Electrical Panel Upgrade
WHAT IS AN ELECTRICAL PANEL?
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), you should make regular checks on your electrical panel, even if you haven’t needed to undertake any electrical fixes. In particular, you should check for signs of rust or scorching, both of which indicate underlying damage to the system.
Electrical panel maintenance, therefore, should be part of your regular routine. However, in some situations, it will be necessary for you to upgrade your electric panel to a more advanced system.
An old or outdated panel can cause problems with your home’s wiring and will not be able to support new appliances and technologies as they are released into the market. If you are considering upgrading your electric panel, it is important that you find an experienced professional who understands how to install a new one correctly and safely.
WHY DO I NEED TO UPGRADE MY ELECTRIC PANEL?
As a rule of thumb, electric panels need replacing every 25-40 years, so if your home is that age, there’s a likelihood that you will need to upgrade. However, there are other key signs to look out for that will tell you when your existing system is becoming outdated and needs a replacement.
If you notice any of the following issues with your current system, it may be time to start thinking about replacing it:
- Your power bill is higher than normal (or significantly higher than average)
- You have frequent power outages or brownouts
- You have circuit breakers that trip often or frequently
- You have an older model of the panel (i.e., made before 1990)
There are other key signs to look out for that will tell you when your existing system is becoming outdated and needs a replacement. For example, if the system fails frequently or stops working during peak times, then this could indicate that there is something wrong with the wiring or components inside the panel itself. In addition, if there are any signs of rust or corrosion on any part of the box itself then this also suggests that it may be time for an upgrade.
What is involved in the main panel upgrade?
BCstarelectric is a Vancouver-based company that specializes in electrical services. We provide a variety of services including meter base replacements, service mast repairs, new grounding systems, and whole-house surge protection devices. Our team of experts will ensure that all of your electrical needs are handled professionally and efficiently.
Our technicians are trained to handle any job, no matter how big or small. We will file all of the appropriate paperwork with the local city department and BC Hydro prior to starting any work. We handle all required city administration and scheduling so you don’t have to worry about it! The power will be disconnected for safety reasons while we complete the service/panel upgrade with minimal disruption to the incoming power.
Our Services Include:
- Electrical panel upgrades
- Meter Base Repairs
- Meter Base Replacements
- Service Mast Repairs
- Replace Weather Head
- New Grounding Systems
- Whole House Surge Protection Devices
If you have any questions about electrical panel upgrade and your electrical system or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us!