Should I Replace My Electrical Panel?

Replacing an Electrical Panel


Electrical PanelElectrical panels house the breakers that control the electricity to a home. They control the entire electrical system and keep a home or building safe from power surges. While it is common to “flip a breaker” occasionally for it to happen often may mean it is time to replace the electrical panel.

Reasons to Replace an Electrical Panel

Smaller buildings or homes that are added on to will use more electricity. Using more electricity requires a larger electrical panel to handle the extra load.

Very old homes or buildings have panels that house fuses instead of breakers. Fuses are not as safe as breakers. If you have a home with a fuse box rather than a breaker box, it will need to be updated to a breaker system.

If your home or business is experiencing flickering lights or power surges, and electrician may suggest that a new electrical panel be installed.

The Life Expectancy of an Electrical Panel

Electrical panels do not typically wear out. Depending on the environment they are exposed to and the condition of the wiring, electrical panels should not need replaced often. Most panels should last twenty-five years or longer.

Replacing the Panel

If an electrical panel needs replaced, a professional electrician is the best way to go. Faulty wiring or improperly installed electrical panels are an extreme fire hazard. When the panel is replaced, the electrician will inspect all the wiring to be sure that it is all safe and undamaged.

Replacing an electrical panel is a serious job and most homeowners do not have the knowledge or training to install one safely. Professional electricians are trained to know how to install electrical wiring and panels safely. Electrical problems can be very hazardous and even life threatening. A simple short in a wire can cause a fire. Always consult an electrician to fix electrical problems.

If you are in need of an electrical panel installation, call 110/220v Electric Co. at (650) 784-1886 today. Our experienced technicians will handle the issue quickly and efficiently!