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How to find out if you need a service panel upgrade:
If you live in an older model home, then it is very likely that it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel. As technology continues to change, we find ourselves using more and more wattage daily. So if your home is being powered by an old school service panel that was made to accommodate much less wattage, then you’re at risk of having electrical panel problems.
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Today, we use a lot more electronics, including computers, televisions, radios and other devices. Our home eats up plenty of electricity, especially since a lot of the electronics are connected 24 hours a day. Simply put, if your home is older than 20 years old and has never had a service panel upgrade, then you should look into upgrading your service panel.
If you currently have extensions cords plugged in, so that you can connect multiple devices into one receptacle, this could be a fire hazard. This is especially so if you have an older electrical panel.
You may have an outdated and unsafe electric panel in your home.
Check your service panel to see how many amps it has. If it is less than 200 amps and has screw-in fuses, then it is time to have an upgrade. If you are using a power strip to run electricity through your home, this is another sure sign that it’s time to do a panel upgrade for your property – not to mention this can be hazardous. If you have an older service panel with screw-in fuses, most insurance companies won’t provide you with coverage unless you have it updated. Another way to know if it’s time is if you have to turn off one appliance in the room to use another. For instance, you have to unplug the microwave in order to use your blender, in order to avoid a power surge or a tripped breaker.
On the other hand, if you live in a newer model home and find that your service panel is constantly tripping, then you should have a licensed electrician come to check it out. It could be something minor or it could be time for an upgraded service box.
Hiring an Electrician for a Service Panel Upgrade
You should never try replacing a electrical service panel on your own. If you are interested in upgrading your panel box, you should search around for a local licensed electrician to do the job for you. There are certain requirements that must be met by the county and electricians will know how to abide by them. The last thing you need is to be fined or worse, have your home burnt to the ground because your service panel isn’t wired according to code. A lot of the older service panels are inadequate for today’s living, so if you’re not sure how old your panel is, you can have an electrician come to inspect it. Most electrical panels are good for about 20 to 25 years, so if it is close to or older than that, then it’s time to get an electrical panel upgrade.