It is important for the safety and security of your home, and your own comfort, that you know how to best keep your electrical system and electric panel up to date. In order to know whether you need an upgrade or not and how to catch the warning signs before they cause problems, read on.
Get To Know Your Electrical System And Electric Panel
Your electric panel is at the heart of your electrical system, which keeps the electricity in your home flowing smoothly and safely. Your electric panel determines how much power is available for circuits to deliver to every outlet, appliance, and light in your home. In order to ensure your home can be efficiently powered, it is important to upgrade your panel, replace the existing meter and circuit breaker box, or replace the electric panel and any circuit breakers which have become worn out, obsolete, or potentially dangerous.
Electric Panels In Older Homes Need To Be Updated For Safety
If an electrical system is too old, out of date, or worn down, it can actually be a safety hazard. Many older homes were not built to accommodate the electricity-heavy lifestyles of the modern day. They were often designed with only 30, 50, or 60 amps and a small number of circuits. A circuit consists of all of the outlets linked to a single wire operated by one circuit breaker or fuse. Circuit breakers protect your home by tripping and turning off in cases of electricity overload to prevent overheating and fires from sparking. In many older electrical systems, circuit breakers don’t trip, making electrical fires more likely.
Signs It’s Time To Update Your Electric Panel
If you experience certain electrical problems such as circuit breakers that trip frequently, your lights dim when you use other appliances, you have to use extension cords or adapters regularly, your circuit breaker panel is older than 25-40 years old, or you use appliances which utilize a lot of power, your system will most likely need an upgrade to handle the additional usage.
Get In Touch With Haramis Electric Today
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