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3 Reasons You May Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade

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If you spot these signs, it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade.

Your electrical panel is the center of your home’s electrical system, distributing power to various circuits throughout your house. Over time, however, this crucial component may become outdated or insufficient for your electrical needs. Ensuring your electrical panel functions optimally is essential for safety and efficiency. Here are three key reasons you might need an electrical panel upgrade from your licensed electrician at Professional Electric Inc.

The Panel is Between 25 and 40 Years Old

Like most components of your home, electrical panels have a finite lifespan. If your panel is between 25 and 40 years old, it’s likely due for an upgrade. Here’s why:

  • Wear and Tear: Electrical panels can experience wear and tear over decades of use, affecting their performance. Aging panels might not efficiently handle the electrical demands of modern homes, increasing the risk of electrical issues.
  • Outdated Technology: Older panels were not designed to support many electronic devices and appliances commonly found in today’s homes. Upgrading ensures your system can handle contemporary electrical loads safely and reliably.
  • Safety Concerns: Electrical panels aged 25-40 years old may not meet current safety standards. Upgrading to a new panel can mitigate risks associated with outdated or faulty equipment, reducing the chance of electrical fires or other hazards.

A New Appliance is Introduced to the Electrical System

Adding a new, high-power appliance to your home can significantly impact your electrical system. Whether it’s a new air conditioner, an electric vehicle charger, or a modern kitchen appliance, here’s why an electrical panel upgrade might be necessary:

  • Increased Load: New appliances often require more power than older ones. If your current panel isn’t equipped to handle this increased load, it can lead to frequent tripping of circuit breakers or even potential damage to the electrical system.
  • Dedicated Circuits: Some appliances require dedicated circuits to operate safely and efficiently. Upgrading your panel ensures you have the necessary capacity and proper setup for these dedicated circuits, preventing overloads.
  • Optimized Performance: A new, upgraded electrical panel can provide the consistent power supply needed for modern appliances to function optimally, enhancing their performance and longevity.

There Are Clear Signs of Faulty Wiring

Faulty wiring is a serious issue that can pose significant safety risks. If you notice any of the following signs, it may indicate the need for an electrical panel upgrade:

  • Frequent Trips: If your circuit breakers trip often, it could indicate that your panel is struggling to keep up with the electrical demand or has an underlying wiring issue.
  • Flickering Lights: Flickering or dimming lights often indicate wiring problems or an overloaded panel. This is especially concerning if it occurs when using multiple appliances simultaneously.
  • Burning Smells or Scorch Marks: If you detect burning smells, scorch marks, or any signs of heat around your electrical panel, it’s a critical sign that immediate attention is needed to prevent potential fire hazards.
  • Sparks or Buzzing Sounds: Any sparking or buzzing noises coming from your electrical panel are clear indicators of serious wiring issues that require professional assessment and likely an upgrade.

Scheduling an electric panel upgrade is a proactive step to ensure the safety and reliability of your electrical system. If you’re experiencing any of these situations, don’t hesitate to contact Professional Electric Inc., Our expert team is here to provide comprehensive assessments and high-quality upgrades. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or to learn more about our services!

Call Professional Electric, Inc. for Electrical Services in Crofton

Our family-owned and operated business has earned the trust of the Crofton community since 1990. Our team of friendly and expert electricians is licensed, bonded, and insured. From electric panel upgrades to lighting installations, and all other electrical services and repairs in between, you can count on Professional Electric to get it done safely and skillfully. Further, our dedicated electricians are standing by 24/7 for your emergency electrical situations. We proudly serve customers in Annapolis, Severna Park, Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Bowie, Stevensville, Mitchellville, Millersville, Cape St Claire, the surrounding Southern Maryland area, and beyond. To find out more information on our wide range of electrical services, or to get a free estimate from our master electricians, contact us at our website or call 410‐451‐8085, 301‐390‐7620, or 443‐871‐1492. For more ways to stay connected, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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