Top Ways to Know When Your Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade

As a homeowner, you have many responsibilities. You need to make sure that the yard is kept up well, and you have to pay the bills on time. You also must ensure that the electric in your home is safe. Problems with the electrical system could lead to electrocution or a fire. One way to better protect your home is to upgrade the electrical panel.

Keep in mind that you should never attempt this project or any other electric work by yourself. For example, even if you think you have turned off the power, you might not have. Working with a professional electrician is necessary. Knowing some of the indications that your electrical panel may need an upgrade can inspire you to make the call.

1. Your house is old.

While the age of your house is not necessarily an indication of the age of the electrical system, the two are often correlated. It is possible that a previous owner updated the system. However, if you are unsure or if the house has been in the family for many decades, the time has likely come for this type of electrical work. Older electrical systems could pose a greater threat to safety.

2. You don't have enough amps.

Many homes these days are upgraded to have 200 amps. Houses have a great number of appliances in modern times, and in order to run efficiently, you likely need to upgrade your house. Older homes that haven't been upgraded also tend not to have 200 amps. Having this work done could be particularly useful if you are planning to sell your house in the near future. Take a look at listings, and you may notice that homes with 200 amps tend to have higher selling prices.

3. You're selling your house.

In other words, if you're looking into putting your house up on the market, upgrading the panel is not a bad idea. This electric work could help you to improve the desirability of the house, thereby increasing the amount of money that you can get for it. Speaking with an expert in local real estate can help you to gauge just how much this upgrade might make you.

4. You've just moved into a new home.

Chances are that you had the electric checked out before you purchased the home. While you might have brushed some issues aside at that time, you should now work on making the new place as safe as possible for your loved ones.

5. Your panel is not up to code.

Electrical work has to be done in accordance with the National Electrical Code. If you had work done on your house before the most recent version of the code was released, your panel may then not be up to code. Codes are set for the safety of homes and the safety of the people living in them. Calling in a qualified electrician can help you get your home up to the latest safety standards.

6. The breakers keep tripping.

If you're finding that you need to run down to the basement to flip the breakers on a regular basis, a problem likely exists. While using too much electric is a problem that many homeowners encounter once in a rare while, it should not be happening all of the time. Upgrading the panel can make your home more equipped to handle the appliances that you use.

7. Lights are blinking.

Noticing that lights are blinking all over the house should raise some concerns. The issue might have to do with the panel, or the reason may have another electrical origin. In either cases, this issue is not one that you want to let linger, so you should call an electrician to take a look.

8. Lights are dimming.

When you turn on the air conditioner in the bedroom or run the washing machine, you might notice that lights in another part of the house temporarily dim. By getting the panel inspected, you can work to prevent this issue from happening.

9. You smell smoke.

In the event that you smell smoke anywhere in your house, you need to contact the fire department. If you notice that the smell is coming from the circuit box, you should also contact an electrician once it is safe to do so.

10. The breakers are broken.

Circuit breakers are important because they can prevent serious electrical issues from coming to fruition in your house. You might think that one broken breaker isn't a problem, but it can actually be a huge deal. Take the time to have this issue resolved immediately.

11. The panel was poorly installed in the past.

Whether you have suspected a problem with the installation or an unqualified person did the work for you, you don't want to let such an important part of the house sit in this condition. Get the necessary upgrades to make your home safer.

This panel plays a significant role when it comes to safety. Instead of taking any risks, call Beacon Electrical Services to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

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