The electrical panel in your home or commercial property is the primary control unit for electrical power. Panels, also called electrical boxes, are subject to wear and tear like other functioning parts of your property. Their primary job is to ensure that power flows at the correct voltage to specific parts of your home and to protect your home and appliances by switching off or kicking a breaker if something goes wrong. The professional electricians at M&S Electrical are dedicated to helping ensure that your electrical panel replacement or upgrade goes as smoothly as possible.
Electricity and Older Homes
The electrical system in older homes is often outdated to the point that it is not within current building codes. Unfortunately, this means they are not as safe as they should be. Old circuit boxes or panels that are not up to code should be replaced with a new, upgraded system. The risks involved with using old circuitry include damage to appliances, overheating of circuits, and risk of fire.
Signs that You Need a New Electrical Panel
- Corrosion or Rust – Any type of corrosion or rust on the panel or breakers is an indication of damage or moisture issues.
- Overheating Conductors – Overheating can lead to melted plastic or fire.
- Under-powered Appliances – Appliances that aren’t quite running correctly or at full power may not be able to pull the proper amount of electricity from the electrical panel.
- Non-Grounded Outlets – Two-pronged outlets do not properly use the ground wire to ensure safe electrical usage.
- Too Few GFCIs – Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are required in areas where electricity may meet water. The kitchen, bathroom, laundry room , and basement are good examples of rooms that should have GFCIs.
- No Main Breaker – The presence of a fuse block panel or split buss panel is a major indicator that you need an electrical panel upgrade.
Our electricians at M&S Electric live and work in Cecil County MD, and the surrounding areas. We understand the importance of electrical maintenance and peace of mind that comes with knowing that your electrical system is up to date and up to code.
Thank you for stopping by our website today to learn more about electrical panel replacements and upgrades and what you can do to protect the appliances and electronics in your home or commercial property. If you’re in Cecil or Kent County, Maryland, or New Castle County, Delaware, and would like to discuss installing or upgrading the electrical system in your home or commercial property, call us at 410-392-5220.