Your electric panel is the main source of power entering your home. Electric panels are responsible for safely distributing electricity throughout your house. There are many signs that indicate that it is time to upgrade your electric panel. A panel upgrade will save you from many electrical repair problems – even a devastating electrical fire.
Here are a few common indicators that it is time for a panel upgrade before it is too late.
Your Lights Are Dim Or Flickering
Dimming or flickering lights are a sign that your energy needs are exceeding the power of the electric panel. If you see this indicator while using appliances like a hair dryer or dishwasher, you should upgrade your panel. An upgrade will safely support your energy usage.
Your Panel Is Old
If you have an older breaker panel or a fuse box instead of breakers, you are in need of an upgrade. An electric panel will last 25-40 years, depending on the wear and tear. Events such as power surges, defects and damage will shorten the lifespan of your panel. An old panel can be dangerous, so book an inspection to check the health of your panel.
There Are Fires In Your Electric Panel
The wires in your electrical panel can quickly burn out and cause electrical fires. These fires can go undetected, but there are many ways to check if your panel is catching on fire. Key indicators of an electrical fire are a burning odor coming from your panel, charred outlets or burn marks around circuit breakers. If you see these signs, your electrical panel should be upgraded immediately to avoid a house fire.
Your Breakers Keep Tripping
Circuit breakers are designed to consistently control the flow of the power getting drawn into your home. Even though it is common for a circuit breaker to trip every once in a while, it should never trip multiple times a month. If you find yourself constantly flipping your breaker back on, your electrical panel needs to be upgraded.
These key indicators are hazardous and can pose a real threat to your home. Benchmark Electrical Services offers quality and affordable services to keep your home safe. If you see any of these indicators, contact us for a safety inspection or electric panel upgrade.