Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?


Many older homes are quite charming and have good bones and lots of memories attached to them. If you have an older home or are looking to purchase one, there are many aspects that can be kept in operational condition through regular upkeep and maintenance. However, electrical systems are not among them.

Over the years, people have come up with new, safer ways of supplying homes with electricity, and one of these upgraded systems is a more effective electrical panel. Upgrading your electrical panel can help your home to be safer from overloaded circuits and electrical fires, as well as save you money and make your home more environmentally friendly.

What is an Electrical Panel?

Your home’s electrical panel is the central connection point for your home to the municipal power grid. It divides up the electricity to distribute it around your home through a series of fuses or breakers that regulate how much electricity is sent through each individual circuit. The electrical panel is often called the fuse box or breaker box and it is usually located in a garage, basement, or utility room.

Do I Need to Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

Before you can know whether or not your electrical panel needs to be upgraded, it is necessary to inspect it to determine its age and function. We often keep the following questions in mind when evaluating electrical panels:

  • Is the home older than 20 years?
  • Does the electrical panel still use fuses instead of breaker switches?
  • Does the electrical panel ever feel warm?
  • Is there ever a funny smell coming from the electrical panel?
  • Do the fuses or breakers in the electrical panel break or trip frequently?
  • Are all of the home’s appliances running at full capacity?
  • When an appliance is turned on, do the lights in the home dim or flicker?
  • Are there any plans to do a renovation or addition to the home?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then it is very likely that the electrical panel needs to be replaced. To avoid shock or electrocution, it is vitally important to always contact a licensed electrician, such as Fab Electric to make any changes to an electrical panel.

 Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade? Call Fab Electric Today

Are you ready for an electrical panel upgrade? Then call the experts at Fab Electric right away. At Fab Electric, our specialists have lots of experience, and with our fast, friendly service, you will enjoy electricity safely in your home and cost savings in no time! Call us at (301) 622-6979 to set up an appointment today!