Your electrical panel is what provides electricity to the lights, outlets and appliances throughout your home. The panel can be used to shut off electricity or restore the flow of electricity. It can be easy to forget about electrical panels because they are usually located outside of the home or in obscure places. However, you don’t want to neglect your panel!
Old electrical panels can be dangerous as they can result in fires, overheating and electrical shock. They can also cause problems such as blowing a fuse, melting wires, causing the lights to flicker and even damaging certain electronics.
How do you know when it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel?
- Your current electrical panel provides less than 200 amps
- You hear crackling or other strange sounds coming from the panel box
- There is rust on the breaker or panel
- Your breaker constantly trips or blows a fuse
- Your light bulbs burn out quickly and often
- Your appliances do not run at full power
- There are no GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) outlets in your home
Remember that your panel should be inspected by a certified electrician at least every two to five years. You can test the GFCI outlets in your home on your own every month. For more information about electrical panel upgrades, visit our services page.