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When Do You Need to Call for an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

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Over time, your home’s once state-of-the-art systems can fall behind in terms of the demand placed on them by modern appliances, lighting, and electronics. If your home’s current electrical system is out of date, it could be affecting your home’s electrical performance and even putting your family’s safety at risk. Electrical panel upgrades create a safer and more convenient home by updating your electrical panel, through which all the electrical wiring in your home is routed, so it can better handle your current and future electrical needs.

You’ve Purchased New Appliances

New appliances often need more power than old ones, especially if it’s been several years—or more—since you last replaced an appliance. Whether you are purchasing new appliances to replace your old ones or are adding completely new equipment to your home, such as a dedicated freezer, entertainment center, or computer, it’s a good time to have your electrical panel inspected and upgraded to meet the new demands placed on it by your new appliances. Running new appliances through a panel box that cannot provide sufficient power will simply cause overheating, tripped circuits, and even shorten the lifetime of the appliance, which can all cost you money and time. Making electrical upgrades before installing new appliances is the best way to get better performance and greater longevity from your purchases.

You’re Planning a Remodel

Any time you are planning a home remodel or renovation, it’s a good time to have an electrician examine your electrical panel. Especially if you will be adding outlets, appliances, lighting, ceiling fans, or other fixtures, you’ll want to ensure that your home’s panel box is capable of supplying your newly-remodeled space with the power it needs. Upgrading your panel box during a remodel is a simple service that will help you get the most from your investment; panel box upgrades can increase the number of circuits in your home as well for added convenience and safety for years to come.

Your Home’s Current Panel Box Is Old, Worn, or Damaged

If your home still has an older panel box installed, it’s a good idea to upgrade it as soon as possible. Older electrical panels simply aren’t as efficient and some can even pose a fire hazard, particularly when they continue to operate long past their expected lifetime. If your home has a fuse box rather than a circuit breaker, it’s definitely time to schedule electrical upgrades. Furthermore, anytime your home’s electrical panel shows signs of wear or damage, it’s important to have it inspected and upgraded if necessary. Electrical upgrades will provide safe and efficient power for all your needs, as well as the peace of mind that comes with knowing your electrical system is up to date and safe.

If you’d like to make electrical upgrades in Fairfax, VA, our experienced residential electricians can help you safely and easily improve the electrical system in your home. We are pleased to offer a variety of electrical services, from home electrical inspections and repairs to heavy-up box upgrades in northern Virginia. Please visit us online for more details, or read through our blog for more answers to your home electrical, HVAC, and plumbing questions. Click to edit your new post...

Topics: Electrical