3 Signs Your Residential Electrical Panel Needs To Be Upgraded

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Most people plug something in quite often. In doing so, they see and utilize their outlets. These outlets were likely installed by an electrician. And indeed, installing outlets and the wiring associated with them is a big part of an electrician's job. However, electricians also do much more than this. They also set up electrical panels, install electrical appliances, and update lights. If you want to gain a better understanding of their profession and its breadth, then we recommend reading the articles posted here. This is a blog all about electricians, and we hope the information here is helpful to readers like you.


3 Signs Your Residential Electrical Panel Needs To Be Upgraded

28 August 2023
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Far too many homeowners ignore their home's electrical systems until something goes wrong. This is really quite unfortunate because the truth is that many serious electrical problems can be avoided by taking action to have your home's electrical panel upgraded when necessary. The problem is, if you are like many homeowners, you may not know when it is time to call an electrician about getting these upgrades. The good news is that spotting the need for panel upgrades may be much easier than you think. Below you can learn more about some of the warning signs that can alert you to the need for electrical panel upgrades in your home. 

Warning Sign #1: Your Circuit Breakers Trip Frequently 

If you understand the basics of how your home's electrical system works, you know that your circuit breakers are put in place to prevent too much electrical current from passing through an individual circuit at a given time. If the demand on a specific circuit is too high, the circuit breaker will trip and cut off the flow of electricity. This is a very important part of preventing electrical fires. While there is no need to worry about a circuit breaker being tripped every now and then, you should not ignore breakers that are tripped more frequently. If you find yourself frequently resetting the breakers in your electrical panel, there is a good chance that your electricity demand has outgrown the capabilities of your existing system and your panel is due for an upgrade. 

Warning Sign #2: Your Lights Flash Or Dim When Using Appliances

Do you notice a change in your home's lighting whenever you turn on a major appliance? For instance, you may notice that the lights in your kitchen dim each time you use your microwave or air fryer. You may also notice that your lights flash when turning on an air conditioning unit or dishwasher. These lighting changes can indicate an issue with how much voltage your electrical system can provide. Getting your home's electrical panel upgraded is often the most effective way to address this issue and prevent more serious issues in the future. 

Warning Sign #3: You Use Extension Cords Constantly

Extension cords are only meant to be a temporary solution to a temporary need for additional electrical outlets. Consequently, these cords should not be used permanently. Continuing to use extension cords for an extended period can result in a fire hazard. The most effective way to eliminate this hazard without impacting your ability to access electricity when and where you need it is to have your electrical panel upgraded so that it will be able to accommodate the installation of additional outlets. 

Contact a local electrician to learn more about electrical panel upgrades