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    How to Know if You Need to Replace Your Electrical Panel

    by VitalStorm Marketing on April 2, 2024

    Your home’s electrical panel is like its heart, regulating the flow of electricity to every corner. But just like any other component, it can wear out over time. Knowing when it’s time to replace your panel is critical in order to maintain the safety and efficiency of your home’s electrical system. In this guide, we’ll explore the signs that indicate you might need to upgrade your electrical panel, brought to you by Kanon Electric.

    1. Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips

    One of the most obvious signs that your electrical panel needs attention is if your circuit breakers trip frequently. This can indicate that your panel is struggling to handle the electrical load, which could be due to outdated wiring or an undersized panel. While breakers are designed to trip, this shouldn’t be a constant occurrence.

    2. Flickering or Dimming Lights

    If you notice your lights continously flickering or dimming, especially when you turn on appliances or electronics, it could mean that your panel is unable to provide a consistent power supply. This can be a safety hazard and should be addressed promptly by a professional.

    3. Burn Marks or Signs of Overheating

    Take a close look at your panel. If you notice any burn marks, charred areas, or signs of overheating, it’s a clear indication that something is wrong. These issues can pose a fire risk and should be addressed by a professional electrician right away.

    4. Age of the Panel

    Like most things, electrical panels have a lifespan. If your home still has its original panel and it’s several decades old, it’s likely time for an upgrade. Older panels (25-40 years old) may not meet current safety standards and may not be equipped to handle the demands of modern technology.

    5. Addition of High-Powered Appliances

    If you’re adding high-powered appliances like air conditioners, electric vehicles chargers, or home theaters to your home, your existing electrical panel may not be able to keep up. Upgrading to a higher capacity panel can ensure that you have enough power to meet your needs safely.

    6. Tripping GFCI Outlets

    Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to protect you against electrical shocks, but if they trip frequently, it could indicate an issue with your panel. This is especially true if multiple GFCI outlets are tripping simultaneously.

    Contact Kanon Electric Today for All Your Electrical Panel Needs in Milton, WA and the Surrounding Areas

    Your panel is the backbone of your electrical system. Keeping it in good working order is essential for the safety and efficiency of your home. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, it’s time to consider replacing your panel. Kanon Electric is here to help with all your panel upgrade needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today for a professional inspection and upgrade recommendations.