How to Know if you Need an Electric Panel Upgrade

Having a safe and up-to-date electric panel can be critical to making sure your home and family are safe. Faulty electric systems are one of the most common causes of property damage in America. Knowing when to replace your electric panel can seem like a complicated task, but at RC Electric, we are here to make things simple for you. With over 20 years of experience as your go-to local electricians in Tallahassee, FL., here are some simple signals you can look out for.

Circuit Breaker Trips Often

If you notice that your circuit breaker trips regularly when multiple devices are being used in your home, this can be a telltale sign that your electric panel could use an update. Many older homes in Florida were built to electrical codes that did not take into consideration the amount of technology our homes would be running off of today.

Your home still uses an old Fuse Box

Homes built before the 1960’s used what is called a Fuse Box. All homes after this period now use circuit panels, this is because the panels use breakers to disconnect electrical circuits in the event of overloading. The lack of this safety feature presents a major safety concern for any homes still using fuse boxes, and if this is still in use a homeowner should schedule an upgrade as soon as possible.

Your electric panel feels warm

If your home’s electric panel is warm to the touch or gives off a burning smell, this is a sign you should contact a licensed electrician immediately. Faulty panels may not be properly distributing power to the home and can present an immediate danger of fire.

Flickering indoor lights

If you have noticed recently that your lights begin to flicker or become dim throughout the day, you could likely need an upgrade to your electric panel. Lights in your home should never be dimmer than intended, and this along with flickering can be a sign that your panel is improperly distributing power to the appliances in your home.

At RC Electrical, we understand the importance of electrical safety in your home. If any of these apply to you, or even if you still aren’t sure, feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation where we can put your concerns at ease.