What is a Panel Upgrade?
Your electrical panel was designed to be tough and durable, but it can only take so much, especially today, where our electrical devices are more powerful than ever. Panel upgrades with new circuit breakers are often necessary to handle modern levels of amperage unless it has been updated recently already.
When your panel has not been upgraded, it will begin to trip your circuit breaker, signaling that it cannot distribute the extensive surge of power it is encountering. If you notice that your tripper breaks on a continual basis, do not hesitate to call a knowledgeable tech like our devoted team members at J. Bathe Electric Co. They will be able to update your system with trustworthy panel upgrades in St. Charles to prevent deadly fires and electrocution.
When to Replace Your Electrical Panel in St. Charles
Replace your electrical panel in St. Charles if:
- It's over 25-40 years old for safety.
- You plan significant home renovations.
- Your home still has a fuse box.
- You're adding modern electrical upgrades.
For precise guidance and professional service in St. Charles, reach out to J. Bathe Electric Company. Your safety is our priority.
It can sometimes be challenging to tell when exactly your panel is no longer functional and must be upgraded, especially if you have not had several years of electrical training. Nevertheless, there are several critical signs which can alert you to the fact that you should have your panel upgraded as quickly as possible.
How to Recognize When Your Panel Needs an Upgrade
Several indicators which act as warning signs that your panel is no longer enough to meet your needs include:
- The appliances in your home will often cause tripped breakers when used simultaneously
- The panel is letting off small sparks
- The panel shows sign of damage, including indications it has melted or burned
- The wiring of the panel is extremely tangled, corroded, or frayed
- Your home is in between 30 to 50 years old, and has not had new electrical components added
- The panel was recalled because it was produced by a manufacturer that has been banned
- You are looking to supply power larger appliances such as EV chargers, freezers, or televisions
Protect your expensive appliances and sensitive devices by scheduling a thorough inspection and panel upgrade by our team at J. Bathe Electric Co. We can also take a look at your electrical system and determine if anything else may need an electrical upgrade along with your panel.
Below are a few of the most common questions we receive about main power upgrades from our St. Charles and St. Louis clients, and answers from our experienced team:
Will I Experience an Interruption in Power During Service?
Yes, there will be an interruption for your safety. The interruption will only last as long as the service is performed, which segues into the next question.
How long does the service last?
This will vary a lot depending on your electrical needs. We won't rush the process, and we'll be there to answer all of your questions. Most of our jobs can be completed within an 8-hour day, but this timeline may be longer if the job is more complicated. But once your service is done, it's done for decades, potentially up to 40 years.
Can a Homeowner Replace an Electric Panel?
It's understandable that you might want to save some money by replacing your home's electric panel yourself. However, this is a job that is best left to a professional.
First of all, it's more complicated than it appears. Even if you're familiar with electrical work, there are a lot of safety risks involved. One wrong move could result in serious injury or even death. There are on average about 10 deaths a year and 750 serious injuries a year from DIY electrical work. J. Bathe Electric wants to make sure St. Louis, St. Charles and the surrounding community is kept safe.
Secondly, there's a good chance that your work won't be up to code. This could lead to problems down the road and end up costing you more in the long run.
So if you're thinking about replacing your electric panel, be sure to hire a professional electrician. It's the safest and most advisable option.
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The saying that “if something isn’t broke, don’t fix it!” may apply to some appliances, but not to your electric panels. Just because your electric panel is technically working does not mean that it is serving your home very well. Electric panels, especially those in older homes, were originally designed to have a lower amperage, simply because homeowners did not have that many appliances to plug in. Now, however, almost all our devices run on electricity, and they run on more than ever as well. The hot tubs, air conditioners, and surround sound systems used by residents in St. Louis simply require too much energy to be supplied by an old, outdated panel.