Electrical panel upgrades are a necessity in preventing electrical issues resulting from the addition of modern, technologically advanced appliances to older homes. In addition, today’s electrical panels offer far more reliability and safety than their outdated predecessors.
You hear crackling sounds from the electrical panel.
You see corrosion and rust on the circuit breakers.
The interior of the electrical panel feels warm.
Appliances are running at less than full power.
Outlets near water sources – such as sinks, tubs, dishwashers and clothes washers – are not GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters). These outlets stop the electricity if an appliance comes into contact with water, preventing electrocution.
You’re always using extension cords.
Your home has 60-amp electrical service.
Your home has a 100-amp electrical service, but it still can’t operate some appliances.
Your older home has a fuse block panel or split-bus panel, which do not have a main breaker.