Electrical Upgrades

It’s Time to Consider an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Whether you call it a breaker box, a service panel, load center, or electrical panel, the steel box that stores your home’s circuit breaker is extremely important to the function of your home. The panel is responsible for regulating all the electricity on your property. If you have too much electricity traveling through your circuit, this will cause a “trip” and prevent electricity from causing an overload to the wiring, which could start a fire.

Although there is all this technology, electrical panels age and can eventually have issues keeping up with the increasing electricity demands of your home. The newer your home appliances are, lights, ovens, microwaves, televisions, etc. are more energy-efficient than ever before, the new appliances we purchase can put an added pressure on the electrical systems.

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What Does it Mean to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Almost any electrical problem you run into can be linked back to a faulty electrical panel. The electrical panel is the heart of your home. It is the most crucial part of your home’s overall health. If your panel is not working right, it will cause issues throughout your entire home.

Signs Your Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade

If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time for you to call Attic Projects for assistance with your electrical panel.

Breakers Frequently Trip 

If your breaker is tripping frequently, no matter how small the appliance is that you going to be using, that is one of the biggest signs that you need to replace your panel right away.

Breaker Trips When Plugging in an Appliance

Your panel may not be able to support your electrical needs. If your system can no longer support the smaller appliances or electronics, such as a hairdryer, you may need to get your panel replaced.

Fuse Box instead of Breakers

Fuse boxes aren’t built to keep up with the demands of today’s electrical setup. Fuse boxes are outdated and put your home at significant risk for fire and electrocution.

Burned or Black Spots Around the Breaker Panel 

If your breaker panel has black or burned spots, this means that your circuit or breaker has overheated. Contact Attic Projects immediately so we can protect your home from a potential fire.

Melted Wires

If your wires are melting, this means your breaker is overheating and needs to be replaced immediately. 

Burning Smell from the Breaker Box  

If your breaker smells like it is burning, it is most likely overheating. You will need to replace your panel immediately to avoid a fire.

Odd Sounds From the Breaker Box

Faulty circuit breakers can have loud and hissing sounds. These sounds can be a warning sign for a large or deadly fire.

Lights Flicker 

When your lights flicker often, this is a sign that you have a power disruption. Although it is common during storms, if it happens more often without a storm, your electrical panel is most likely the issue.

Power Surges When Using Electrical Appliances

A power surge indicates your system is overwhelmed. Your electrical panel should be upgraded to ensure your appliances can be operated without interruptions.

Appliances Overheat Quickly

Overheating is a tale sign that you have a damaged electrical panel. Contact a professional technician to help find the heart of the issue.

Other Signs Your Electrical Panel Should Be Inspected

Always have your electrical panel inspected before you have new installations such as new appliances or any home renovations. 


Panels You Shouldn’t Use

If you use any of the boxes listed above, you need to upgrade your electrical panel system as soon as possible. They are dangerous and can fail easily, leaving your home at risk for electrical fires

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Benefits of Upgrading

If you use any of the boxes listed above, you need to upgrade your electrical panel system as soon as possible. They are dangerous and can fail easily, leaving your home at risk for electrical fires


Prevent Risks of Outdated Electrical Panels

On average, it can take less than three minutes for an electrical fire to completely destroy your home. You don’t want to risk your or your family’s lives or your beloved home. Attic Projects is here to help you and take care of any electrical-related issues regarding your home. Contact us to get connected with our team of experts and get your FREE estimate today!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes, electrical panels are the same thing as a breaker box, just different names for it. No matter what you call it, it is the box in your home that stores your circuit breakers. If there is an issue with your electrical panel, call Attic Projects today for a free inspection.

If you are experiencing faulty wiring, breakers tripping, installing new appliances, black or burnt spots on your walls, lights flickering, melted wires, odd sounds or smells coming from your breaker box, you may need to replace your electrical panel.

From a professional standpoint, the wiring should always be done before any type of cosmetic work is done. You want to make sure that your home has a good foundation for any new appliances or changes you are making.

Yes, Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Electrical Panels, Zinsco Electrical Panels, Pushmatic Electrical Panels, and Fuse Boxes are extremely susceptible to electrical fires. If your home has one, contact Attic Projects today to get a free inspection.

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