It’s difficult to know what to look for when considering an electrical panel upgrade. Knowing that a replacement is in order can save you money and protect you from potential safety hazards. Here are some reasons to consider upgrading your electrical panel.
An electrical panel with signs of failure or safety hazards should be updated immediately. The cost of an update is well worth avoiding the possibility of fire or other electrical hazards caused by a failing electrical panel. Contact the expert electricians at Champion Electric immediately if you notice:
- Buzzing or crackling noises
- Lights flickering
- Blown fuses (especially if frequent)
Fuse Box or Circuit Breaker?
If you still have a fuse box, seriously consider switching to a circuit breaker – especially if you frequently experience blown fuses. While a circuit breaker isn’t as sensitive and is slower to react to surges, its advantages outweigh its disadvantages. Circuit breakers are easier to reset and maintain, more compatible with modern electricity needs and they work with GFCI breakers. They also eliminate the need for fuse replacements, which can save money in the future.
Homes that are more than a couple decades old weren’t built with modern technology in mind. In some homes, upgrading to 150- or even 200-amp service may be necessary before other home updates can be made – like installing a new air conditioning system. This will leave plenty room in your home’s electric capacity for adding new appliances and other technologies as advancements are made.
Increasing Home Value
If you are looking to sell your home, prospective buyers may be deterred by an old electrical panel. Upgrading your electrical service or replacing your electrical panel will increase the value of an older home by making it newer and adding room for more modern technology. A home that makes room for the future is far more likely to sell than one that requires extra work.
Champion AC understands the importance of quality electrical services. This is why we are proud to provide those services, including electrical panel upgrades, through our experienced electricians.
Ready to upgrade your electrical panel? Contact us today to get started.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.