While you should never ever attempt to repair or install an electrical panel on your own, there are things you can do or should be aware of to prevent future problems with your electrical panel.
The main thing you, as a homeowner, can do to prevent electrical panel problems is to know the age and condition of your electrical panel. If you are new to the home, you can check with the previous owners or ask whoever handled their electrical work if they know when the panel was installed. Knowing the age will give you an indication of when you may need to replace it.
You should also know how much electricity your electrical panel is capable of handling and just how much you are demanding from the system. Our modern lifestyles and ever-increasing need to acquire more appliances that may not have existed a few decades ago has taken its toll on what older electrical panels can handle. If you are installing appliances you didn’t have when the panel was installed, such as a garbage disposal, dishwasher, spa or garden tub, warming drawers in the kitchen, our any of the countless options we have today, you will want to be sure your current electrical panel is up for the challenge.
The best way to prevent any electrical panel problems from becoming major issues or a safety hazard is to upgrade when necessary. Anytime you increase your demand for electricity or energy, you should make the necessary investment to be sure the systems you rely on can handle the increase in demand. An upgrade to the actual electrical panel should include an upgraded meter, sockets, and possible rewiring also. While these upgrades may sound like quite an investment, they are worth every penny as your systems run smoothly and without worry. You will be ensuring that the safety of your home and family is set and that the electrical demands you make on your home are being met. The alternative to being proactive and making the necessary upgrades or improvements may mean putting your entire family and property at risk.
Contact Lon Lockwood Electric about ways to further be proactive and help prevent electrical panel problems from becoming big problems.