When & Why to Consider Electrical Panel Upgrades

Electrical panel upgrades are essential to maintaining the safety and efficiency of your home's electrical system. Over time, electrical panels can become outdated or damaged, leading to potential hazards and costly repairs. In this blog post, we will discuss five signs that it's time for an electrical panel upgrade and how McCormick Electrical Services Inc. can help you make the necessary improvements to your home.

1. Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips

One of the most common signs that your electrical panel needs an upgrade is if your circuit breakers are frequently tripping. This can be caused by an overloaded circuit or a faulty breaker. If you find yourself constantly resetting breakers, it's time to consider an upgrade to prevent potential damage to your electrical system and appliances. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical malfunctions are a leading cause of home fires, making it crucial to address this issue promptly.

2. Flickering Lights

If you notice your lights flickering or dimming when you turn on appliances, this could be a sign that your electrical panel is struggling to handle the power demands of your home. This issue can be resolved by upgrading your panel to accommodate your home's electrical needs. The U.S. Department of Energy also recommends upgrading to energy-efficient lighting to reduce overall energy consumption.

3. Outdated Electrical Panel

Electrical panels have a lifespan of about 25-40 years, depending on the manufacturer and quality of the panel. If your panel is older than this, it's time to consider an upgrade. Outdated panels may not meet current safety standards and can pose a fire risk to your home and family.

4. Insufficient Amperage

Modern homes require more power than older homes due to the increased number of electrical devices and appliances we use daily. If your home's electrical panel has insufficient amperage to support your power needs, it's time for an upgrade. A professional electrician can assess your home's electrical demands and recommend the appropriate panel size for your needs.

5. Adding Major Appliances or Renovations

If you're planning to add major appliances or undertake significant home renovations, it's essential to ensure your electrical panel can handle the increased power demands. Upgrading your panel before starting these projects will help ensure your home's electrical system can support the new additions safely and efficiently.

At McCormick Electrical Services Inc., we understand the importance of a reliable and safe electrical system. Our experienced electricians can assess your current panel and recommend the appropriate upgrades to ensure your home's electrical system is up to date and functioning efficiently. Contact us today at (574) 830-8118 to schedule a consultation and learn more about our electrical panel upgrade services.