4 Signs That You Need a Panel Upgrade
Your electrical system is an extremely important part of your home, and keeping it reliable and safe to use is one of your biggest priorities. Your home's electrical panel is the heart of the system. It's the electricity's first stop upon arrival to your home, and it's what distributes that electricity throughout every part of your home. If your electrical panel is old, outdated, or not built to handle the amount of electricity you use in your home, it will cause a number of frustrating or dangerous problems.
At Seattle Electricians Today, our professional electricians can help you ensure that your home's electrical system is always totally safe and dependable. We can help you decide if it's time to upgrade your panel, and we can handle every aspect of the job.
If you're unsure of whether or not it's time to upgrade your home's panel, look out for these tale-tell signs:
Your Home Uses a Fuse Box
If you have a fuse panel instead of circuit breakers and an electrical panel, you probably need to have your panel upgraded. While fuse boxes are technically safe and operational, they're also outdated. They were common in homes built before 1960, but most homeowners rely on much more electricity than was commonly used in that time.
Because of the amount of electricity used in modern homes, it's recommended that you have a fuse box upgraded.
If you notice lights dimming or flickering, you get shocked by any appliances, you detect any burning smells near appliances, of you noticed discolored power outlets around your home, your wiring is likely outdated.
If you're planning to remodel your home any time in the near future, you should consider whether you need to have your panel upgraded first. If you're building anything onto your home, you may need more than the standard 100 or 150 amps of power in your home. Any new major appliances can also put too much of a burden on your electrical panel.
Frequently Tripping Breakers
If your breakers trip frequently, it means that your system is being overloaded on a regular basis. Before you go back to switch the breaker on again, contact our professional electricians. We'll be able to help you ensure that your electrical system is both safe and reliable.