Electrical Panel Upgrade
As technology improves and the use of electrical devices increases, older electrical systems may not be sufficient to provide enough power to your home. If your power supply is inadequate or unreliable, or you’re planning an expansion of your electrical system, an electrical panel upgrade may be in order.
If a planned wiring change, construction project, or problems with your electricity call for an upgrade of your electrical panel or breaker box, a licensed electrician can complete your project. Your electrical contractor will evaluate your current fuse box or breaker panel to determine if repairs, expansion, or installing a new electrical panel is the best way to resolve problems with the system or allow for adequate service.
After inspecting the panel and discussing the job with you, your pro can determine the complexity of the job and give you an estimate of the time and cost involved. When it’s time for the panel upgrade project to begin, your electrical contractor will pull local permits and get to work. Your pro’s license and insurance can give you confidence that the job will be done correctly and safely.
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The cost to upgrade an electrical panel varies depending on the scope of the project and the type of panel. It could cost as little as $200 to upgrade an existing panel, while replacing an entire fuse box or panel could cost $1,000 or more.
Adding or replacing breakers in an existing panel can be done in an hour, while installing a sub-panel may require a few hours, depending on its location. Replacing an entire fuse box or main panel could take several hours or even a couple of days depending on the condition of wiring and the placement of the new panel.
Overheating or unusual sounds emitted from your electrical panel may indicate potential fire hazards. Updating the panel can resolve dangerous issues and improve the safety of your home. It can also provide more a consistent power supply throughout your home, resolving issues like flickering lights, frequent breaker trips or blown fuses. Upgrades can also allow for future expansion of your electrical system and the addition of needed outlets, and can increase your home’s value.
Your electrical panel should be upgraded if you have a dated fuse box or are experiencing problems with the electrical supply in your home. You may also want to upgrade your panel if you are expanding or renovating your home. Since replacing or improving your electrical panel involves working with the electrical supply to your home and requires adherence to strict local codes, it should always be entrusted to a qualified electrician.
Electrical service in an older home may not deliver the amount of electricity needed to power modern devices and appliances. As technology improves, you need a panel that will serve your energy needs going forward. Damaged and ineffective wiring, fuses, or breakers can create an electrocution and fire hazard and should be repaired or replaced to ensure the safety of your home and family.