Is your home electrical system up to date? The answer is likely no. The appliances and gadgets they are making these days overload electrical systems in older home, causing problems that could easily be fixed with a new electrical panel upgrade.
What are electrical panels?
Your home’s electrical panel helps provide electricity to your entire home, gadgets and appliances. Power from the utility company flows through this panel and branches out into major electrical branches, transferring into small branches in order to distribute the right amount of power. Having your electrical panel upgraded in your home is essential to provide safety for you and your family.
Where is the electrical panel located in your home?
Electrical panels are mounted in utility rooms, garages, basement, laundry rooms or closets. Although, if you can find it inside, your electrical panel may be located outside.
Old electrical panels can result in the following electrical problems:
- Lights flickering
- Circuit breakers that trip or fuses easily blow when plugging in devices
- Have to turn off appliances to use another one
- Electrical wires melted
- Circuit breakers failing to trip, creating shocks, fires and overheating
- Having old electrical panels can result in extreme danger to your family and possibly cause fires and electrical shocks
If your home has any of the following symptoms, it’s time for a new electrical panel?
- Crackling sounds coming from your electrical panel box
- Rust or corrosion on the panel or circuit breaker
- Electrical service conductors overheating
- Appliances not running at full power
- Non-grounded electrical outlets
- Home not equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters in needed areas
- Using a lot of extension chords
- Using surge protectors for your appliances
- Home running on a 60 amp electrical service
- You home uses a electrical panel with no main breaker or uses a fuse block panel
- Home running on a 100 amp electrical service but still insufficient to run necessary appliances
More reasons to considers a new electrical panel upgrade:
- Home was recently renovated and is not appliance heavy in the kitchen
- Constructing a new home addition or room addition
- Recently added major appliances such as central air or heating, new stove, spa, power garage door or other equipment
- Need more outlets in your home
- Need to meet homeowners insurance requirements
- Need a higher volt circuit like the 240 volt circuit
- Need a sub panel added
Just because you’re not living in a turn-of-the-century home doesn’t mean your panel is safe…
The electrical panels made from the 1990’s all the way up to 2015 are designed for safety but any panel installed before 1990 should be replaced because panels before that time may have started to deteriorate causing safety issues for the home occupants. If your home is using any of the below electrical panels, you might need to have your electrical panel upgraded as soon as possible to avoid potential danger.
List of Dangerous electrical panels that need replaced & upgraded ASAP:
- Electrical Panels made by Federal Pacific Electric
These panels were made from 1950 until 1980, they have manufacturing and design flaws that can create shocks or fires. In documentation put out by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, the presence of any electrical panel made by Federal Pacific is deemed a safety defect and should be replaced with a new electrical panel.
- Electrical Panels made by Zinsco
These panels haven’t been made since the 1970s, and for good reason. Zinsco panels made in the 1970s have manufacturing flaws that allow your homes electrical power to flow even when your circuit breakers are off. It also causes your circuit breakers to melt, keeping them from functioning properly. These panels pose major fire and shock hazards and need to get replaced with new electrical panels.
- Electrical Panels made by Pushmatic
These panels are known for having weak breakers that can’t be reset after a certain period of time. They also don’t have a main breaker which keeps power from flowing into the panel.
Most fuse boxes are only designed to handle up to 30-60 amps of power, however almost every appliance made these days require higher, around 100-200 amps of power or even higher. This poses a huge electrocution and fire risk.
Contact Lammon Electric LLC® to get your older home’s electrical system inspected. Our electrical contractors can help prevent electrical emergencies and keep your family protected from unwanted fires and shocks.