Residential Main Panel Service
Why do I need my panel upgraded/changed?
- The electrical panel is warm – Wires that are properly connected and insulated should not heat up so that you can notice it. So, if you touch your electrical panel and it is warm, then it is time to get it checked out.
- Fuse-based electrical panel – While there is nothing inherently wrong with a fuse-based electrical panel, they are outdated and often not powerful enough for current electrical needs.
- Noise coming from outlets – If there is any buzzing, clicking, or humming sounds coming from your outlets, that can mean there is something dangerously wrong with the outlets, wiring, or electrical panel. An inspection by one of our electricians can help determine where the issue lies.
- Home is over 25 years old – Electrical panels can last between 25-40 years and generally aren’t changed unless needed. So, if your home is over 25 years old, it is time to have your electrical panel checked and potentially replaced.
- Circuit breakers trip often – Circuit breakers that often trip can indicate that the electrical demand is too high for your current electrical panel. If the panel is consistently overtaxed, it can cause an electrical fire.
- Strange smells near panel – Unknown smells that come from or near your electrical panel can mean that there is something already burning or has melted where you can’t see it. This issue needs to be addressed immediately, as it can indicate a serious hazard.
- Water damage around the electrical panel – If there has been water damage around or on your electrical panel, you should have it inspected for a potential replacement. The water can destroy some of the delicate circuitry of your electrical panel, leaving you and your home less protected.
Benefits of the new panel
- Increase the safety of your home
- Proper grounding and bonding
- Reduced fire hazard with new components
- Increased consistency of power
- Extra circuit space for future use ex. EV Charger
What are surge suppressors used for?
A surge protector (or spike suppressor, surge suppressor, surge diverter, surge protection device [SPD], or transient voltage surge suppressor [TVSS]) is an appliance or device intended to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes in alternating current (AC) circuits.
Are surge suppressors necessary?
Without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could shorten the life of your computer, wipe out all of your data, or even completely destroy your system. You should use a surge protector with any high-end electronic systems or devices.
Do I need a surge suppressor on my panel?
They don't cause instantaneous damage like a lightning strike would, but add to cumulative damage to sensitive electronics which shortens the life of TVs, microwaves, home theater components, pool heaters, and smart appliances. Other outside sources of power surges also require protection at the main electrical panel.