological advancements, the need for more power also spiked. This technological trend we are riding is nowhere close to over. Prepare for future power necessities with Electrical Doctor.
Benefits Of A New Electrical Panel
Peace of Mind
Safety is our number one concern, and we know it is yours too. Updating your electrical panel will give you peace of mind. Eliminating fuses, and switching to a system with circuit breakers, will reduce your chances of electrical fires. Schedule your electrical panel installation with Electrical Doctor.
You may not be interested in selling your home today, or tomorrow; however, if you do ever decide to put your house on the market, a brand new electrical panel increases your property value. Buyers will know that your home is safe, up-to-date, and ready to handle their power needs.
Savings, Savings, Savings!
Installing a new electrical panel will lower your homeowner’s insurance bills, as it reduces home fire risks. Additionally, your monthly electric bill will likely decrease! New panel technologies are much improved and run with high-efficiency. Start saving today—schedule your electrical panel upgrade!
Gift yourself a new electrical panel this holiday season with Electrical Doctor! Contact us, at (713) 999-6079, for electrical panel upgrades and installations.