3 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel
When it comes to important systems in your home, your electrical system is right there at the top of the list, and whether you realize it or not, your electrical panel is a key component in its overall function. Your electrical panel is responsible for taking in power from the line and distributing it throughout your home where it needs to go, but if your panel is outdated, damaged, or just not equipped to handle the amount of power your home requires, you could find yourself with a number of serious issues on your hands. Upgrading an electrical panel is something that almost every homeowner has to do for their home at some point during their time of ownership, but many don’t actually know the early warning signs that might indicate you are in need of this upgrade. To help remedy that, our team of skilled Connecticut electricians have taken the time to put together this short list that identifies just a few of the many signs you can be on the lookout for that could indicate you are due for an electrical panel upgrade.
Your Breakers Are Constantly Tripping
Most electrical panels are equipped with circuit breakers, which are designed to trip and stop the flow of electricity to a circuit when it becomes overloaded. This helps to prevent overheating and can greatly reduce the risk of electrical fires. However, if it seems like your breakers are constantly tripping, it could be a sign of a different problem. Frequently tripping breakers are usually a sign that your current electrical panel is having trouble distributing the kind of power your home needs to function, and your breaker is tripping in order to protect itself from damage. While this usually means that your breakers are at least working like intended, it also means that your breakers are woefully out of date when compared to the energy demands of your home, and it might be time to make an upgrade.
Breakers That Won’t Stay On
Resetting a circuit breakers after it trips is usually a fairly simple process, but if your breakers won’t stay on after resetting, and immediately trip once again, it is usually a sign of a larger issue within your panel that is going to require the attention of a professional electrician. Oftentimes, this kind of issue indicates there is a problem with that individual circuit, but at other times, it could be an indicator that there is a larger issue with your panel overall, in which case you are likely going to want to make the upgrade to something newer.
Your Panel Has Fuses
Before circuit breakers were a thing, most electrical panels used fuses instead. If your panel is one of the few out there that still makes use of fuses, you are putting your home at unnecessary risk. The reason that circuit breakers became the norm is mainly because of the difference in safety. Fuses are designed to blow when overloaded, but sometimes, they will still allow electricity to flow through the circuit, leading to overheating and putting your home at serious risk of electrical fire. Not to mention, as most fuses boxes are incredibly old at this point, it means that they are generally woefully under-equipped to handle the sheer amount of electricity that most modern homes require, making it that much more likely for them to blow and put your home at risk. If your panel still has fuses, it is well past time to consider making the upgrade to something newer and better equipped to handle the electrical demands of your home.