How Essential is a Panel Upgrade for Your Des Moines Home?
On February, 16, 2018
We all take our electrical system and supply for granted, that is until something goes wrong. What we really should be doing is taking the best possible care of it, in order to get the safest and most efficient service possible. One important way to do this is with a panel upgrade.
These days, it doesn’t take long for a panel to become outdated, making it difficult to meet modern day demands. Aside from convenience, overusing an outdated electrical supply panel can be dangerous. There is no reason to take a gamble with your well-being or the safety of your loved ones.
Learning the Basics & Making Sense of it All
You probably have a general idea of how the electrical panel in your Des Moines home functions. This is the main power source for everything in your home.
When overly taxed, it shuts down, or at least part of it does. At the very least, it trips a breaker or blows a fuse; at the worst, it can take out all of your power.
Older panels have a hard time keeping current with today’s demands for electrical supplies. We have more electronic appliances, devices, and gadgets than ever before. It only makes sense that older systems are being overloaded by trying to keep up.
A home as young as 10 years old could already be a candidate for a panel upgrade. You can have your system inspected by a professional. Yet, a good indicator is if you are finding yourself tripping breakers or needing to unplug or turn off one device in order to use another.
Hopefully, you have not reached this point, but if you find melted wires or experience smoke or fire, this is also a good indicator that you are in need of a panel upgrade. Try not to let it get to this stage because you may not always be able to catch it in time, and could end up with a house fire.
There are other possible symptoms too, such as the interior of the breaker box feels warm, you hear crackling sounds from the breaker box or you still have a 60-amp electrical service. When in doubt, have it checked out. Always err on the side of caution.
Work Only With a Reputable Electrician
Since 2001, Lazer Electric & Plumbing has been meeting and exceeding the expectations of local customers. There is no reason to accept less than the best when it comes to something as important as your electrical work. Let us ensure that you get the service that you need and the level of quality required to make that possible.