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Should I upgrade my electrical panel?

You may not have thought about upgrading your electrical panel, but it’s worth considering. As technology advances and constant upgrades are available for the products we use, your current electrical system may not be able to handle the increased load. This can impact the performance of your HVAC system, appliances, and devices, increase your energy bills, and worst of all, compromise your family’s safety. If your electrical panel is more than 40 years old, it’s a good idea to consider an upgrade.

Here are some signs that it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel:

• Your circuit breaker frequently trips or fuses blow
• Your electrical bills have sharply increased (outside of seasonal energy peaks)
• Flickering lights or lights dim when larger appliances kick on
• Sparks when you plug into an outlet
• Burning smell
• Electrical cords that feel warm
• Your existing system no longer meets local code requirements
• You plan to remodel or sell your home

Most of the above are symptoms that you need to upgrade your electrical panel. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away and could result in arcing, overheating, or igniting a fire. You also won’t be able to fully appreciate any upgrades to devices or appliances because your existing electrical system can’t handle them. Moreover, our home may not pass an inspection for a potential buyer or accommodate amenities you plan to add during a remodel. If you need more incentive, an upgraded electrical panel will lower your energy bills because your HVAC system, appliances, and devices won’t have to work as hard.

If you think it’s time to upgrade or replace your electrical panel, contact your trusted electrical services partner – Safe Electric. One of our licensed electricians can inspect your home’s electrical system and make recommendations. We also replace outlets and ceiling fans, along with addressing other residential electrical problems. Contact us at 614-267-4111 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment.