These Signs Can Help You Know If Electrical Upgrade Is Required

Your electrical panel is at the heart of your home’s electrical system. It regulates the electricity as it flows into and throughout your home’s wires, outlets and switches. The panel has to be sophisticated enough to detect unsafe occurrences of electrical surge or overload so that it can shut off power automatically to keep you and your home safe.

Here are a few of the main things to be aware of when it comes to your electrical panel and knowing whether it is time to upgrade:

  1. Listen: Is your panel making any crackling or popping noises? Suffice it to say this is not a good thing! If you hear any sounds coming from your electrical panel, you definitely need to have it checked out by a residential electrician.
  2. Look: Is your home using a fuse box rather than a circuit breaker? Older homes may still be reliant on fuse boxes, which were used prior to when our homes were filled with so many power-hungry electronic devices, such as televisions and computers. If your home still has a fuse box, you definitely need an upgrade.
  3. Touch: If you ever feel a tingling or shock when handling any of your electronic appliances, it is time to call in a professional. Old wiring is often the culprit here, as the amount of electricity entering the appliance may be overloading it.
  4. Smell: Is there any burning smell near your electrical appliances or outlets? Do you notice any browning or discoloration on the outlets themselves? These are signs that old, faulty wiring is compromising the safety of your home and an electrical fire could result! Don’t hesitate to call in a local electrical service to offer a free consultation on taking care of this risky issue.

If you have questions about these or any other electrical issues you are experiencing in your home or business, it is always better to be on the safe side and contact a professional electrician. We’re here to help!

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