Your electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system. It’s where everything comes together, where power is safely distributed to where it needs to go, and where things are continuously monitored to ensure optimal safety. However, your electrical panel isn’t something that you can install and forget for decades. Much like your heart, it needs to be checked at regular intervals, and even needs replacement or upgrading, which is something that’s easier done with your electrical panel than your heart. Still, it’s not a trivial matter.
That’s why you should call in the experts, such as EVSOL Energy. Our Master Electricians are well qualified and experienced to minutely inspect your electrical panel, as well as your entire home electrical system to detect any faults and shortcomings, and propose viable, cost-effective, and long-term solutions. Give us a call and we’ll swing by to take a look. In the meantime, give this article a read to identify some common factors that signal it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade – and do be sure to call us for that upgrade. You won’t regret it!
The Sheer Age Factor
If you’re buying a home that’s thirty, forty or even over fifty years old, you should pay particular attention to the age of the electrical panel. Is it the same age as the house? This consideration should also be undertaken on your own home, if the electrical panel is a couple or more decades old. The lifespan of an electrical panel is typically 25 years, and some even say 50 years, but let’s not forget that things age and become less sensitive over time, as well as the fact that our electricity volumes have massively increased over the past twenty years thanks to our connected and smart lifestyles, plus the advent of electric cars and rooftop solar panels.
Installing a Level 2 EV Charger
Have you just bought an electric vehicle and are planning on installing a Level 2 EV Charger to help juice it up quicker? By the way, we’re experts in installation and maintenance of Level 2 EV Chargers and can secure you a competitive price by leveraging our relationships with the major Level 2 EV Charger manufacturers. Just saying. If you’re planning on installing one of these, you need an electrical panel with a minimum rating of 200A, whilst most older electrical panels are rated at 120A or even 60A in very old homes.
Breakers Keep Tripping
Do you encounter breakers tripping on a frequent basis, either when you’ve switched on a lot of electrically demanding stuff such as a gaming PC or home theatre entertainment system? More worryingly, do you find random breakers tripping for no apparent reason, sometimes even when there’s nothing plugged into those circuits? If so, it’s time for an electrical panel check by a qualified electrician, and most likely an upgrade.
If you’re getting a burning smell from your electrical panel, it’s time for a immediate attention, as this can very quickly turn into a house fire. We’d recommend shutting off the main switch if you are able to reach it safely, and quickly calling the fire department, informing them that there’s a potential electrical fire. Once the scene has been secured, you need to immediately call a qualified and licensed electrician, as you will not be able to switch on your home’s electrical system until its received a proper once-over. EVSOL Energy is your ideal port of call for this.
General Wear and Tear
If your electrical panel is showing general signs of wear and tear such as discoloration, breakers coming loose or any other signs of damage, it’s time for a professional to conduct an inspection and is usually a good time to perform an electrical panel upgrade.
Lights Flicker When a High-Current Device is Switched On
Do you see the lights in a room flicker or momentarily dim when the HVAC unit for that room is switched on? Do the living room lights go dim or the TV switches off and back on again when the clothes dryer or electric stove is in use? If so, your home’s electrical system is being overloaded and the electrical panel can’t cope. It’s time for an upgrade.
You're Remodeling Your Home
If you’re planning to remodel your home, it’s a great time to consider upgrading your electrical panel, as well. You might consider adding extra appliances or lighting during your remodel, so may as well prepare for it. If you’re adding new rooms, you will definitely need to upgrade your electrical wall panel, as there will be additional circuits required for lighting, appliances, HVAC and any high current appliances.
You're Installing Rooftop Solar
If you’re installing rooftop solar to cut down on your electricity bills, you will most likely need to upgrade your electrical panel, as most older electrical panels simply cannot handle the increased requirements that come with connecting rooftop solar to your house, as well as to the national grid for net metering to work.
You're Selling Your Home
Hang on, you say. If I’m selling my home, why should I upgrade the electrical panel? Well, if the existing panel is quite old, it might be best to upgrade it before selling. Savvy home buyers are aware that old electrical panels can be a potential fire hazard, as well as a limiting factor for future upgrades. By upgrading your electrical panel, you can actually market this as a value addition, and possibly secure a higher price. We’re not guaranteeing that you will get a higher price purely on an electrical panel upgrade, but if everything else in your home is modern and tickety-boo but the electrical panel is thirty years old and of a lower rating, it will stick out like a sore thumb.
Don't Go Sticking Your Fingers into Your Electrical Wall Panel... Call EVSOL Energy
We at EVSOL Energy are the best electricians to check out your home’s electrical system, including the electrical panel. Don’t go sticking your fingers into your electrical panel, thinking you can do it. Electricity is no joke and can kill. Best leave this one to the experts such as us. We offer value-driven solutions at competitive prices, with transparent quotations that clearly indicate cost of materials and labor and top it all off with a lifetime guarantee on labor. You’d have to search long and hard to find someone to match all that!
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