Electrical Panel Upgrades
When it comes to the electrical systems in your home, it is extremely important to make sure you are keeping up with the times.
For your own safety, as well as the safety of those living in your home, you should be aware of the changing times and the need for updated electrical equipment, starting with one of the most important components, your home’s electrical panel. Now that the lifespan of the average home has grown beyond 35 years, it is more than likely that you have an outdated electrical panel, especially if you have not had any major electrical repairs, renovations or inspections performed on your house in the past five years. With all the electronic gadgets and devices being used on a regular basis in homes all over Vancouver these days, it is likely that your old electrical panel will give you problems in the future, if it hasn’t started already.
What is an Electrical Panel?
Your home’s electrical panel is what controls the flow of electrical power into your home.
Think of your electrical panel like a distribution centre for a company that sells retail goods. Items are shipped from the main factory to this distribution centre, where trucks take the goods to different areas of the country.
Your home is the country and your electrical panel distributes power as needed throughout your home. If this panel is not functioning properly, the flow of power from your utility company into your home will be interrupted, which can be an inconvenience as well as a potential safety hazard.
The electrical panel is easily identifiable, and can often be found mounted on a wall in a basement utility room, a garage or a bedroom wall. The panel is almost always contained in a grey metal box, and will often contain many breaker switches that control which rooms in your home receive power. If you think your panel may be outdated, a good way to confirm this is by checking for these common issues:
Melted electrical wires
The need to turn off one appliance to use another
Breakers that constantly trip or fuses that frequently blow
Defective circuit breakers that fail to trip, resulting in shocks, overheating, and fire
Another way to determine whether or not your home is in need of a new panel is by keeping an eye out for other common problems that are directly associated with a faulty and outdated electrical box.
If you ever hear crackling or sizzling sounds coming from your box, or if you notice rust, corrosion or heat building up around the breakers or fuse connections, these are sure signs that a new panel is required immediately.