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Five signs it is time to change your electrical panel


If you have just moved in or if you are starting to experience some strange electrical activity in your home, take a look at your electrical panel.

Look for the following signs:

RUST

Rust shows signs of water penetration, which may compromise the operation of your circuit breakers.

OVER 25 YEARS OLD

After 25 years, your home’s electrical needs have surpassed the outdated capacity of your panel. And like everything, it breaks down with age.

NO ROOM TO GROW

Your panel is full when all circuit breakers are assigned and used at capacity. This means that any new electrical need (new technologies, appliances, heating, etc.) will overload your panel’s capacity.

FPE/COMMANDER/CEB PANEL

These panel types have a history of breakers not tripping, which often results in overheating and fire.

DOUBLE TAPPED CIRCUIT BREAKERS

When two wires are running to one circuit it indicates that you have no more room in your panel.

These are good indicators that it is time to change your panel. There are times when you can have a fairly new panel, but it’s capacity is low (for instance it holds 100A, most modern day homes require a minimum of 200A), which might be why your circuit breakers keep tripping.

For further information concerning your panel, make an appointment with us today.

 

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