Some things get better with time, but your electrical panel isn’t one of them. The panel is an important part of your home because it’s the main distribution point for electrical circuits. And, more importantly, this system works around the clock to protect you and your family from electrical fires. So, don’t let it be a shocker that your panel needs a little updating. Here are 5 signs that it’s time for an upgrade.

Your home is still operating from a fuse panel or a federal pacific breaker. Both of these panels are considered a fire hazard. If your home is 25 to 65 years old, check your breaker box.

Lights are flickering. Some signs can be a bit more subtle, but still dangerous. Pay attention to discolored power outlets or a burnt smell. In some cases, you may even experience a shock or tingle when touching an appliance.

You rely on power strips and extension cords. Using multiple extension cords can also pose a fire hazard. In this instance, you may have to evaluate if you have enough outlets to accommodate your needs. If not, consider upgrading your electrical panel and having additional outlets installed for your convenience.

You plan on renovating. If you’re doing some remodeling that includes new appliances (a refrigerator, air conditioner, or hot tub), you could be overloading your current electrical panel. We can assess your current panel to ensure that it can handle your electrical needs.

Your breaker is “tripping” or automatically shutting off. If you’re noticing crackling sounds, frequent shutdowns or signs of burned parts, it’s time to call a professional. This will keep your family safe and give you peace of mind, too.

Don’t wait until an emergency happens to take action. Our electricians can inspect your panel and ensure that everything is up to date and up to code. By being proactive, you can save yourself time and money. Ignoring the warning signs can be costly and even hazardous. If you notice anything unusual, call us today.