The breaker panel is the metal box that is mounted on the wall of your home or business and houses all the electrical wires. The panel receives power from the electrical company's line and delivers it to your home or business. The electrical panel controls the diffusion of power by branching electricity into branches and sub-branches. It also keeps your electrical system safe for your family or employees.
Just as newer electrical panels are safer and more efficient, older electrical panels can lead to severe functional and safety problems:
Frequent power surges
A Circuit breaker that constantly trips or fuses that frequently blow
Circuit breaker makes crackling sound
The need to turn off one appliance to use another
Melted electrical wires
Before electrical panel repair replacing your electrical control panel with a new one, make sure you choose the right capacity. Today 100 amps is the minimum required capacity, though 150 amps is very common. Many new homes built use 400 amps with a 400 amp meter and two 200 amp panels.
The electric panel upgrade process and the wiring changes must be made only by licensed, insured and bonded electrical contractors! Even if you possess some basic knowledge in electronics, this is definitely not a do-it-yourself kind of project. Moreover, you should contact your local electric panel company and planning department and check for any local restrictions, requirements or if a permit is needed before having your electric panels upgraded.
When should you repair, replace or upgrade your electrical panel?
The complete electrical panel upgrades repair or replacement of your electrical panel may be the result of a pre-planned decision or the unforeseen breakdown of an old or damaged panel.
In case you renovate your home, build an addition, add a major appliance (like central air conditioning, stoves, spas, garage, etc...), or need to meet insurance requirements, the replacement or upgrade of the circuit breaker panel / electrical panel will be a pre-planned decision. On the other hand, if you experience or notice problems like fuse boxes crackling sounds, corrosion, rust on the breakers or panel, overheating conductors, no main breaker, weak running appliances, low amp voltage, non-grounded outlets, no GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) short circuit, and no surge protectors, then it's no longer a matter of logical decision but a critical necessity.
Contact AG National Electric now for a preliminary check, or for a full panel upgrade/replacement quote!
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