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Three Reasons It’s Time For a New Electric Panel
An electrical panel, also known as the breaker box, is a crucial part of your home. Every outlet and every switch starts with a functioning electrical panel. It’s the master switchboard to power your entire home.
As one of the most important components of a home, people tend to forget that it is there. It may be hiding in your bedroom, closet, bathroom, kitchen, or outside. The first step is to find it and then determine how old your panel is. Homes that have panels over 15 to 20 years old should consider an upgrade to make sure coding is up to standards or to stay up to date with technology.
Check out the three reasons why our experts at Arizona Energy Pros think it’s smart to make a move to a new electrical panel.
If you want to save money and help the environment, switching to a new electric panel is a good first step. New electric panels are more energy efficient than older ones you may be familiar with. What does that mean for you? You’ll be using less energy to power your home and all the gadgets in it, and you’ll be making an impact on the environment.
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Some early warning signs of a faulty electrical panel could be flickering lights, shocks when touching an appliance, or tripping circuit breakers. If an electrical panel is old or overloaded, there may be a bigger chance of an electrical fire or other electrical catastrophes. If you ever smell a burning or other electrical odor, call an electrician right away. You should inspect your breaker box and outlets regularly for any smells or signs of hot to the touch or burn marks on the outlets.
Instead of buying a new home, some may consider adding on a room, pool or solar. If that is you then you will have to make sure that your current electrical panel can handle the additional energy output. With more outlets, and lighting in the new space, like your dream home office, more energy capability will be necessary, so nothing is working overtime.
If you’re not sure if it’s time for an upgrade or want more information, give us a call or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.