Modern technology demands more and more power. Is your electrical panel able to safely handle your home’s power needs? Or is it just adequate, or maybe even straining a bit? Houses used to be built to provide 60 amps of power for the entire house. Then, 100 amps became more common. Now, a modern home with state-of-the-art electronics needs a 200 amp system. If your power needs aren’t quite that intense now, they soon will be. Often, today’s homes need an electrical panel upgrade that can provide enough power for air conditioning, high-definition TVs, computer and gaming devices, and the ever increasing number of home automation devices.
So, how do you know if you need and electrical panel upgrade? If you pay attention, your home will tell you. Here are some things to look for:
• Lights that flicker when a nearby device turns on
• Breakers that “trip” over and over again
• Power surges for no apparent reason
• Buzzing or crackling sounds from inside the panel box
• A smoky, burning rubber smell in or near the panel box
• Warmth inside the panel box
• The need for outlet adapters or extension cords to create additional electric outlets
Some panel upgrades need to be made immediately due to safety hazards. Other panel upgrades are more proactive in nature. If you are planning on renovations or major improvements to your home, you need to be ready for future power needs. If you are planning to sell your home, an up-to-date electrical system lets prospective buyers know your house is well maintained.
Call Hook’em Up Electric at 214.726.6319 or send a Service Request. Servicing Allen, Plano, Frisco, Mckinney Texas, We’ll send a professional to inspect your system and help you figure out if a panel upgrade is necessary. You’ll sleep better knowing you and your loved ones are protected from fire hazards caused by an overloaded electrical system.