Whenever you have trouble with your electrical systems or appliances, it is vital to work with a professional to diagnose the root issue. While many issues can be addressed directly at the component level by replacing damaged wiring or changing out a faulty fixture, sometimes the problem occurs because the existing electrical panel cannot support the energy load. The only way to address this issue is to invest in an electrical panel upgrade.
Residential Electrical Panel Upgrades
Home circuit breaker panels will remain effective for up to 40 years, with some homes only achieving 25 years of service on average. If your home was built more than 30 years ago, it might be time to upgrade your electrical panels to ensure they meet the standard 200-amps needed to power the modern lifestyle.
Any home built before 1960 will likely have an old-fashioned panel with fuses. Any time one of these fuses burns out, it will need to be replaced to restore power to the home. The best option for fixing this is an electrical panel upgrade that includes circuit breakers. With these systems, fuses will no longer be needed, and the circuits can be reset with the flip of a switch.
Before you invest in new appliances or add new technologies to your home, reach out to Arrow Electric and let us test your existing electrical panel to ensure it will continue to provide the level of support needed. If we find that an electrical panel upgrade makes the most sense for your home, our professional electricians can present you with options to help you make the decision that makes the most sense.
Commercial Electrical Panel Upgrades
Modern technology has continued to evolve rapidly over the last few decades; however, many commercial buildings are still operating with insufficient wiring or dated electrical panels that were not designed to meet current specifications. Because businesses often require more power than a typical home, a 240-volt circuit is usually recommended.
Commercial electrical panels are required to have a “dead front” by both Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This protects any live parts of the electrical panel from being exposed to the person on the operating side – effectively preventing electrical shock.
Businesses will often utilize a range of devices and electronic equipment that can quickly tax an improper electrical panel. This often leads to the need for specialty outlets and dedicated circuits that enable smooth and safe operation. Working with a professional electrician, like Arrow Electric, to install a new commercial electrical panel improves performance and ensures safety code compliance.