Your electrical panel is the hub of all electricity that runs through your home. The power you have in your home is determined by the circuit breakers inside the panel. The breakers connect to the circuits that power all of the lighting and outlets within your home, making the electrical panel one of the most important parts of your home.
How Do You Know If You Need an Electrical Panel Replacement?
- Your home is more than 25 years old
Electrical panels last anywhere from 25 to 40 years at best. If your home is more than 25 years old, it is wise to check the age of the panel. If the panel in your home is the original one that came with, call an electrician and have your electrical panel replaced as soon as possible.
- Your circuit breakers are tripping often
If you find that you are constantly having to open the panel and flip the breaker back to its original position, this is a sign that your circuits are overloaded. This can be easily corrected by replacing your electrical panel.
- If you turn on an appliance, your lights dim or flash
This is another sign that your circuits are overloaded and your electrical panel isn’t providing enough power to meet your home’s needs, and again, this can be easily corrected by replacing your home’s panel.
- You are using extension cords to increase outlets in your home
If you find that you simply do not have enough electrical outlets in your home to provide all of the power you need, a new and upgraded electrical panel can easily increase your power and eliminate the need for unsightly and hazardous extension cords.
- You are installing an air conditioner or other new appliance
If you are introducing an appliance to your home that wasn’t there when your electrical panel was installed, chances are your panel was not designed to provide quite that much power.
Why You Should Keep Your Electrical Panel Up To Date
Having an outdated electrical panel, or an electrical panel that does not produce enough power for your home, can be both inconvenient and hazardous. Aside from causing breakers to trip and lights to flash, an outdated electrical panel can be a fire hazard, as well as a potential risk for electrocution.
If your electrical panel is in need of an upgrade, it is important to contact a professional electrician to ensure it is installed safely and correctly; feel free to contact us. You can talk to an expert about new installations of lighting and wiring, among other things, for your home or business.
About Tim Kyle Electric
Tim Kyle Electric has been delighting our customers with responsive, trusted and professional electrical services since 1986. We provide residential, commercial and solar power services and are experts in our field. Our team of professionally trained employees uphold our core values of honesty, respect and integrity. We are available 24/7 for your electrical servicing needs. Get in touch with us today to discuss your next electrical project.