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Electrical Panel Upgrades in Bluffton, SC

Professional Solutions to Overloaded Wiring

People don’t typically think about their electrical systems very often. However, this lack of consideration can lead to surprise electrical work when a problem happens. If your system demands too much electricity over a circuit, it risks an electrical overload that could, in especially severe cases, cause a devastating fire. Your electrical panel’s safeguards are in place to prevent this issue from occurring. But, as a unit gets older, its ability to keep up with a household system’s increased energy demands can degrade. Fortunately, Mr. Electric of The Low Country can help you avoid facing these hazardous problems with our years of training and experience. Our company covers residential electrical panel upgrades to ensure your appliances, lights, and HVAC systems stay up and running safely and reliably. If you live in Beaufort, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Okatie, SC, you can benefit from our exceptional electrical services.
Electrical Panel Upgrades in Bluffton, SC

Professional Solutions to Overloaded Wiring

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  • The electrical panel connects your home with the main power line, dispersing energy through wiring and feeding power to all outlets. Inside your electrical panel are multiple switches electrical professionals call circuit breakers. These circuit breakers distribute electricity into smaller branch lines, connecting to your home’s outlets, lighting, and other electronic features. The breakers also indicate how many amps a specific line can carry before causing the corresponding breaker to trip. Additionally, there is a main breaker that lets you switch off power to your entire electrical system.
  • Just like your aging freezer or air conditioner, your home’s electrical panel can wear down as time passes. As your existing panel ages, a problem with frequently overloaded circuits may happen and disrupt your daily life. You may have frequently tripping breakers or get an electrical shock when making contact with an outlet. Mr. Electric of The Low Country lists several indications you need to invest in an electrical panel upgrade:

    • Your panel’s interior surface feels warm
    • Circuit breakers have rust or corrosion
    • Crackling sounds coming from the panel
    • You need to use multiple extension cords to power all your devices.
    • Your outlets aren’t GFCIs (particularly around water sources)
    • Appliances no longer run at full power.
    • Your home has an antiquated split bus panel or fuse block
    • Your home has a 60-amp electrical service
    • Your home can’t operate certain appliances despite having a 100-amp electrical service.
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Age Is a Telltale Indication to Upgrade Your Panel

General wisdom stipulates investing in a home electrical panel upgrade if your existing panel is older than 25 years. We urge homeowners to take this advice seriously. You can face multiple hazards and issues in your home with an aging panel. Furthermore, time has proven many electrical panels installed before 1990 to be unsafe. If your home electrical system runs on one of the following defective electrical panels, contact Mr. Electric of The Low Country to schedule a prompt replacement:

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Electrical Panel

Builders often used this panel type in homes built from 1950 to 1980. An FPE features various design defects that put homeowners at a higher risk of fire and electric shock. Furthermore, the FPE has been classified as defective by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Zinsco Electrical Panel

Zinsco panels haven't been an available panel option since the mid-1970s. However, you can still find these old panels installed in some modern homes. Their defective design lets power flow and causes the switches to melt—even when you’ve turned off the breakers.

Pushmatic Electrical Panel

Pushmatic panels are missing a main breaker switch on the box, so it’s impossible to shut off power flow to your entire electrical system. Additionally, the weak breaker switches in these panels can become harder to reset over time.

Fuse Boxes

The oldest electrical panel version is a fuse box, and most fuse boxes cannot handle more than 60 amps of electricity. Homeowners need about 200 amps to power today’s average home. Without a doubt, this panel type is no longer sufficient to support a modern home’s energy demands. Fuse boxes are also a massive electrocution and fire risk. Mr. Electric of The Low Country advises households to replace this panel type as quickly as possible.

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