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When to Replace your Electrical Panel?

When do you need an electrical panel replacement?

As a homeowner, making sure your electrical system is working properly is important to the safety of your family and your hard-earned property. And one component of the electrical system that you need to pay close attention to is the electrical panel.

Electrical panels are an important component of your home’s electrical system and it is important to keep them in good working order to ensure the safety and reliability of your home’s power supply. As the panel ages, it can become obsolete and incapable of meeting the electrical needs of modern homes. So in this blog, we’ll talk about when to replace your electrical panel.

Electrical Panel Replacement

Signs you Need to Replace your Electrical Panel

There are several reasons why you may need an electrical panel replacement. Here are some signs that may indicate that it’s time to replace your main electrical panel:

1. Circuit Breakers keep tripping

Circuit breakers are designed to protect your electrical system by automatically shutting off the power to a circuit if it detects an electrical overload or short circuit. While this is an important safety feature, circuit breakers that keep tripping can be frustrating and indicate an underlying issue.

If your circuit breaker trips frequently, it may be a sign that your electrical panel is overloaded and needs to be replaced. 

2. Rust or corrosion

Rust and Corrosion in Electrical Panel

Rust or corrosion on an electrical panel is a serious issue that can lead to electrical hazards and system failures. If you notice rust or corrosion on your electrical panel, it’s a sign that moisture is getting into the panel, which can lead to electrical problems including electrical Fires, electrical Shock, system Failures, reduced lifespan of your electrical panel, and violates the Electrical Code of Canada.

If you notice signs of rust or corrosion on your electrical panel, such as discoloration or flaking, it is important to have it inspected immediately to prevent further damage or hazards.

Burn mark in Electrical Panel

3. Burn marks or damage

If you see burn marks or other damage on your electrical panel, it’s a clear sign that something is wrong, and it may need to be replaced. Burn marks or damage on an electrical panel can be dangerous and pose several risks including Overloaded Circuits, short circuits, electrical fires, electrical shock, and system failures. 

4. Flickering lights

Flickering lights can be a sign of several issues related to your electrical panel. If your lights flicker or dim when you turn on an appliance or use other electrical devices, it could be a sign that your electrical panel is not able to handle the load. It is important to have your electrical panel inspected by a licensed electrician to identify the cause of the problem and recommend a solution. Ignoring flickering lights can lead to more serious electrical issues or hazards, so it is important to address them as soon as possible.

5. Lack of power

If you find that your home is not getting enough power, it may be a sign that your electrical panel is not functioning correctly and needs to be replaced.

6. Age

An electrical panel has a lifespan of 25-40 years but could be less depending on several factors like the quality of the panel, how well it’s maintained, and the weather condition it’s exposed to.

If your electrical panel is more than 20 years old, then you should consider replacing it already. Older panels may not meet current safety standards, and the wear and tear of time can also cause them to become less reliable.

7. Renovations or additions

If you’re planning to renovate your home or add new appliances, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel to accommodate the additional electrical load. A licensed electrician in BC can help you determine whether your existing panel is sufficient or if you need to replace it.

8. Upgrading to Smart Technology

If you are planning to install smart home technology or installing electric vehicle chargers, it may require upgrading your electrical panel. Smart home devices like smart thermostats and home automation systems require a stable electrical supply, and electric vehicle chargers require higher amperage circuits.

Is it Time for an Electrical Panel Replacement?

Replacing your electrical panel is an essential aspect of maintaining the safety and functionality of your home’s electrical system. If you’re unsure whether you need and electrical panel replacement or not, it’s best to consult with a licensed electrician. Contact Pacific Star Electric today to get a free quotation.

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