Electrical Panel Replacement or Repair?
Does your home still have an outdated electrical panel? Do you continually trip circuit breakers? Is your insurance company refusing to renew your home insurance policy? Then your home may need to have its electrical panel upgraded. Updated circuit breaker panels are more convenient and are built to far higher safety standards than outdated panels.
What To Watch Out For
- Flickering lights.
- You have non-grounded outlets in your home (two prong, not three prong outlets).
- A buzzing or crackling sound is coming from inside your electrical panel.
- Corrosion or rust on the circuit breakers inside your electrical panel.
- Circuit breakers tripping when you have multiple appliances or devices running.
- Circuit breakers that fail to trip that could result in electrical shock, overheating, and even fires.
- Outlets near water are not equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) outlet.
At Dawson’s Electric, the standard electrical service we provide for residential customers is an electrical troubleshooting service that includes a full inspection of a home, diagnosis of any problems and any minor repairs that need to be completed. For major repairs, we prepare a solution guaranteed troubleshooting plan.
For more information or to schedule a service, contact us today!
The different types of electrical panels are as follows:
- Main Breaker – This mechanism functions as the controller for the power to the home or building. It controls the circuit breakers, prevents overheating and protects appliances and wiring throughout the structure.
- Fuse Box – A common panel used in new construction in the 1970s, it is made up of small fuses that short out and need to be replaced if too much electrical current comes through.
- Main Lug Panel – Instead of a main breaker, this panel’s wires run into lugs. These panels are unique and not often used.
- Sub Panel – This panel works by separating multiple circuits from a certain area in a building, giving you more control over how electricity is dispersed.
How many circuits an electrical panel has depends on the home’s electricity needs. Until 2008, homes were limited to having only 42 circuits. With the introduction of safer panelboards, the code was revised and will now allow as many as 84 circuits on a panel.
To learn more, contact the experts at Dawson’s Electric today!