Does your home still have an old style fuse panel? Are your circuits overloaded? Has your insurance company refused to renew your home insurance policy? Your home may be in need of an electrical panel upgrade. Modern circuit breaker panels are more convenient, and are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels.
What Does My Electrical Panel Do?
Put simply, the electrical panel receives power from the electric company in your area. It then distributes the power and electricity throughout your home to all of your gadgets, appliances, and electrical outlets.
With technology rapidly progressing, can your electrical panel keep up with the extra demands? Likely the answer is no, unless you have a newer home. Today’s new electronic devices can easily overload circuits in many older homes. These older homes have outdated wiring, or circuit panels. Years ago, these outdated systems did not need to support modern appliances and technologies. Times have certainly changed. We may take it for granted but overloading and doubling up circuits in older outdated panels can actually cause fires. Did you know? Just because your home may have not been built in the 1900’s, does not mean that the electrical panel in your home is safe! Many panels installed as recently as the late 1980’s may have an electrical panel built using components that have deteriorated. This means they too can become unsafe, posing great potential safety issues.
Electrical panels often show warning signs of a problem that may seem normal to the untrained eye. Please note some of these red flags listed here:
- Flickering lights.
- Non-grounded outlets in your home (two prong, not three prong outlets).
- Buzzing or crackling sound is coming from inside your electrical panel.
- Corrosion or rust on the circuit breakers inside your electrical panel.
- Circuit breakers tripping when you have multiple appliances or devices running.
- Circuit breakers that fail to trip that could result in electrical shock, overheating, and even fires.
- Outlets near water that are not equipped with ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI).
- Always needing extension cord due to the lack of outlets in the house.
- Outdated electrical panels can be a serious hazard. They can lead to electrical shock and fires and could be a real danger to your house and family. So, this should not be ignored.
Upgrading Leads to Better Protection
Upgrading the source of power distribution to your home by installing a new panel can eliminate these potentially dangerous situations. Extra protection is incorporated into the latest equipment in the form of circuit breakers. As a result, these circuit breakers protect every device in the house with sensitive circuitry that responds quickly if there is a fault. There is also excellent protection available in the form of “Ground Fault” circuit breakers and “Arc Fault” circuit breakers. An electrical panel that is properly functioning, as well as up to date with current codes, and standards is necessary for the safety of your home and your family.
Don’t Delay – Call Today!
Small Jobs Electric ® has the solution to all of your Electrical Panels and home electrical needs. Please contact us today, and our professional electricians can inspect your current electrical panel. Then, we address any electrical issues that could be posing a potential danger in your home. Our professional electricians can help you prevent any electrical emergencies. We want to help keep your home and family safe from potential electrical hazards.
Please contact us today, for further information about how we can assist you.
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