When Does a Home’s Main Electrical Panel Need to Be Replaced?
Older electrical service panels can present a range of problems to a homeowner. Depending on how old your service panel is, it may need to be replaced by a professional electrician. This is especially true of panels that use fuses instead of circuit breakers and panels that have been causing problems with your electrical system. A professional electrician can inspect your panel to determine its current condition and advise you on when it should be replaced. Here are three occasions when you may need to replace your home’s main electrical panel.
When You Need a Service Upgrade
Many older homes don’t have adequate electrical service to run many modern appliances. Without the right service, you could face problems when running high-power appliance. You may even damage them due to power surges and fluctuations. When upgrading your electrical service, it can be beneficial to upgrade your panel as well. This allows major components of your home’s electrical system to be brought into the modern age with your new appliances as well.
When You’re Upgrading Wiring
When upgrading old wiring, have your electrician replace your main service panel as well. If your panel is original to your home and connects to old wires, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. A new panel can offer you the additional circuits you need at the power levels today’s electrical accessories require. This allows for safer operation and steady power delivery for efficiency and extended appliance life.
When You Change to Breakers
Older service panels use fuses which need to be replaced when they blow due to circuit overloads. Circuit breakers are designed to stop the flow of electricity through a circuit in the event of an overload and can be reconnected after tripping. Circuit breakers are safer and more efficient than traditional fuses. If your current electrical service panel uses fuses, consider switching to a circuit breaker panel instead.
It’s always a good idea to have your home’s electrical system, including your service panel, inspected by a professional electrician on a regular basis. TLC Electrical can analyze your current panel and tell you whether or not it is time to replace it. Call us at (817) 424-2684 for more information on our electrical services in Southlake, Colleyville, and Grapevine.