Most homes have their electric panel tucked away in the garage or the basement, so it’s easy for it to be out-of-sight-and-out-of-mind. That is until something goes wrong with the power in your home. An electric panel upgrade in your Crofton home may be necessary if any of these following factors apply. Eventually, every home will require an electric panel upgrade to keep your property safe and efficient, and these signs can tell you it’s time to contact Professional Electric!
You Know It’s Old
Electric panels (also called breaker boxes, service panels, load centers, breaker panels, etc.) should be replaced after every 20 to 30 years. Sometimes, an electric panel upgrade may even be required sooner, depending on the condition of the box. If you know you live in an old home and the electric panel has not been touched in several years, it could be time to look into an upgrade.
Breakers Trip Frequently
Breakers tripping frequently is more than an inconvenience to reset the circuit. This could be a sign that something is flawed with your home’s electrical system. Over time, wire connections can loosen, become exposed, and otherwise corrode. Another reason for frequent breaker tripping is overloading the circuits. These are dangerous scenarios to ignore, so you should schedule an electrician to upgrade your electric panel.
Electric Panel Feels Warm
It’s true that when electricity transmits, this creates heat. However, properly functioning electric panels and wiring are designed to contain this residual heat. Therefore, if the panel feels noticeably warm to the touch, it could point to bigger issues. You may even notice a burning smell or see scorch marks, which are also red flags for electrical fire hazards.
The Lights Dim
Whenever the lights or lamps are on, do you notice the lightbulb dimming when you use another device or appliance? Your current electric panel may be struggling to meet your household’s increased electricity demands. The lights should not dim or flicker when you start using other items that require power, say a hairdryer, vacuum, or microwave. The unintended light dimming could be a sign it’s time for an electric panel upgrade in your Crofton home.
Need a Reliable and Experienced Electrician? Call Professional Electric Inc.
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.
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