Your TVs, electronic devices, HVAC systems, appliances and other items may be putting too much strain on your home or business' electrical system. If this happens, you might need to upgrade your main electrical panel. Call Electric City today to have one of our expert electricians repair or upgrade your panels. A family-owned company, we proudly service the Katy, TX area.
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When to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel
How old is your current electrical panel? Can it sufficiently keep up with your household’s electrical demands? If your system is aging and struggling to keep up with your needs then it can be time to upgrade your electrical panel.
Upgrading your panel can allow you to:
- Use more outlets and circuits
- Prevent some electrical repairs
- Avoid overloaded breakers
- Reduce overcrowded outlets
- Give more power to larger appliances
Common Electrical Panel Issues
When your electrical panel starts to malfunction it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Some of the more common issues you might encounter can include:
- Overcrowding: If your property is older it might not have sufficient amps in the electrical panel. This can cause you to have a crowded panel that may have double-tapped breakers with multiple wires connected to the same breaker.
- Insufficient capacity: If you experience power surges and flickering lights it can mean that the electrical panel is too small for your home and power needs.
- Corrosion: Any signs of rust, water damage or other forms of corrosion should be inspected by a professional.
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What to Expect During an Electrical Inspection
When you schedule an inspection with an electrical contractor you can expect him or her to perform the following tasks at your home or business.
- Check the electrical meter
- Inspect the cables entering your house
- Examine the grounding system
- Check the electrical panel
- Inspect the GFCI and AFCI outlets
- Look for wiring issues
- Check any safety devices
- Look for surge protection on the panel and on appliances