If your service panel is long past its prime, it may no longer be safe. That’s where a service panel replacement comes in. At Raincap Construction, we are experts in replacing worn, hazardous service panels with safer, more modern alternatives. Our expert team of electricians can inspect your current panel and help you determine if it requires a replacement. Contact us today to get started.
What is an Electrical Panel?
First and foremost, let’s define what an electrical panel is and how it works. Also known as a fuse box or breaker box, an electrical panel is a vital component of the electrical system in your home. It’s usually a gray metal box that takes the electricity from your electrical company’s utility lines and distributes it to the lighting, outlets, and appliances in your home through circuits. Whether you realize it or not, you depend on your electrical panel to energize your day-to-day life.
Importance of Your Electrical Panel
Since your electrical panel is responsible for all of the energy requirements in your home, it must be in optimal shape. If it’s outdated or broken, it may be a good idea to replace it as soon as possible. Not only can a malfunctioning electrical panel interfere with your day-to-day life and cause annoyances like flickering lights and power surges, it may also increase the risk of fires and other serious hazards.
Benefits of an Updated Electrical Panel
Here are several of the many reasons a new electrical panel may be worthwhile.
There’s no denying that old or faulty wiring puts your home at a much greater risk of a fire. A modern electrical panel with new circuits can protect your property and give you some much needed peace of mind. It may even lead to discounts on your home insurance policy because your home will turn into a much safer space.
Old wiring can cause flickering lights, unusual burning smells, sparks when you plug appliances in, hissing noises, and other inconveniences. Since a new electrical panel can resolve these issues, it may create a more comfortable space for you and your family.
Properly Functioning Devices
Chances are you and your family use a variety of appliances and devices on a regular basis. An outdated service panel may not be able to accommodate your electricity needs. A replacement is more likely to meet all your power demands, especially if you have a large family or frequently use multiple devices at once.
A worn service panel may not meet building codes, which can be particularly problematic if you decide to sell your Seattle home in the future. A new service panel can ensure your home is compliant with the latest rules and regulations.
If you plan to renovate your home or add on to it, a service panel will likely be required. By replacing it, you can ensure your project gets off to a good start and avoid costly annoyances down the road.
Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel
So, how do you know your Seattle home could benefit from an electrical panel update? Here are several telltale signs:
- Frequent power surges
- Flickering or dimming lights
- Overheated conductors
- Poor performing appliances
- Tripping breakers
- Two-pronged outlets
- Panel box crackles
- Burning smell
If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to reach out to our team. We’ll be happy to inspect your service panel and make a sound recommendation.