There are many reasons to upgrade your existing panel ranging from having an outdated fuse panel that does not meet today’s high safety standards or your panel is more than 20 years old. Many insurance companies will not renew your insurance policy if your home has a fuse panel. Below is a list of reasons to upgrade your electrical panel.
Reasons to Upgrade your Panel:
- “You have a fuse panel. Fuse panels are outdated and pose a high risk of electrical fire in your home. It may be difficult renewing your insurance policy because most insurance companies will request you to upgrade to a Circuit Breaker Panel.
- Your panel is more than 20 years old. Electrical panels and breakers are in constant use causing wear and tear over time. When electricity passes through the breaker, there is a temperature change from cold to hot causing the hard plastic enclosure to become brittle and deteriorate.
- You need a sub-panel installed.
- You are renovating your home. This is the perfect and most economical time to upgrade your panel.
- You want to increase the capacity of your electrical system for the future.
- Your fuses or circuit breakers are constantly blowing/tripping. There is too much demand for your electrical system to handle or there is a fault in your circuit/appliance.
- You have doubled up circuits. When there is no more room in the panel to add another circuit breaker, someone may put two circuits into one breaker. This is against code and an electrical hazard that should be fixed.
- You hear crackling noise from your electrical panel. Faulty breakers and loose connections caused by corrosion can create this noise. This is an electrical hazard.
- You want to increase the value of your home. Having a circuit breaker panel that is up to code will definitely be add to your home’s value when it comes time to sell.
If any of these reasons apply to you, your home may be in need of a service panel upgrade. Call us today to allow one of our professional technicians inspect your panel and give you a free quote. We will also perform a Free Home Safety Check-up to ensure your home is up to code and safe.