Electrical Panel

Electrical Panel Upgrades

As electric panels age, they suffer both efficiency and effectiveness issues. And most older electrical panels aren’t built to withstand modern electrical wiring. With our panel upgrade services, we will perform an initial inspection to diagnose the state of your panel, then we’ll install a brand new, safer, and appropriately-powered panel!

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Outdated Electrical Panels Are Unsafe

Outdated electrical panels can be a safety hazard. They may not be able to properly handle the electrical load of a modern home or business, which can lead to overheating and potentially start a fire. In addition, older panels may not have the necessary safety features, such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), to protect against electrical shocks and fires. If you have an outdated electrical panel, it is recommended to have it inspected by a licensed electrician and consider upgrading to a newer, safer panel.

Signs Your Electric Panel May Be Due For a Replacement

There are several signs that your electrical panel may need an upgrade:

  • Frequently tripping circuit breakers or blown fuses: If your circuit breaker or fuse is constantly tripping or blowing, it could be a sign that your panel is not able to handle the electrical load.
  • Older panel: If your panel is more than 40 years old, it may not be able to handle the electrical demands of modern appliances and electronics.
  • Rust or corrosion: Rust or corrosion on the panel or its components can indicate a problem and may be a sign that it needs to be replaced.
  • Loose connections: If you notice that the wires in your panel are loose or not secure, it could be a sign of a problem.
  • Flickering lights: Flickering lights can be a sign of an overloaded circuit or a problem with the panel.
  • Overheating: If your panel feels hot to the touch or there is visible evidence of overheating, such as discoloration or melting, it could be a sign that it needs to be replaced.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, we can inspect your electrical panel and can determine if an upgrade is necessary and make any necessary repairs or replacements.

How Long Does a Panel Replacement Take?

The length of time it takes for one of our electricians to replace an electrical panel will depend on several factors, including the size of the panel, the complexity of the electrical system, and the availability of the necessary materials. In general, replacing an electrical panel is a complex and time-consuming process that requires a high level of skill and knowledge.

On average, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day or more for an electrician to replace an electrical panel. Replacing a panel in a new construction project is less time-consuming than doing so on a remodel project. The electrician will first need to turn off the power to the panel and disconnect all of the wires and devices connected to it. They will then remove the old panel and install the new one, connecting all of the wires and devices according to the code. Finally, they will test the new panel to ensure it is functioning properly.

It is important to note that replacing an electrical panel is not a DIY project. Only a licensed electrician should perform this work to ensure it is done safely and up to code.

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Upgrading your home’s electrical panel provides increased safety, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced functionality. Older panels may pose serious risks such as electrical fires due to faulty wiring or inadequate power distribution. However, by upgrading to a modern and upgraded electrical panel, homeowners can ensure that their electrical systems can handle the demands of today’s energy-intensive appliances and electronic devices — preventing overloads, electrical surges, and potential hazards. 

 

Moreover, an upgraded panel allows for the installation of energy-efficient equipment like heat pumps, water heaters, and HVAC systems, leading to reduced electricity usage and utility costs. To achieve the full benefits of an electrical panel upgrade, it’s important to hire a professional electrician with expertise in the field.

Performing an electrical panel upgrade is a complex task that demands the skills and knowledge of a qualified electrician. A professional electrician possesses a deep understanding of various electrical components, circuit breakers, and the intricacies of the electrical system. Upgrading an electrical panel involves assessing the existing panel’s capacity, determining the appropriate size for the new panel, and ensuring compliance with electrical codes to meet safety standards. 

 

Additionally, mistakes during an upgrade can lead to severe consequences — including electrical fires, damage to electrical appliances, and potential hazards for residents or occupants. Professional electricians are equipped with the expertise to accurately assess the electrical load, select the right circuit breaker panel, and replace the existing panel seamlessly. Additionally, they can ensure the proper installation of new wiring, meter boxes, and other components, maintaining a safe and reliable electrical system. 

 

While the cost to upgrade an electrical panel may involve labor costs, investing in a professional’s services is a small price to pay compared to the potential risks and expenses associated with DIY attempts or inexperienced work. As a result, entrusting an electrical panel upgrade to a certified electrician guarantees a safe, efficient, and compliant electrical system that can accommodate the power demands of modern households and businesses.

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If you think your electric panel is ready for an upgrade, our team here at Blue Line Electric is here to help! Our electricians have replaced more panels than we can count and are licensed to do so. Contact us today!

The cost of electrical panel upgrades can vary based on several factors. The size of your home, the existing electrical panel’s condition, the type of upgrades needed, and local labor costs all play a role in determining the expense. It’s also worth noting that more extensive upgrades or replacements, especially if your current electrical panel is outdated or insufficient, could cost more.

In many cases, an electrical panel upgrade may require some degree of rewiring, although the extent of rewiring can vary. The primary purpose of an electrical panel upgrade is to ensure that your home’s electrical system can handle the power demands of modern appliances and devices safely. This may involve adding new circuits or replacing existing wiring to match the upgraded panel’s capacity. If your current wiring is outdated or doesn’t meet safety standards, a professional electrician may recommend rewiring certain areas or circuits to ensure optimal performance.

Moreover, an upgraded panel allows for the installation of energy-efficient equipment like heat pumps, water heaters, and HVAC systems, leading to reduced electricity usage and utility costs. To achieve the full benefits of an electrical panel upgrade, it’s important to hire a professional electrician with expertise in the field.

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