should I update my electrical system?
Your home's electrical system is similar to your body's circulatory system and your electrical panel is the heart of your electrical system. Your panel determines how much power is available for the circuits to distribute to all the appliances, lights, and outlets in your home. If your electrical panel is over 20 years old or exhibits any of the following symptoms you should have a professional evaluate your panel to determine if a replacement is right for you.
Breakers frequently tripping
Charring or discoloration on the circuit breaker
Your lights dim when you turn on other appliances
Corrosion or rust on the electrical panel
Melting or discoloration of wires in the electrical panel
You have an electrical fuse panel
You have a Federal Pacific Panel
You have a Zinsco Panel
Why should electrical panels in older homes be updated?
The most important reason to update your home's electrical panel is safety. When many older homes were built, they were designed with less than 100 amps for the entire home, using just a few circuits.
Also Circuit breaker panels are designed with a lifespan of 20-30 years. If yours is older than that; if it is in poor condition; or if it is old and has a limited number of circuits, and your breakers do not trip, then those are danger signs as well.
What are the benefits of an upgraded home electrical system?
The most important benefit of upgrading your electrical system is that your home will be protected from fire hazards caused by overloaded circuits. You can sleep better knowing your home and family are protected.
Also, modern electrical panels operate more efficiently meaning you will get better performance from your modern appliances and electronic equipment.
In addition if you are replacing an old fuse, Federal Pacific, or Zinsco Panel you will most likely be eligible for reduce insurance rates on your homeowner's insurance.
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