Electrical Panel Upgrades
Are you in need of an electrical panel upgrade at your home? Let’s take a look. Today, Americans use an incredible amount of electricity. In fact, the demand for electric current is a hundred times greater for the average household than it was when we started our business back in 1962. The way a new home is equipped for electricity has changed drastically over the past 50 years.
Electricity At Home: Now vs. Then
For instance, these days an air conditioning system can use more electricity than the whole house would have back in the 1960s. And, because of all the new technology constantly being introduced into the world, it’s not uncommon for us to have some sort of electronic device – like a TV, computer, video game box, or other electronic gadget – powered on twenty four hours a day. That doesn’t include the items we own that are perpetually turned on and drawing power, even when we’re not using them. All of this electricity running through a home puts a lot of stress on your home’s wiring, just as it does on the electrical panel. PLUS, today’s homes have many more “plug-ins” for appliances, electronics, and such, which are in much greater demand today than they were even 20 years ago.
The fact is, if your home is over 20 years old, you should definitely look into upgrading your electrical service panel.
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It’s even more important to do so if you’re using extension cords and power strips to plug several devices into a single receptacle. With an upgraded panel, each circuit would run straight from the distribution panel, thus eliminating a major fire hazard.
Does My Home Need An Electrical Panel Upgrade?
Your home is a great candidate for an upgraded circuit panel if:
- It has less than 200 amps of electricity available with the current service panel
- If it has screw in type fuses
- You must shut off one appliance, like your microwave, to run another.
- You’re undertaking a major renovation or home addition
- A crackling sound is coming from your panel box
- Fuses blow regularly
- Circuit breakers trip frequently
- Appliances aren’t running on full power
- Lights flicker
- Outlets are two-pronged (non-grounded)
- There is a need for more outlets
- You need to add a sub panel. 240v circuit, or a surge protector
- Ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlets are required
- Homeowners insurance requires an upgrade
Let a licensed electrician from Weltman Home Services do the job for you.
At Weltman Home Services, we can tackle all of your family’s electrical service needs, including upgrading your service panel. It’s not a job for the weekend warrior, no matter how versatile you might be. It IS a job for a professional electrician.
Contact us today. We’re ready to schedule service now.
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