When it comes to importance, your electrical panel is easily one of the most significant parts of your home's electrical system, but there are many homeowners out there who don't realize that they might be long overdue for an upgrade. Your electrical panel is responsible for taking in power from the line outside of your home and distributing it throughout your house where it is needed. If your electrical panel is older, or damaged in any way, it might not be able to direct the amount of power you need for your home, as most modern homes have a much higher electrical demand that homes of even ten years ago. How are you to know when the right time to upgrade your electrical panel is? To help you answer that question, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list highlighting a few of the more prominent signs that the time has come to make the upgrade.
If your electrical panel is old enough, it could still have fuses while modern panels have long made the switch to circuit breakers. Even though fuses aren't inherently dangerous, they were designed back when electrical demands in the home were much, much lower, and just aren't equipped to handle the amount of power that is being pulled by most homes these days. Because they weren't designed to handle this kind of power, they are often at risk of blowing, and this can lead to fire hazards if you aren't careful. If you still have a fuse box in your home, it is probably time to consider making the switch to a more modern panel.
Anytime you have a circuit breaker trip, it is doing so as an automatic response to keep a certain circuit from overheating and causing damage to your home. However, a breaker can also trip when your home's energy demands exceed the capacity of your current electrical panel. If your breakers seem like they are constantly tripping, it is a good indicator that your panel likely isn't equipped to handle the amount of power your home requires, and it could be time to consider upgrading.
Anytime you are looking to install a new HVAC system, a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, or other energy demanding appliance, it is a good idea to take stock of your current electrical panel is consider whether or not your existing panel is going to be able to cope with the new energy demands of your home. Most modern appliances require a bit more energy to run than older models, and if your old electrical panel isn't able to deal with this increased demand, you will likely find yourself with constantly tripping breakers, and you could even wind up overloading your panel entirely.