Many older homes are ill-equipped to handle the electrical loads placed on them by all of our modern appliances and gadgets. If you have an older home that is still using an old fuse box or you find you’re constantly tripping breakers, you need to call Beltz Home Service Co. and ask about our breaker panel replacement or fuse replacement.
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Signs Your Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade
As a rule of thumb, you need to replace your electrical panel every 25-40 years. So if your home is that age, chances are you’ll need to upgrade. However, there are several telltale signs that your existing system is getting outdated.
- Faulty wiring: Faulty wiring is a major fire hazard. Generally, older wiring is more likely to be defective, but having a professional electrician inspect your panel regularly will help identify any issues. Signs of faulty wiring include a smell of burning, small electric shocks when touching appliances, warmth around the electric panel, or flickering lights.
- Installing new appliances: One of the main reasons to upgrade your electric panel is simply because it doesn’t have the capacity to deal with modern appliances. Similarly, if you’re planning a home remodel that will increase your home’s electrical consumption, then your existing panel may not suffice.
- Use of extension cords and power strips: With plenty of gadgets filling our homes, there’s more demand for electricity today than twenty years ago. If you find yourself using power strips and extension cords, that’s a typical sign you should consider an upgrade.
- Future-proofing: Preparing your home for the future is also a solid reason to upgrade your electrical panel. This can come in handy if you’re thinking of selling your home or planning to undertake some rewiring or remodeling.
Why Upgrade Your Outlets
If you have an older home, chances are you have traditional outlets. And while these outlets were fine for 50 years ago, today, there are better, safer and more convenient options. One upgrade to consider is upgrading to GFCI outlets. GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupters is an affordable upgrade that will make your home safer. GFCI outlets shut down the current when they detect any interruption. Make sure you install GFCI outlets:
- In the bathroom
- In the kitchen
- In your garage
- In your basement
- Out by the pool
If you’re unsure about upgrading to GFCI outlets, call us and ask for help.
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Why Call Us?
We know there are a variety of electrical contractors you can call in the Van Buren, OH area, but we think you’ll be happy when you call use because:
- We offer upfront pricing so there’s no shock on your bill
- We’re ready and available for emergency support so you never have to wait long for help
- We guarantee your satisfaction so there’s no risk to calling us, ever