About Your Home’s Electrical Panel
Your home’s electric panel is the primary component of your home’s electrical system. It’s designed to control power distribution among all the electrical devices in your home. In addition, it’s designed to protect your appliances from electrical overload.
Whenever overload occurs, the breakers and fuses in the panel shut off power to these devices. A power shutdown protects them from overheating and from more severe problems like fires. However, if your panel is outdated, it may no longer be able to function as it should. When you add more appliances to your home, your outdated panel may no longer be able to keep pace with higher energy needs.
All of the appliances in your home, such as your television, computers, and other electronic devices rely on on your home’s power sources. An electrical panel is there to regulate power distribution throughout your home. Most older homes in the Burbank and Los Angeles area have not seen panel upgrades in a very long time.
Common Problems with Electrical Panels
Most panels and fuse boxes are located out of sight, usually outside. If everything is working as it should, it’s very easy to forget about your panel. However, over time, problems will become more obvious. There are certain signs that you should look out for to see if your electrical panel is malfunctioning. These include:
- Flickering Lights
- Breakers that trip often
- Power outages after using certain appliances or too many appliances at once
- Getting shocked
- Fires and smoke
Checking your Electrical Panel
We strongly suggest doing a visual inspection of your breaker box and taking a look at all of its components. Even if you aren’t having any problems, if you notice any signs of wear and tear, it’s probably time to replace your breaker panel.
Things to Check on your Panel
- Lose Wiring
- Rust on your circuit breakers
- If your home has a 100 amp or lower panel it may be insufficient to carry your home’s required electrical load
- Your panel’s interior heats up
- Appliances do not work optimally
The Right Time to Upgrade/Replace Your Home’s Electrical Panel
As we fill our home with more electronics, it is generally a good idea to consider whether your home needs an upgrade, especially if you live in an older house and have never completed an update before.
In addition to adding electrical load, there are other reasons why you should consider replacing your electrical panel.
- Remodeling and additions to your existing home
- A mandate from your home insurance company requiring an upgrade
- Existing problems with your current panel, such as fuses and breakers malfunctioning
- Rewiring and upgrading your home’s entire electrical system
How Much Will it Cost to Replace?
Your Panel’s Current Condition
The cost to replace your electrical panel will depend on several factors, including your panel’s age and current condition. Our electricians can detect your home’s energy demands and check if your panel is up to standards. We will check your panel’s general condition and determine whether it poses any safety risks.
The Work Site
We will have to asses the location of your panel for accessibility and general conditions of your wiring. Each home is unique and to give our customers the best and most accurate pricing, we have to determine individual factors. Our ultimate goal is to save you money and to complete quality work.
Markey Electric and Solar Can Help You Choose the Right Electrical Panel
Electrical panel models are available in different amps, ranging from 100 to 400 amps. Higher amp panels are more expensive than lower amp panels, but you don’t need to choose a more expensive unit if your home doesn’t need it.
Selecting the right panel is where the expertise of one of our experienced electricians is useful. We start by taking an assessment of all the electronic devices in your home and determining the energy output for each. By completing a thorough audit of your home’s energy needs, we can help you choose the panel that’s right for you. Our guidance guarantees that we outfit your home with the right type of panel and that you’re not overspending on a higher amp unit.
We are your Electrical Panel Replacement Company
Our electricians handle your project from start to finish. We provide work that meets that highest standards and guarantees your satisfaction, no exceptions!
Our electricians are thorough, courteous, professional, and get the job done quickly. Contact us to learn more about our services.
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