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When to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

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Do you ever take a minute to think about how your home’s electrical system works? After all, electricity is what keeps your home functioning at all times. Besides paying your electric bill each month, you probably don’t think too much about your electrical system, especially your electrical panel. However, these types of systems need just as much care as your HVAC or plumbing systems, even though they tend to last for years.

If your electrical panel is over 25 years old, it’s probably time to consider some upgrades, but there are still other reasons to consider upgrading your panel, and Zar Electric is here to share them with you.

New Appliances

If you’re making some upgrades to your kitchen appliances or you’re considering having a new HVAC system installed in your home, you’ll want to upgrade your electrical panel. Your existing panel might not be able to provide enough power due to the new, modern appliances you’re installing, which can cause the circuit breakers to trip. So, if you’re making any changes like this to your home, call Zar Electric to update your electrical panel.

Excessive Use of Power Strips and Extension Cords

If you have power strips or extension cords running throughout your home, it most likely means you have limited wall outlets. With today’s technology, we understand that you probably have multiple TVs plugged in, your phones and laptops charging, as well as other devices plugged into your home’s outlets, meaning you need to use power strips or extension cords as another source to plug in your devices. However, the excessive use of power strips and extension cords means you are probably using more electricity than your home can handle, so a panel upgrade might be necessary.

Old Wiring

A majority of house fires in American homes are a result of faulty electrical wiring. If your lights flicker frequently, outlets feel warm, or you smell a burning odor, your wiring is probably faulty, meaning your electrical panel needs to be inspected and most likely updated. At Zar Electric, we can’t stress the importance of electrical safety enough, so it’s best to have your panel inspected regularly.

If you have outdated wiring, faulty outlets, or think it’s time to schedule your electrical panel upgrade, give us a call at (919) 200-6551 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your service. Our team is here to make sure your electrical system is safe and provides all of the power your home needs to function properly.