Your electrical panel is the brain, heart and lungs of your home – all wrapped into one. Because it is so important to the operation and safety of your home, it’s important that it’s operating properly and in accordance with the current residential electrical code.
Your electrical panel regulates the electricity coming in from your utility company and then sends it back out into the appliances and outlets in your home. If too much electricity is demanded from the home, a circuit breaker is tripped in the electrical panel to stop the electricity from overloading the wiring. An overload can cause a fire, so it’s the job of the electrical panel to break the circuit and regulate the electricity in the system to keep your home and family safe.
Your home’s electrical panel might have a serious defect if it’s more than 25 years old, because there are some electrical panels from that era that have known safety issues due to poor design. Electrical panels installed after 1990 are generally well designed and safe.
The following panels need to be replaced immediately:
Older electrical panels were not designed to keep up with the increased electrical demands of a modern home. Many panels were installed at a time when the only electricity needed was to power a handful of lights. Unfortunately, older electrical panels have a hard time keeping up with the increased electrical demands on the system. Your appliances, televisions, computers, HVAC systems, lights and other electrical gadgets are increasingly energy efficient, but the average modern household uses more gadgets than ever before. If your home is more than 10 years old, your electrical system may not be able to keep up with your electrical demand.
If you’re reading this page, it means that you’re wondering about the status of your electrical panel, which means it’s time for a checkup. If your electrical panel is more than 25 years old, you should have it inspected as soon as possible.
If any of the following are true, it may be time for you to install a new panel:
Of course! Your neighborhood electricians at WIREONE are standing by and ready to serve you. Give us a call today for a home electrical inspection. We’ll measure how much power is being used on the circuits, and we’ll thoroughly check the electrical panel to make sure it’s safe. If it’s not working properly or it needs to be expanded, our professional electricians can install a new panel that will exceed your state and local regulations. Keep your home’s power system in great shape and keep your family and property safe with a healthy electrical panel.
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