Did you know that your electrical panel is the backbone of your home’s electrical system? If it’s not functioning correctly, it can lead to dangerous electrical hazards. Ignoring the signs of a failing electrical panel can lead to serious electrical hazards and even fires.
Here are 11 warning signs that indicate you need to upgrade your electrical panel:
- Age: Electrical panels older than 20 years are outdated and potentially dangerous.
- Flickering lights: Flickering or dimming lights may indicate a panel struggling to handle the electrical demand.
- Tripping breakers: If your breakers trip frequently, it’s a warning that your panel is overloaded and needs an upgrade.
- Burning smells: A burning smell from your panel is a clear sign of an electrical problem that our electrician can help fix immediately.
- Buzzing sounds: If you hear buzzing or humming sounds from your panel, there could be loose or damaged wiring that must be fixed.
- Outdated fuses: If your panel still uses fuses instead of circuit breakers, it’s outdated and needs an upgrade.
- Insufficient power: If you can’t run multiple appliances or devices without tripping a breaker, your panel may not be able to handle the demand.
- DIY electrical work: If you’ve done any electrical work on your own, it’s essential to have your panel inspected to ensure it’s functioning correctly.
- Home renovation: If you’re planning a home renovation that will add new appliances or electrical devices, you may need to upgrade your panel to handle the additional demand.
- Rust or corrosion: Rust or corrosion on your panel indicates water damage, leading to dangerous electrical problems.
- Insurance requirements: Some homeowner’s insurance policies require an electrical panel upgrade to meet safety standards.
If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs, it’s essential to call a licensed Lumberjack electrician to inspect your electrical panel. At the very least, we can perform maintenance to keep your panel working optimally and ensure your electrical system is up to code and meets your needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule an inspection or call us at 612-236-9052 and keep your home and family safe from electrical hazards.