As a homeowner, the list of tasks you may have, at any given moment, can probably feel like it’s never ending. Most homeowners give a good deal of focus to the primary systems in their homes, but often times forget about the overall integrity and functionality of their home’s electrical panel. With that said, Gervais Electric, Inc. wants to familiarize our clients with some of the signs that indicate it may very well be time for an upgrade.
SOME SIGNS AND INDICATIONS THAT YOUR BREAKER BOX NEEDS UPGRADING
- You are still using and relying on fuses – Many older homes still operate today with fuses. With the increased number of appliances and electronic devices in the home this can be quite dangerous. Upgrading the breaker box in your home is not only a smart but safe option since fuses can melt as a result of flowing currents. For those homes still using fuses, it can be quite difficult to find an insurance company that will provide you with homeowner’s insurance, which is why an electrical panel upgrade is the ideal solution.
- If you have invested in new appliances and electronics – Many older styled appliances can be properly managed and run with electrical options that are somewhat outdated. However, if you have invested in a number of new appliances and/or electronic devices, or perhaps you are planning a home remodeling project, we suggest you schedule an electrical panel upgrade as well. Keep in mind with all the upgraded appliances and devices your old breaker box will no longer be able to handle the workload.
- You have wiring issues in your home – If you find yourself faced often with flickering lights or lights that consistently dim, or even appliances that give you a bit of a shock when you touch them, then your home has wiring issues. In addition, if you sometimes detect a burning smell in the house or you notice that many of your outlets tend to spark or have a burned discoloring, then again, you have issues with wiring. To resolve these problems, you will need to upgrade your panel.
- You are using more power strips, plugs or extension cords in your home – With the many electronic devices we all have in our homes and the wide range of new appliances many homeowners are investing in, we are all using increased supplies of electricity which, more likely than not, will result in issues with your breaker box. In order to handle the increased electricity demands, we recommend that you upgrade the electrical panel in your home to accommodate the demand.
THE PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON
If you own an older home and have yet to upgrade your breaker box, then our highly skilled and experienced electricians suggest you give some thought to the safety of your home and family. As explained above, the many new appliances today, coupled with the abundant electronic devices we all have in our homes, are reason enough to perform the necessary upgrade.
An outdated breaker box can present hazards to your home and family. When electricity usage is severely increased, but the source of the management and distribution of the electricity is not upgraded, you can find yourself faced with some pretty serious safety issues. This is why it is important to upgrade your breaker box to handle the workload in order to avoid safety hazards and fires. That’s where Gervais Electric, Inc. comes in. Our team of dedicated professionals are on hand to handle your every electrical need. This includes the installation of a new electrical panel in your home. Simply give a shout out to one of our friendly team members and schedule your inspection and evaluation today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the best all round electrical services and repairs!