You’ve probably seen your electrical panel many times before and rarely paid attention to it. Usually, the panel consists of a grey box that hangs on a wall. These particular panels are traditionally within the basement of many homes. Most panels have a little door on the front that consists of switches called breakers. Homeowners rarely pay attention to their electric panels unless they experience issues. With that said, here are three common signs that your electric panels need to be upgraded.
Electric Panel Issue #1: Tripping Circut Breakers
Circuit breakers trip when there are inconsistencies within the electrical flow. Circuit breakers automatically shut off if there is an issue is detected. You should consider updating your electrical panel if you go to your breaker box whenever you use multiple appliances like a hairdryer, microwave, and toaster. Using this many appliances at the same time can pose a safety hazard. If your electric panels fail, you will experience this particular issue.
Electrical Panel Issue #2: Older Properties
Many homeowners often live in older homes. These properties often are more outdated than their contemporary counterparts. With that said, your old home might contain an older electrical panel. For example, in past decades, a simple 60-amp panel could power an entire home. Nowadays, Americans possess more electronic devices than ever, meaning electricity is needed more than ever. Most modern homes in 2022 use a 100-200-amp electrical panel.
Electrical Panel Issue #3: Antiquated Equipment
You should strongly consider panel upgrades for homes built 40-50 years ago. Back then, most electrical panels used fuse systems instead of circuit breakers. Many of these particular fuse systems were highly unsafe. Instead of just tripping a circuit breaker, they would blow, melt, or short-circuit when the fuses got overloaded. As a result, this caused a fair bit of damage and frequently caught fire.
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