In this age of technological upgrades and conveniences, make sure that the electrical service panel in your home isn’t getting left behind. If you are interested in learning more about an electrical panel replacement or upgrade for your home in Lakewood, you can depend on Save Home Heat Company. We are highly experienced with all manner of electrical panel and circuit breaker upgrades and replacements, as well as a broad range of related wiring and safety concerns. You can trust that our responsive and skilled electrical team will provide you with expert, dependable service to ensure your electrical panel is operating safely, efficiently, and reliably.
An Overview of Your Electrical Panel
There are plenty of names for your electrical service panel, so don’t let the different terms make things confusing. You might call it an electrical panel, a breaker box, or even a circuit breaker box, but we’re referring to the same thing. Usually grey in color, this wall-mounted, rectangular metal box typically has a latched door in front that houses a series of switches known as circuit breakers. Most often, the location of the electrical panel is in places such as an attached garage, a closet, in an unfinished part of your basement, or in a weatherproof enclosure on the outside of your home.
Each circuit breaker in your electrical service panel has the responsibility of controlling the flow of electricity to different parts of your home. With about 20 to 40 electrical circuits run all around a home, this is an important job. You’ll usually find 120 volt and 240 volt circuit breakers in your panel, with 120 volt breakers occupying a single slot and the 240 volt breakers taking up two spaces. Each electrical circuit in your home corresponds to a specific circuit breaker, and there should be a chart in your electrical panel (large label on inside of the door) that identifies which breaker corresponds to which circuit. Some 240 volt circuit breakers will be labeled for a specific larger appliance such as a furnace or boiler; these are known as ‘dedicated circuits.’
Should I Be Considering an Electrical Panel Replacement?
Unless you are having to frequently reset tripped breakers (a red flag!), you likely don’t give your home’s electrical service panel much thought. If the power is on, everything is fine, right? Still, there are some simple things that you as a responsible homeowner can pay attention to, that will help guide you in determining when to consider having a pro take a look at your panel.
One easy thing to keep in mind is the age of your home. Unless you know your panel has been replaced since then, which would be great,. If your home was built over 15 years ago, it’s age can be an important consideration for a number of reasons, including revisions to electrical safety code in the intervening years. But just because a panel and breakers are not up to current electrical, that isn’t necessarily cause for concern or a mandate that upgrade work is needed. It can, however, be a guiding factor in deciding if a closer look is needed. Also, if you’re planning to add electrical demanding products to your home such as a hot tub or an EV charging station, it makes sense to ensure your electrical panel will be up to the task.
The aging process may also affect your electrical service panel. Loosening of internal wiring in the panel or breakers is another cause for looking at a panel upgrade. Lastly, if a number of different circuit breakers trip for no reason you can discern, that’s another warning sign that you may want to call in an experienced electrician to inspect the panel and breakers.
Reasons for replacing your home’s electrical service panel may include:
- Existing electrical panel cannot support current home electrical demand
- Safety concerns
- Loosening internal wiring (usually due to age of the panel)
- Circuit breakers on one or more circuit trip frequently for no discernible reason
- Frequently flickering or dimming lights on multiple electrical circuits
- Electrical service panel, or wiring near the panel, is warm to the touch
- Rust or burn marks inside the panel
- Steady or occasional buzzing sounds coming from the panel
- An experienced, trusted, professional electrician considers the condition or age of your panel to be cause for replacement
- Desire to upgrade to the latest, safest types of electrical breakers that are now required by code in many areas of new homes
In some situations, an electrical subpanel, or ‘satellite circuit breaker panel,’ can be added to your electrical system as the most appropriate electrical solution. An electrical subpanel can be used to power a specific area or appliance in your home. Safety and convenience are factors that may come into play in the decision process. Save Home Heat Company is a trusted source for electrical guidance and can help you determine if or when adding an electrical subpanel makes sense for your circumstances.
AFCI Circuit Breaker Upgrades
Old iterations of an electrical service panel, now obsolete, contained replaceable fuses. More modern electrical panels (over the last 40 years), and likely what you have in your home, contain standard switchable circuit breakers, which can be reset if a circuit experiences an overload situation and the breaker trips. If a breaker, or multiple breakers, start tripping frequently with no explanation you can come up with, that’s a red flag that should be investigated further with the assistance of a professional electrician. Sooner that later!
For many years, standard switchable electrical breakers have commonly been used in residential electrical service panels. Starting in 1999, AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) breakers started appearing in National Electrical Code (NEC), and in 2017 NEC was revised to require AFCIs on virtually all residential electrical circuits. AFCI breakers provide an additional level of electrical protection, helping to prevent conditions that could result in an electrical fire.
Reasons to consider replacing some or all of your electrical circuit breakers include:
- Age of your circuit breakers
- Condition of your circuit breakers
- Breakers hot to the touch, appear discolored, or give off a burnt smell
- Specific breakers tripping frequently, will not reset, and all else checks out ok
- To upgrade to AFCI circuit breakers
Your Safety is Our Focus
A properly, fully functioning electrical panel and breakers in your home are devices that help to ensure your safety, plain and simple. Things like major appliances, motors or heating elements that are getting ready to fail, loose wire connections, and overloaded electrical circuits are just some of the potential dangerous conditions that a healthy electrical panel can detect and help prevent from becoming potentially serious issues.
Our highly skilled electrical team and Master Electrician at Save Home Heat Company are well qualified to perform the electrical panel upgrade for your Lakewood home. We can trust our track record and strong, long term commitment to high quality service and customer satisfaction.
Reputable Electrical Panel Upgrades and Services in Lakewood
If your home was built before the 2017 NEC revisions, it may serve you well to contact our electrical team to assess your electrical panel in order to determine if replacement of upgrade makes sense to consider. You’re virtually assured to pick up valuable knowledge along the way! You can count on Save Home Heat Company to help you ensure that your home is as electrically safe and efficient as possible. No sales hype, no agendas, ever. Our company philosophy is strongly rooted in looking out for our customers’ best interests and helping them make informed decisions that they’ll feel good about now and for many years to come.
To request more information about our electrical panel replacement services for Lakewood homeowners, please reach out to one of our friendly, knowledgeable team today.
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