Panel Upgrades, Additions, and Replacements
Technology has progressed at an exponential rate in the past few decades, and with the average lifespan of a home now greater than 35 years, many properties do not have electrical systems that can safely maintain our elevated and ever increasing energy consumption. These systems can easily become overloaded with today’s multitude of new technology devices such as large flat screen TV's, computers, laptops, and smart phones running constantly, on top of your major appliances.
Even homes with panels installed as recently as the 1980's may contain components that have now deteriorated and become unsafe with age and pose safety issues, or they may be too small to handle all of the new devices which have become widespread or been developed in the past few years and which we now regularly connect. If you don’t have a newer home that is built for today’s technology, than this could be a concern. So with older houses, even if your panel is adequate for your current electrical needs, it may be worthwhile to replace and/or update the panel for safety and reliability reasons.
If you are considering building a new addition to your home or major renovations which require large new electrical installations, such as extensive new lighting or entertainment systems, you will most likely need to upgrade your home’s electrical service panel.
If your electrical system, panel, or service is not up to par, you could find yourself with a variety of problems and safety risks. At JSK Electrical Contracting Corp., our electricians have large amounts of experience and expertise in providing upgrades and installation of circuit breakers, replacement of fuse boxes, and more to help your electrical system operate efficiently to meet your electricity needs. Contact us through email or here to get a quote and consultation on your next panel or service upgrade, addition, or replacement.
What is an Electrical Panel and its Function in a Home?
The electrical panel is the heart of your homes electrical system and it's function along with the circuit breakers is to protect and help provide electricity to all of your gadgets and appliances and to protect you, and your home. Power from your utility company flows through overhead or underground wire, also known as the service (the consumer service is the part of the service that the homeowner owns, usually the pipe and electrical meter located on the back of your house), and into your home through this panel, where it then branches out into larger and smaller branches in order to distribute the electric power. A properly functioning electrical panel is essential to the safety of your family and your home.
How to tell if you need a new panel:
- Crackling sounds from your panel box.
- Corrosion or rust on the breakers or panel.
- Overheating electrical service conductors.
- Appliances running at less than full power.
- Two pronged (non-grounded) outlets.
- Your home is not equipped with GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) in necessary areas.
- You find yourself frequently seeking extension cords.
- You need surge protectors to protect the appliances in your home.
- Your home was built with, and still runs on, a 60 amp electrical service.
- Your home uses a fuse block panel or split-buss panel (electrical panel with no main breaker).
- The 100 amp electrical service in your home is insufficient for operating necessary appliances.
- The renovation of your home, particularly the kitchen, which is appliance-heavy.
- You are adding a home addition.
- The addition of a major appliance, such as central heating and air, stoves, spas, garage power equipment, and more.
- You need/are adding outlets to your home.
- To meet homeowners insurance requirements.
- You’re in need of a 240 volt circuit.
- You need to add a sub panel.
Your family's safety is paramount, so make sure that you panel is sufficient to meet your needs, and if it is not, you may need a service or panel upgrade, or replace fuse boxes with circuit breakers. Failing to immediately replace or update your equipment can lead to potential electrical and safety hazards in the future. If your house experiences any of the above symptoms or you need any of the above enhancements to your home, contact us today to learn more about our panel upgrades and electrical repair services