Residential Electrical Panel: When to Upgrade This Essential Component

Thursday, Mar. 9th 2023

Residential Electrical Panel: When to Upgrade This Essential Component

A residential electrical panel is a part of your home that despite being critically important, you don’t often have on your mind. Despite being out-of-mind, without necessary upgrades, nothing could become more of a bother. JMC Electric can help you upgrade your panel if it proves necessary and until then, offers this guide to help you determine if you need to consider replacing your residential electrical panel.
Signs You Need An Upgrade
  • Burning or Scorch Marks
If you find burn marks where a circuit break connects inside your panel, you might have a serious problem. The problem could be something as simple as a loose connection inside the residential electrical panel but it could also be that your panel is undersized for your home’s power demands. Having an electrician from JMC Electric look into the problem is strongly advised either way.
  • Panel is Warm to the Touch
A residential electrical panel’s job is to regulate your electrical system. Overheating can trigger a circuit breaker to trip and will protect your home from a potential fire. If the panel itself becomes warm to the touch, this means there is a larger issue going on.
  • Panel is Rusting
If your residential electrical panel is rusting, that means that water has somehow made contact with it. Whether this water is from a roof leak, a plumbing leak, or something else, water and electricity do not mix. Not only should a rusted panel be replaced by a professional, but you should determine how the water damage occurred so that you can prevent the problem from happening again.
  • Recent Appliance or Home Upgrades
Increasing the size of your kitchen or upgrading to larger appliances in your laundry room can create a larger drain on your system. If your panel was designed to be used with your home the way it was at an earlier time and you have since made major changes, it’s time to consider an upgrade. JMC Electric has a qualified team that can help you make these kinds of decisions.
JMC Electric has over 20 years of experience offering residential and commercial electrician services in Kansas City and the surrounding communities. Our licensed and trained team will be able to upgrade your panel or cover any other electricity needs you might have. Contact us today by clicking here or calling us at (913) 362-2100 or (816) 298-0100 for a free estimate on our services.

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