Five Signs You Might Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade

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Your electrical panel plays a crucial role in distributing electricity throughout your home. However, as technology advances and your electrical needs grow, your electrical panel may need an upgrade to handle the increased demand. In this blog, we will discuss five signs that indicate it might be time for an electrical panel upgrade.


1. Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips:

If your circuit breakers trip frequently, it could be a sign that your electrical panel is overloaded. Older panels may need help to handle the increased electrical load required by modern appliances, electronics, and other devices. An electrical panel upgrade will provide you with a higher amperage capacity, reducing the occurrence of circuit breaker trips.

2. Outdated Electrical Panel:

If your home still has an outdated electrical panel, such as a fuse box or a panel with limited circuit capacity, it's time to consider an upgrade. These older panels are not designed to meet the demands of modern electrical usage. Upgrading to a newer, more advanced panel will ensure your home's electrical system can safely support your current and future needs.

3. Insufficient Outlets:

If you find yourself relying heavily on power strips and extension cords due to a lack of outlets, it may indicate that your electrical panel needs to be updated. An electrical panel upgrade allows you to add additional circuits and outlets, providing convenient access to power throughout your home. This eliminates the need for potentially hazardous extension cords and ensures a safer electrical setup.

4. Flickering or Dimming Lights:

If you notice your lights flickering or dimming, especially when you use certain appliances or turn on multiple devices simultaneously, it could indicate an overloaded electrical panel. Upgrading your panel will distribute electricity more efficiently, preventing voltage drops and ensuring your lights shine brightly and consistently.

5. Upgrading to Modern Technology:

Suppose you plan to install new electrical equipment, such as a home theatre system, electric vehicle charger, or many solar panels. In that case, it's essential to have an electrical panel that can accommodate the increased electrical load. Upgrading your panel will provide the capacity to power these modern technologies safely and efficiently.

If you're experiencing frequent circuit breaker trips, outdated electrical panels, insufficient outlets, flickering lights, or planning to adopt new electrical technologies, it's time to consider an electrical panel upgrade. Our team of certified electricians can assess your current electrical panel and provide expert guidance on the best upgrade options for your specific needs. Don't let an outdated panel limit your home's electrical capabilities. Get in touch with Kilts & Cables Solar & Electric today to schedule your electrical panel upgrade!
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