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When Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

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There are two main reasons homeowners choose to upgrade their electrical panel. Typically, we get calls when a customer needs to add a new circuit for an appliance like a new range, hot tub, or an electric car charging station. A panel upgrade is often needed when the existing circuits are unable to safely handle the additional loads.

Another common reason is the age of the electrical panel. Electric panels typically need replacing every 25-40 years. Even if the panel has not reached this age yet, there may be warning signs that it needs replacement. These signs include:
  • Flickering lights
  • Circuit breakers that keep tripping
  • Small electric shocks when touching appliances
  • A burning smell
  • Scorch marks or sparks coming power outlets
  • Warmth around the electric panel
If you notice any of these problems, call Clover Electric. We can inspect your electrical system, track down the source of the problem, and recommend solutions to ensure the system is working correctly.

Even it the panel is in good working order and not very old, it may not be up to the demands of today's tech-filled home. Smart devices, continual phone and laptop charging, screens in every room, and new electrical gadgets being added regularly, there’s simply more demand for electricity than there was when the panel was installed 20 years ago. Do you find yourself using power strips or extension cords around your home? A lack of outlets is common symptom of a home with an undersized electrical capacity.

Fuse Box versus Circuit Breaker Panel

The main difference between a fuse and a circuit breaker is that fuses are single-use. They work by melting when the current is too high. Replacing fuses is more costly and time-consuming than resetting a circuit breaker. Fuses can also present a fire hazard if not properly matched to the circuit.

While fuse boxes are no longer installed by electricians, they are sill found in some older homes and are a real safety concern. In some cases insurance companies will refuse to cover your home, or pay out if you do get coverage, in the event of an electrical malfunction and fire. Having a fuse box in your home is one of the main reasons you should consider upgrading to a modern electrical panel

Can I upgrade my electrical panel myself?

Panel upgrades are a job that should only be undertaken by a licensed electrician.
Upgrading an electrical panel yourself without being familiar with electrical wiring can be extremely dangerous. If you are in need of electrical upgrades in your home, be safe and call Clover Electric.
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