You may not give much thought to the inner workings of your home’s electrical system, but you should for the sake of your safety, your family’s safety and also so you understand your electrical needs and energy usage. It is fairly typical to just turn the lights on and forget about your electrical system altogether. Most people actually never give any thought at all to how it all works until there is a problem. Whether there is a problem with your electrical panel or not, you should know about the particular one in your home. This is especially true if you have just moved in and are not sure of the electrical panel’s age.
The panel is essentially the box or brain that feed electricity to all of the circuits in your home. These circuits distribute electricity throughout the home. These individual circuits will be labeled so you know what switch is to what room or area of the house. Most electrical panels will have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years without problem or fail. However, a change in switching from fuses to circuits took place years ago. If your home was built more than 35 years ago, you may find you trip or blow fuses more and more. This is because electrical panels from this time-frame simply are not equipped to meet the needs of the modern household and appliances. If it is older than 20 or 30 years, you may want to consider replacing the electrical panel.
While you may know the ins and outs of your particular electrical panel, new or old, it is never recommended that you work on it by yourself. The amount of electricity that is handled by your electrical panel is more than enough to cause serious harm and even death if you do not know what you are doing. Only a trained professional electrician should handle your electrical panel needs. It really is a matter of safety and common sense.
If your electrical panel is old or you have noticed it simply isn’t able to do the job of keeping up with your modern electrical needs, it may be imperative that you replace it. A skilled electrician from Lon Lockwood Electric is fully able to replace or test your electrical panel to see if replacement is advisable.