The Electricians at Penna Electric Will Upgrade Your Electrical Panel to Handle Increased Power Demands in Your Home
The electrical panels and fuseboxes, sometimes called a breaker box or electrical service panel, is the main hub through which electricity flows into your home or office. It’s the first stop electricity makes from the outside power distribution grid into your home or business. If you envision electricity as the nerve impulses that drive the functioning of the various electrical appliances that help your household run smoothly, then your electric service panel is your home’s brain.
Electrical panels require work that should be completed by a licensed electrical contractor. Penna Electric’s qualified electricians can do the job more efficiently and safely than anyone who is not certified and qualified to do the job. Local licensed electricians have the experience and skill to get the electrical panel or fuse box installation done correctly the first time. They also know how to coordinate with local building authorities and power company regulations. Do-it-yourself electrical projects can lead to badly designed systems and faulty wiring that cause dangerously high current loads and quite possibly extensive damage or death.
Should I Have My Electrical Service Panel Upgraded?
You should get an electrical service panel upgrade if your current one is more than 20 years old, especially if you have replaced older appliances with new appliances. Newer appliances have different electrical needs. Older panels often do not meet updated safety standards for UL-approved electrical codes, increasing the risk of electrocution and fires. Additionally, constant shortages can damage sensitive electronics like computers, HDTVs and entertainment systems in your home.
Upgrades to electrical panels are also a good idea if you’re considering selling your home. Many insurance companies may deny insurance coverage to homes using an older fusebox. Most times, they will only sign off on a sale if an outdated fusebox is replaced with an electrical panel.
How Much Do Electrical Panel Upgrades Cost?
Costs for upgrading to electrical panels vary according to the type, size and installation method used to install the panel. It will typically cost more to install an electric service panel in a larger home because larger structures demand higher amp usage than smaller ones. Removal of old electrical panels can cause minor stucco work which, in most cases, would be handled in house. The amount of circuits have increased through the years due to all the high amp usage devices and appliances we use in today’s modern home.
Upgrading the Amperage in Your Home
Replacing old electrical panels with new ones does not necessarily mean you are required to increase amp usage from your home. Most people choose to raise the amperage to 200 amp because the convenience of modern living is enhanced by the use of different types of appliances.
A licensed electrical contractor is the best resource to help you calculate your household’s amperage needs. Keep in mind, however, that if the circuit amperage exceeds the size of the electrical panel or electrical fuse, it will trigger the new circuit to turn off.
A Fuse Box Versus A Breaker Panel
Before the 1960’s, most homes got their electricity through a fuse box typically containing four fuses that screwed in and out. These fuses were metal strips that melted at a lower temperature than the other wiring components in a circuit and acted as a protective mechanism when current usage threatened to overpower the circuit. Fuses were most often blown out by short circuits and the simultaneous operation of too many appliances for a single circuit.
Fuses are rated by wire size, and many South Bay homeowners ended up creating problems for themselves by inserting wrong-sized fuses into fuse boxes. The fuse box has largely been replaced by the electrical breaker panel in more modern homes that you see being built today. Electrical panels literally cut off the flow of electricity whenever it exceeds a safe level so that the temperature in your home’s wiring does not overheat to dangerous levels that might possibly cause a hazard. Some homes may have a recalled or defective breaker panel that won’t protect your home when the current exceeds it’s maximum rating causing the wiring to heat up to dangerous levels.
The electricians at Penna Electric can inspect your home’s electrical system, identify your electrical needs for safety to lower energy costs, and provide your home with whatever type of local electrical service panel upgrades it may need to be up to modern day codes and standards.
How do I know if my Electrical panel should be replaced?
Light flickering, loss of power, are signs of electrical power issues. A panel 15 or more years old are known to have issues. Beach city areas are more prone to corrosion inside and outside of an electrical main meter panel. This corrosion can cause bad connection to internal hardware bussing and other internal parts. This is also known as pitting; resulting in heating-up and melting of either the metal parts and/or circuit breakers causing a hazard.
While electrical repairs do require the knowledge and experience of a professional electrician, there are numerous ways you can help to properly maintain the electrical system in your home in order to prevent damage and keep things running smoothly.