Breslau Electrical Panel Upgrades
Electricity is something we all take for granted in Breslau. We expect it to be there when we need it in our homes.
We flip on light switches and expect our rooms to be bright. We plug a phone into a wall socket and expect our device to charge. At the same time, we run numerous other devices such as smart TVs, appliances and vacuum cleaners that all draw on our home’s electrical system.
We ask our home’s electrical panel to do more and more with each passing year. In addition, while new appliances are more energy-efficient, they require a level of power that some older models didn’t.
This change could cause your electrical system to start faltering. Older homes especially have trouble keeping up with the electrical demands of modern life.
But, how do you know whether you need to upgrade your home’s electrical panel?
What is an Electrical Panel?
The electrical panel is sometimes called a fuse box or a circuit breaker. Electricians often install them in garages, basements or utility closets.
It’s generally gray, with a front door that opens to reveal circuit breakers behind. These breakers are what you can flip on and off to shut off the electrical current to a room or part of your house. You can also reset the breaker here if one were to trip.
The electrical panel includes fuses that help ensure the safety of the electrical system in your home. There is a load that the panel can carry. If you have exceeded that load with what draws power from the system, you may need to upgrade.
What Are Signs I May Need a New Electrical Panel?
There are some common signs that you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. If fuses often trip, it could be a sign you need an upgrade. For example, if a fuse trips whenever you run the dishwasher and dryer simultaneously, that could be a telltale sign that your current electrical panel can’t handle the load.
If your lights flicker when you run certain appliances, or if the lights are dimmer than they used to be, it could also be a sign of an inadequate electrical panel.
Anytime you are replacing an old appliance, adding new appliances or adding square footage to your home, you should also check to see whether your electrical panel can handle the load.
A newer HVAC unit, for example, could require more power. Adding an HVAC zone could also call for upgraded electricity. And anytime you are adding rooms to your home through a home expansion, you will be asking your electrical panel to do more work. This theory applies not just if you were to put an addition on your house but also if you were to start using your previously-empty basement as a new recreation room.
Why Should You Upgrade Your Panel?
Upgrading your electrical panel will serve two primary purposes. First and foremost, it’ll ensure the electricity in your home continues to run safely. Electricity can be quite dangerous when people don’t use it correctly. An out-of-date or insufficient electrical panel can lead to potentially hazardous conditions.
Second, upgrading your electrical panel may be necessary to power the devices you’re using in your home. If you don’t have a sufficient electrical panel, you may not be able to add a new clothes washer that runs the way it’s supposed to.
How Do You Upgrade an Electrical Panel?
Upgrading an electrical panel is a serious job. It’s not something that a handyman or handywoman should attempt on their own. Licensed electricians are the only people who should carry out electrical panel upgrades.
Anytime you’re dealing with electricity, it is always advisable to enlist the services of a licensed electrician. They can analyze your home’s current electrical setup and make proper recommendations about potential upgrades that you may need. If your electrical panel needs an upgrade, they’ll be able to tell you the appropriate panel that will do the job you need.
There are many choices today when it comes to electrical panels. But not all of those products on the market would be a good fit for your Breslau home. A licensed and experienced electrician can help you make the best choice for your home and how you plan to use it.
Once the electrician helps you sketch out a plan, they will carry out all the tasks involved in upgrading your electrical panel. They’ll make sure that the job is done safely and up to local code.
Hire Home-Pro Electric to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel
For more than 25 years, the licensed electricians at Home-Pro Electric have provided quality electrical services throughout the Breslau region. Our electricians are ready to help you design and install your new electrical panel.