The breaker panel is the hub of your home’s electrical system. It’s smart. It sends power where needed and trips if it senses any trouble in your wires. You probably don’t even notice it unless something goes wrong. When your panel is correctly sized and in good working order, it can protect your home and electronics from fire or surge damage by tripping the breaker when it senses danger.
Modern households have many more electronic devices than families had even ten years ago. If your panel has never been upgraded, you may want to make sure it adequate for your lifestyle. Entertainment systems, computer equipment, appliances and all kinds of personal electronics constantly use your power. An undersized electric panel can not support or protect your technology.
Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Breaker Box:
- It’s made by Federal Pacific or Sylvania (see more below).
- Breakers trip frequently.
- Lights flicker or dim.
- Overuse of extension cords or power strips inside your home.
- Appliances don’t operate at full strength.
- Discolored outlet covers.
- Burning smells or crackling sounds near appliances.
- You are planning a remodel or addition.
- When you add a new appliance like a hot tub, A/C, or refrigerator to your home.
Watch Out for These Brands:
Look for the brand name on your electrical panel. Federal Pacific and Sylvania electrical panels are known to have a 60 to 80% failure rate. This means they seem to work just fine, but if a short circuit or a small surge occurs, the panels fail to trip the breaker and can cause a fire or damaging surge to your home. If you have one of these brands, it needs to be replaced. Visit IsMyPanelSafe.com to learn more about breaker box safety.
Are Fuse Boxes Bad?
Older homes often have fuses instead of breaker panels. They protect your home by blowing a fuse and turning off your power when the fuse is overloaded. Unlike circuit breakers, a fuse needs to be replaced once it’s blown. The problem is that fuse boxes can handle 30-60 amps of power, but modern households typically need 100 or more amps. Sometimes people replace original fuses with bigger ones after they blow, but this can overload and overheat your wiring. If you have a fuse box, schedule a safety inspection to make sure it’s adequately handling the electrical load in your home.
We offer Electrical Safety Inspections to give you a complete understanding of the safety and efficiency of your home’s electrical system. Consider scheduling an inspection if:
- You live in an older home.
- You are planning a remodel.
- No one has inspected your wiring in 5 years or more.
Unlike HVAC systems or plumbing systems, electrical problems are often invisible until something goes wrong. Protect your family, home, and valuable electronics by making sure your wiring is safe.
When you call A.B. May, you can be sure we will listen to you and understand your home’s unique situation. We always explain all your options, so you can choose the best repair for your home and your budget. Financing can also help an investment in your home be easier on your wallet. We are here to help. Give us a call today.