3 Signs Indicating It's Time to Upgrade Your Electric Panel
Electric service panels are deemed to be the heart of any electrical system. They enable property owners to have complete control of all the electrical components inside their homes or buildings. Though panels are designed to last for a long time, they are bound to face damage and wear over time. Thus, if you are wondering whether you should go for an electric panel upgrade, then these 3 signs can help provide a concrete answer.
3 indicators of a faulty electric panel.
Rampant Increase In Usage
If you have installed multiple new appliances on your property such as a refrigerator, an oven, an air conditioner, or any other equipment that requires plenty of power to run on top of the equipment you already have, then you might face voltage issues. Or perhaps you have just added a new room or story to your property, and the present amperage isn’t meeting the need for additional power. Consequently, your circuit breakers will frequently trip whenever you turn on your appliances. If you are facing a similar scenario, then it’s time to consider an electric panel upgrade.
Signs Of Faulty Wiring
Another key indicator is when you are encountering issues caused by faulty wiring. One of the leading causes of fires is faulty wiring and this risk increases as your house ages. Older wiring and other electrical materials tend to deteriorate over time and will eventually not comply with the safety code. If you are unsure about the status of your wiring, then watch out for telltale signs such as burning smells, sparking outlets, dimming or flickering lights, and maybe even getting a very mild shock when touching certain appliances. In these situations, you need to enlist the services of a licensed electrician to investigate and offer a solution.
Lack of Sufficient Power Outlets
Lastly, if you are using too many extension cords or if you are plugging almost everything into one outlet through multiple power strips, then it is highly likely you need an electric panel upgrade. With this upgrade, you can directly use your appliances from multiple power outlets instead of using extensions. It will also aid in minimizing fire hazards.
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