If you live in an older home, you may need to eventually upgrade your electrical panel in your home. Here are three signs that you need to plan to update your electrical panel in the near future.
#1 Installing Newer Appliances
If you have recently begun to install new appliances in your home, such as a new refrigerator, stove or air conditioner, or if you are installing a newer, fun accessory, like a hot tub, you may need to upgrade your panel in order to provide the right amount of power to those new electrical heavy items.
Check and find out how many amps of power that your electrical panel provides. If the electrical needs of your new appliance that you want to install exceed the amps that your panel can provide, you are going to need to update your panel so that your circuits are not thrown every time you use the appliance.
#2 Excessive Use Of Power Strips
Second, look at the way that you use power in your home. Do you have a power strip or extension cord coming out of most of your outlets? Are you trying to run three or more electrical items out of all of your outlets that are designed to power two items? Are you always running out of places to plug in your electronic items?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you most likely need to upgrade your electrical panel. You should not be maxing out every outlet in your home and using power strips and extension cords everywhere. If your electrical needs are that high, you need to install additional outlets so that you don't overload or damage your current electrical set-up or start a fire.
#3 Faulty Wiring
Third, if you are noticing signs that your wires are starting to get faulty, you need to upgrade your electrical paneling. There are numerous signs that the wiring in your house is getting faulty. For example, if your lights flicker or get dim when you use the outlets in the same room, your wiring is getting faulty. If you tend to get shocked when you use electrical items in your house, that is another sign that your wires are not regulating electricity correctly. Or if you start to notice a burning smell when using electrical items, that means your wiring is getting damaged.
If you notice any of the signs above, you need to start budgeting to replace your electrical panel. Call up your local electrician, such as those from Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc., and see if you can get a quote for replacing your electrical panel so that you can save up and schedule an appointment to replace it as soon as possible.