Every watt of power that runs your home passes through your electrical panel. It’s something that needs to work all of the time to keep the lights on and your home safe from electrical risks. To ensure that it does so reliably, you’ll have to watch for any signs that it could be time to upgrade your home’s electrical panel. Some signs include:
You Live in an Older Home
There are plenty of good things to say about older homes, but their electrical systems rarely make that list. Electrical panels are among the most overlooked parts of any home, so there’s a decent chance that neither you nor the previous homeowner thought to upgrade it.
The real problem here comes from the fact that many electrical panels last 30, 40, or even 50 years without any catastrophic failure. Even though it hasn’t broken down, an aging panel should be upgraded to meet the latest safety standards and reduce the risk of electrical fires.
You’re Always Tripping Breakers
Your circuit breakers are an important part of how your electrical panel protects your home. They’re only supposed to trip when something is wrong, and a circuit is drawing too much power. If they’re always tripping, you’re always drawing too much power.
This likely means that you need an electrical panel upgrade to add more electrical capacity to your home. While having a backup generator is a good idea, you should take action to make sure your home’s electrical system is reliable and capable of handling your power needs.
You’re Getting a New HVAC System
Renovations and other major changes to your home, like a new HVAC system, could be a reason to get an electrical panel upgrades. Your current panel might not be able to keep up with the increased demand from major new appliances.
Any kind of major addition to your home should entail an inspection of your electrical panel to see if it has enough capacity. This need for inspections is especially true for renovations, new HVAC systems, electric vehicle chargers, as well as other types of installations.
You Notice Signs of Electrical Problems
If your home is starting to have serious electrical problems, it could be due to a faulty electrical panel. You should find out whether you need a panel upgrades if you notice:
- Unexplained burning smells
- Sparking outlets
- Frequently tripping breakers
- Flickering lights
- Rust or corrosion on the panel
- Strange sounds from the panel
In addition, be on the lookout for any other problems you notice with anything electrical in your home.
Professional Electrical Panel Upgrades
If you think it might be time for an electrical panel upgrade for your home, you can reach out to Cascade Mechanical today. Our team is ready to help with any of your residential electrical needs.