One of the most common upgrades we perform on Kansas City homes is an electrical panel upgrade. That’s because, with today’s electronics, old 60 amp service just isn’t sufficient to run all of our TVs, appliances, video games, alarm systems, etc. that we use on a daily basis. So how do you know if you need a panel upgrade? Here is a list of questions that should help you determine if your breaker box is in need of help:
- Is your panel more than 20 years old?
- Do you have old 60 amp service?
- Do your breakers pop on a regular basis?
- Does your breaker panel look like a plate of spaghetti?
- Your breaker panel shows signs of burning or melting
- Are you adding a room addition and need more power?
- Do you unplug one appliance so you can plug in another?
- Your existing panel is damaged (usually by water, rodents, or perhaps oversized circuits that have caused components to overheat)
- Your panel is located in a closet
- You have a bad brand known to be a safety hazard. Federal Pacific, Zinsco, Bulldog or Pushamatic (replace if full or near full because of breaker cost)
If the answer is yes to any of those questions, it may be time for a Service Panel Upgrade. With the proliferation of more electronic devices in a home, older electrical panels simply do not have the power to supply today’s needs. Older breaker panels can become overloaded and overworked, which turns into a safety and fire hazard for your home. So before your electrical panel gives out on its terms, replace it on your terms.
Old Service Panels Are Safety Hazards
Another problem we see with breaker boxes is outdated panels. These pose several hazards. First, if overloaded, old panels can spark and cause a fire. Most older panels are 60 amps. The minimum size, or number of amps, your panel needs to be is usually 100 amps. Any smaller, and you will have a hard time getting insured because it is a safety hazard. Your home’s electrical panel needs to be large enough to handle the everyday load we put on it.