Electrical Panel Upgrades
Your electrical panel distributes electricity into your home from the utility’s power lines. By upgrading your electrical panel, the new panel will be able to bring more power into you home without overloading the system. Current electrical panels provide 200 amps or more of power. If your panel is more than 25 years old, or if you are planning a kitchen remodel or adding an addition to your home, consider an electrical panel upgrade to ensure your electrical system can keep up with future electrical demands. An undersized panel may pose a safety risk, as an overloaded system can result in a fire.
If you note the following, you may need an electrical panel upgrade:
- The inside of the panel feels warm
- You hear crackling sounds in the panel
- The circuit breakers are corroded/rusty
- Your appliances are running at half-speed
- Lights dim when you turn on an appliance
What goes into an electrical panel upgrade? Typical service includes replacing circuit breakers, replacing circuit breakers with AFCI or GFCI breakers, and electrical panel rewiring. Sometimes the upgrade involves relocating the panel to a different part of the house or building.