Your electrical panel is also known as a breaker box. It is a simple apparatus, delivering power, via circuits, throughout your home. If a circuit gets overloaded or interrupted, the breaker trips, turning off power to that circuit to minimize the risk of damage and fire.
Does your electrical panel need to be replaced? Do your circuit breakers need to be upgraded? Read on to learn how to replace a circuit breaker box and keep your home safe!
Electrical Panel Replacement
Each electrical panel is designed for a certain number of breakers, though this number can vary between panels. The panel will also have a maximum power rating. If you need more power than what your breaker box can handle, you’ll need to get a second one or replace the one you have. 100 amp panels were once standard, but now many people utilize 150 or 200 amp panels instead.
What About Circuit Breakers?
Do you have breakers that trip all the time? This can indicate a problem with the breaker, with the breaker box, or with the circuit itself.
You can install a larger circuit breaker, but this is dangerous. If your wiring isn’t rated for the increased load, you risk damage to your home or appliances. You may need to upgrade your panel instead.
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Other signs that it may be time to upgrade your panel include:
- Heat in or around the panel
- Sparks or a burning smell coming from the panel
- Switches that don’t work right
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Visible burn marks, rust, or corrosion in the box
If you have a Federal Pacific or Zinsco panel, replace it immediately! These brands have been recalled because they have caused numerous fires.
Upgraded breaker boxes give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your family is safe from fire hazards. Contact us at Hop2It Electrical today to make plans to upgrade your electrical panel!