Whether you just built your home, or your home is decades old, you will eventually need to change out your electrical panel. Electrical panel/Service upgrades are needed when your existing panel/service has the potential to cause issues. These issues can range from consistent circuit overloads to dangerous electrical fires. It is important to have your panel inspected and replaced as soon as you start noticing issues.
Many older homes do not have adequate amperage or are lacking in breaker spaces, which can lead to serious problems and safety concerns. New appliances and home updates require higher electricity capacities and operating your home on an outdated panel can be very dangerous. Even if your panel is not causing issues, if you know your panel is outdated it is always a good idea to have it updated. Not only will your home be much safer, but your appliances and electrical systems will run much more efficiently.
At Asset Electrical, we have years of experience upgrading electrical panels and services in and around the Charlotte area. Not only can we help with upgrading your panel to handle your home’s electrical capacity and improve your home’s safety, but we can also help identify issues with your electrical panel and select the right panel for your upgrade.
Here is what you need to know about electrical panel upgrades and how Asset Electrical can help.
Signs It is Time to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel or Service
There are quite a few signs that tell us that it is time to upgrade your panel or service, but one of the most obvious signs it is time to upgrade is simply the age of your panel. Many older homes still have 60-amp panels/service, while most modern appliances and electrical systems require at least 200-amp panel/service to run efficiently.
It is common in older panels to combine circuits, which adds unnecessary strain to your panel. This electrical overload leads to issues with electrical efficiency and can lead to dangerous electrical problems in your home. Most large appliances require a dedicated breaker, and with older panels often having far fewer breakers than newer ones, breakers may be used for multiple appliances, which overloads the system and causes serious safety concerns.
In addition to being outdated, here are a few additional common signs that it is time to upgrade your electrical panel:
- Lights flicker when turning appliances on
- Frequent loss of power
- Current panel is rated at 100 amps or less
- Additions to your home or upgrading your appliances
- Additional outlets or light fixtures installed
- Additions to your home
- Screw in fuse panels
- If your existing panel is a Federal Pacific or Zinsco
- Frequent tripping of breakers, indicating too many circuits attached
If you are experiencing even one of these issues, it may be time for a panel upgrade. Before the situation gets even worse, contact the team at Asset Electrical for an inspection and electrical panel consultation.
Finding and Choosing the Right Panel for Your Home
As we mentioned, most modern homes require an electrical panel rated at a minimum of 200 amps for basic electrical needs. For modern appliances, additions to your home, and features in your home that draw a lot of power, you may need even more than that. The first thing you should do when considering an upgrade is to look at your current panel and search for a new panel with at least 200 amps.
Second, you need to ensure that there are enough breakers and circuits to accommodate all your home’s electrical needs. If you have an older panel that is using the same breaker for multiple circuit connections, it may be difficult to determine how many connections you need. That is where the team at Asset Electrical comes in. We can perform a full-service inspection to determine if your electrical panel needs replaced and what kind of electrical panel will meet your home’s needs.