Are there many electrical issues at home? If you have an older home, it is quite normal to face many issues that need repairs or upgrades. One of the most important components of your electrical system is your electrical panel.

An electrical panel acts like the central point where all your main wirings are connected. It is the place to go when you need to flip the breakers off and on. Usually, it is placed in the garage or in a utility room.

Even though you might not give your electrical panel much thought, just like any other part of your home, it also needs to be upgraded or replaced if you want your home to be in optimal condition.

While an electrical panel can last thirty to forty years, for your home and your family’s safety, you need to be vigilant of the following signs that it is already failing.

1. Your home is approaching its twentieth or thirtieth year anniversary.

Older homes typically only have panels that has maximum capacity of up to 100 amperes. On the other hand, newer
homes today usually have 200-ampere electrical panels.

This is because of the increasing in electrical demand nowadays.

2. You still use a fuse box.

Homes that run on fuses tend to be more prone to fire hazard. Some insurance agencies today even refuse to
cover homes which still use fuses.

If your home still uses a fuse box then maybe it is about time to upgrade it into a circuit breaker. Unlike fuses which burn out and are needed to be replaced, you will only need to flip the switch with a circuit breaker.

3. You are planning to upgrade or add appliances.

More appliances means more electrical load. If your electrical panel is outdated, it might not be able to
accommodate them.

4. Your circuit breaker trips almost all the time.

It is definitely a red flag when you find yourself visiting the breaker box constantly. Overloading can be the culprit for its frequent tripping. Get an electrical upgrade immediately.

If you suspect your home to have other electrical issues then chances are you’re right. Protect yourself, your family and your property from danger by calling us at JCP Electric. We have the experience, equipment and tools needed for any electrical repairs, maintenance and upgrades. Dial 520-808-3108 now!