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Electrical  /  June 21, 2019

Upgrading an Electrical Panel

It can be troubling to deal with electrical issues. That’s why, as a homeowner, it helps to know a little about how your electrical panel works. In this article, Handyman Connection® of West Omaha discusses the basics of a breaker panel and helps you determine when it’s time to upgrade.

What Is a Breaker Panel?

A breaker panel is the central point connecting the wires from outside to the wires inside your home. It also serves as a channel through which your electric service provider supplies your home with electricity. Typically located in the garage or in a utility room, the electrical panel is where you flip the breakers off and on to put the power back on when you’ve tripped the breaker. Apart from the breaker panel, it can also be referred to as the fuse box, main breaker box, load center, or distribution panel.

Should You Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Homes that are 20 or 30 years old are the usual candidates for an electrical panel upgrade because their panels typically max at 60 or 100 amps. In this era of high-definition televisions, smart refrigerators and other powerful appliances, the demand for fast electricity is certainly higher. Your breaker panel should have the capacity for these; that’s why 200-amp panels are often recommended for newer homes.

Other signs you need to watch out for are the following:

  • If the panel feels warm to the touch, it may be overloaded, defective, or incorrectly installed.
  • If you notice a burning smell from the panel, a wire may not be properly connected.
  • If the panel trips often, it means the circuit requires more power to accommodate more appliances.
  • If you’re getting new appliances or addition to your home, you may need a panel with a higher capacity.

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