Professional Electrical Panel Upgrades for Homeowners in San Antonio, TX
Keep Your Home Safe With Mr. Electric of San Antonio
Your electrical panel is responsible for regulating all the electricity in your home. If your home is at least ten years old, it may have trouble keeping up with your increased electrical demands. To keep your family and home safe, it is critical to have an electrical panel that works correctly. Mr. Electric of San Antonio specializes in electrical panel upgrades for homeowners in San Antonio, TX. Our team will assess your additional power needs and add outlets, whole house surge protectors, and more to keep your home running safely and smoothly. Learn more about residential electrical panel upgrades, and get in touch with us today to request a quote.
How Electrical Panels Work
Your home is connected to the electric company’s main power line through a power meter outside of your home. After that, the line goes into your electrical panel. Electrical panels are typically located on an outside wall, inside a garage, basement, utility room, closet, or in a hallway. They are often painted gray and contain rows of switches, or circuit breakers, that distribute the main power line into branch lines. Your electrical panel will have a label to map out the locations of the outlets and appliances with numbers. Those numbers will tell you how many amps each branch line can handle before the breaker switch gets tripped. Our team is happy to explain our electrical panel upgrade process and answer any questions you have about breaker box upgrades and electrical box upgrades.
Signs You Need Electrical Panel Upgrades
Overloaded circuits are the most common reason homeowners need electrical panel upgrades. Flickering lights or needing to turn off one appliance before you can use another that’s plugged into the same circuit are both signs that your panel may need an upgrade. Malfunctioning or defective electrical panels will have breakers that often trip or fail to trip, leaving someone in your house vulnerable to being shocked. Breakers that fail to trip can also cause fires, smoke, or melted wiring when they overheat. Watch out for the following signs that you need new electrical panels:
- Rust or corrosion on circuit breakers or bus bar
- Crackling sounds coming from the electrical panel
- Outlets near water sources that do not have GFCIs
- The constant need to use extension cords
- Appliances running at less than full power
- A home with 60-amp electrical service
- A home with 100-amp electrical services that still has trouble operating some appliances
- An older home with a split-bus panel with no main breaker or a fuse block panel
Electrical Panel Brands & Types to Avoid
If your home is more than 25 years old, you should have your electrical panel inspected, as some older types of electrical panels are known to have safety issues. Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) electrical panels, Zinsco electrical panels, Pushmatic electrical panels, and fuse boxes are all types to avoid. Learn more:
• Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) electrical panels – Installed between 1950 and 1980, these panels have safety defects that can lead to fires or electric shocks.
• Zinsco electrical panels – These defective panels were removed from the market by the mid-1970s, but some are still in use. Power can still flow through them even when the breakers are switched off. If you have a Zinsco panel, it should be replaced immediately.
• Pushmatic electrical panels – These panels have weak breaker switches that become more difficult to reset as they age. Additionally, Pushmatics lack main breaker switches. A replacement with a newer, better panel is recommended.
• Fuse boxes – The oldest type of electrical panel, fuse boxes can only handle a fraction of the amperage that modern homes require. Fuses for many older fuse boxes are no longer available, posing significant fire and electrocution risks.
Electrical Panel Upgrades Cost
The cost to upgrade electrical panels will vary depending on the scope of the project, site conditions, and the existing wiring or conduits. Mr. Electric of San Antonio can assess your home’s needs and provide a customized quote. Our electrical panel repair services include circuit breaker replacement, circuit breaker installation and upgrades, rewiring the electrical panel, bus bar replacement, and relocating electrical panels due to moisture or other concerns. We are happy to provide a quote for your electrical panel upgrade cost.
Schedule Electrical Panel Upgrades Today
If you’re in San Antonio, Boerne, or Bulverde, TX, contact Mr. Electric of San Antonio to schedule an electrical panel upgrade for your home and request a quote. Our team will ensure that your home is running safely and smoothly.