Do I Need to Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

Whether you own a home or a business, there may come a time when you need to upgrade your electrical panel. Over time, your electrical panel and wiring can degrade. The wiring may not be able to support today’s technology, especially since appliances and electronics can use a lot of power. You might also want to enhance your energy savings or pay extra attention to electrical safety.

Here are some of the top signs you need to upgrade your electrical panel:

  • Your electrical panel can’t keep up with demand: Buildings that were constructed 100 years ago could not have predicted the electrical load today’s technology demands. If you’re living or working in an older building, your electrical panel probably needs some help.
  • You’ve noticed visible wear and tear: Keep an eye on your electric panel. If you notice any corrosion or other visible damage, have your electrical panel upgraded as soon as possible. You might be able to replace it, but upgrading your electrical panel is usually the best option. Your electrician can advise you as to which is most prudent for your building and electrical needs.
  • The panel still uses fuses: Fuse systems are not as reliable nor as safe as modern circuit breakers. Extremely old buildings may still use fuses. In that case, it’s advisable to upgrade your electrical panel as soon as possible.
  • There’s no main shutoff breaker: Some buildings lack a main shutoff breaker, which allows you to cut off power to the entire building at once. This is an important safety feature. Buildings that lack main shutoff breakers should be upgraded to an electrical panel right away.
  • You have multiple subpanels: Sometimes, rather than one main electrical panel, your building will have a hodgepodge of subpanels. Updating your electrical system to one main electrical panel makes it easier for electricians to organize and assist with multiple circuits.
  • The breakers trip frequently: When your breakers frequently trip for no good reason, it’s time to call your electrician. First they’ll inspect your building to make sure the breaker isn’t tripping for another reason. If there are no other problems with your wiring, they’ll advise that you upgrade the panel right away.
  • The wiring is old and outdated: Sometimes your wiring is just so old and outdated that it’s time to upgrade, even if the rest of the problems on this list haven’t occurred. Ask your electrician how well the wiring has aged and whether they advise that you get an upgrade.
  • You’ve noticed light, heat or humming and buzzing noises: If you notice issues with your lights, excessive heat or strange noises coming from your electrical devices, it may be time to upgrade your electrical panel. Even if these issues aren’t directly related to the panel itself, it may indicate that both your wiring and panel need assistance.

Whether you need upgrades to your electrical panel, assistance with lighting design or wiring for new construction, the team at Box Electric Company can help. Call us today to learn more about our residential and commercial services.