When it comes to your electrical panel, you may not know when or why it needs to be replaced. In fact, electrical panels don’t usually give off obvious warning signs; nor do they have expiration dates that will clearly tell you when it’s time for a replacement.
And the last thing you want to do is wait until an emergency or fire happens, or the entire electrical panel fails to work altogether.
To help you figure out if now’s the time to upgrade your electrical panel, here are some factors that commonly trigger the need for panel replacements.
The most common reason that an electrical panel will go bad and need to be replaced is age. An electrical panel should last roughly 20 to 30 years.
So, if you have moved into a house that is older than that and the electrical panel is original, you may experience issues with it soon. If you have been in your home at least that long and haven’t replaced your panel, its age will surely catch up with it soon.
To get a rough estimate of your electrical panel’s age, check if it:
- Uses fuses instead of breakers
- Shows any signs of rust or corrosion
- Is compliant with standard local codes like it should be
If your panel uses fuses, is corroding, or is not compliant with local codes, it’s likely time for an upgrade.
New Appliances & Evolving Electricity Needs
Another common cause for electrical panel problems and malfunctions arises from modern appliances and electricity needs. The modern home simply uses more electricity today than it did just a few decades ago.
While we simply have more appliances to power, those appliances may also require more amps than what their past counterparts did.
So, if you have just remodeled a home, added an addition, or installed all new appliances, you may notice your electrical panel starting to experience issues. If you are demanding more power than it can handle, you will trip the circuits more and more.
Need Expert Advice & Help? Contact Lon Lockwood Electric
An experienced electrician at Lon Lockwood Electric can easily determine the age of your electrical panel or determine what may be causing the issues you are dealing with. Once we assess the causes of your electrical panel problems, we can recommend a safe, affordable, compliant solution so you can go back to enjoying your home.
To request any electrical service for your home, just call (585) 766-4702 or contact Lon Lockwood online now.