3 Signs It's Time To Upgrade Your Old Electrical Panel

By: Covenant Electrical Services | Published 07/23/2019

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Your electrical system is easily one of the most important systems in your home, and one of its most important components is, without a doubt, your electrical panel. Your electrical panel is a critical part of your electrical system because it is responsible for taking the power from the outside line and distributing it throughout your home as needed, but if your electrical panel is a bit older or out of date, it might not be able to do so as safely and effectively as it should, which can lead to a number of fairly serious issues around your home. Making sure that you upgrade your electrical panel as needed is an important part of being a homeowner, but how do you know when the time is right to do so? To answer that question, our team of professional Conroe electricians have taken the time to put together this short list that identifies a few of the signs you can be on the lookout for that might indicate the time for a panel upgrade has come.

Your Breakers Trip Constantly
The circuit breakers that are used in your electrical panel are designed to trip whenever they become overloaded in order to stop the flow of electricity and keep your home safe, and this is usually caused when the amount of power being used in your home exceeds the capacity of what your electrical panel is able to safely and effectively distribute throughout your home, causing the breaker for that area of your home to trip in order to protect itself. While your breaker tripping means that your system is working the way it’s supposed to be working, if you find that your breakers are tripping more often than seems right, it might be an indicator that your panel is out-of-date and just isn’t equipped to deal with the amount of power your home needs, in which case it’s wise to make the upgrade.

Breakers Won’t Stay Reset
As most homeowners know, anytime a breaker trips in your electrical panel, you usually only have to go flip the switch in order to reset it to get the power flowing again, but if you find that your breaker won’t actually stay reset once you’ve do so, immediately tripping again, it could be a sign of a larger problem that needs your attention. While it could just mean there is a problem with that circuit, it can also indicate an issue with your electrical panel as a whole, and if that’s the case, the best thing you can do is call in the pros and have them provide you with an upgrade.

Your System Still Uses Fuses
If you have an older home, there is a chance that your electrical panel is of the type that still uses fuses as opposed to more modern circuit breakers. Put simply, fuses can be dangerous, as when they blow, they don’t always stop the flow of power through that channel, putting your home at a serious risk of fire and exposing you and your family to the risk of electrocution. Panels that rely on fuses weren’t designed to cope with the sheer amount of power needed in most modern homes, making them somewhat unreliable and much more of a hazard. If your electrical panel still has fuses, now is probably the time to call in the pros and have them help you upgrade to something a bit more contemporary and better able to keep your home safe and functioning properly.

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