Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

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An electrical panel is the key to the proper functioning of your home’s wiring and other electrical systems. It regulates how much electricity goes where and ensures a safety shutdown when circuits become overloaded. It’s a vital part of your property and it will eventually need to be replaced.

At Watson’s Charging Stations & Electric, we believe that it is important to upgrade your panel at the first sign of trouble, so you avoid costly repair bills and keep your family safe. An upgraded electrical panel will also increase your home’s resale value.

The Electrical Panel Upgrade

Every building’s electric feed runs through an electrical panel. The power comes in through the electric meter, flows through the panel, and then gets distributed throughout the building. The electrical panel is sized to meet the power requirements that were anticipated at the time of construction. Over time, as your household grows and you add more appliances and electronic devices, it can put a strain on your panel.

Upgrading your electrical panel to a 200-amp service will give you the additional capacity you need to accommodate all of your new electrical needs without overloading the system and damaging your appliances or creating a fire hazard. The most common reasons for a residential panel upgrade include a constantly tripping circuit breaker, lights that dim when certain appliances are turned on, a faulty fuse box, and lack of outlets.

The Fuse Box Needs to Be Replaced

Many older homes still have fuse boxes instead of a breaker panel. Fuses are outdated and not as safe as modern circuit breakers. If you’re in the process of rewiring your home or have recently added an appliance to your house, you need to replace the fuse box with a breaker panel to prevent a power surge that could damage or even destroy your appliances and cause an electrical fire.

If your breaker panels are warm to the touch or emit a burnt or fishy odor, it’s a clear indicator that they are overheating. A faulty breaker can overheat and start a fire, so it’s important to have the issue fixed as soon as possible by a professional.

You Need More Outlets

Older buildings only have two or three outlets per room. This may be enough for some, but if your family regularly uses more than that number of electrical appliances and electronics, it’s likely you need an electrical panel upgrade. You should also consider an electrical panel upgrade if you’re planning a major renovation or adding rooms to your home.

Upgrading your electrical panel can help your appliances run more efficiently, keep your home safer, and improve the resale value of your property. If you have any questions about a residential panel upgrade, please contact us today. Our experienced team is happy to help! We can provide you with a free quote and walk you through the pros and cons of this project. We can even work around your schedule to minimize disruptions to your daily life while the job is being completed.

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