Electrical Panel Replacement
When is it time to replace your home’s electrical panel? If you are like many of us, you probably don’t think about your electrical panel unless you need to flip a circuit breaker. However, the electrical panel is an important part of your home’s electrical system. Here’s a quick list to help you decide if it’s time to think about replacing it.
1. Age: Electrical panels can last anywhere from 25 to 40 years. However, useful, safe operation can vary due to power surges, general use, and even manufacturer issues. To ensure your panel is operating as expected, an electrical inspection for your home is recommended once a year. If your panel has fuse technology instead of circuit breakers, that’s also a sign that it is probably time for an electrical panel replacement. Many insurance companies will charge a penalty if you have an outdated panel with fuses.
2. Smell: If there is any kind of burning smell near your electrical panel, it is always better to have it inspected by a qualified technician to ensure that it is still operating safely. A qualified technician can advise you on repairs needed or let you know it's time for an electrical panel replacement.
3. Tripping Breakers: Circuit breakers are designed to turn off the flow of electricity on circuits that are drawing too much power. If breakers trip often, it could be a sign that you have an increased load and need to upgrade your panel.
4. Home Upgrades: Home improvement projects often include changes to the demand on the electrical system like adding new outlets or appliances. An increased electricity demand could be a reason to for an electrical panel replacement with additional circuits.
5. Heat: Electrical panels should not be warm to the touch. Heat coming from a panel could indicate an issue that needs to be inspected by a qualified technician immediately. The technician can do a complete inspection and advise if it is time for an electrical panel replacement.
6. Overall Condition- If you have a rusty electrical panel, it is an indication that your panel has come in contact with water. In addition to replacing your panel, you will also want to find the source of the water and address that issue as well.
7. Noise: If you hear buzzing or hissing sounds, it’s time for an inspection by a qualified professional. What could be a simple fix such as a bad wire or loose connection, if left unaddressed, can cause further damage to your panel. This could result in an electrical panel replacement and wiring replacement.
8. Flickering Lights- Do your lights flicker every time you vacuum your home? If you notice frequently flickering lights during daily activities around your home, it may mean it’s time for an upgrade to handle the increased power draw.
Electrical Maintenance Inspection
At Central Carolina, we recommend an electrical inspection service once a year to ensure your home's electrical system is working as expected. In a Central Carolina electrical services inspection, you can expect us to check your panel and do an infra-red scan to look for hot spots. We will tighten all electrical connections. We inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in proper working order and within their useful lifespan. We will test your outlets and provide you with any recommendations for service to keep your home running and your power on.