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My Electrical Panel Is Out Of Date. Should I Be Concerned?

Electrical Tips

Unsafe Breaker Box Photo

Unsafe Breaker Box

Today’s homes use a lot more electricity than homes even 20 years ago used. Most Kansas City homeowners don’t know that older breaker boxes (also called electrical panels or service panels) can become outdated, overloaded and even dangerous. At Jeremy Electrical, we can help. Besides service panel repairs, we can upgrade your distribution panels. Capacity upgrades are necessary if you’re adding new equipment to your home or business that will use more electricity. We can also perform fuse box to circuit breaker upgrades if you have an outdated panel. If you haven’t had your fuse box inspected in a while, give the electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call and we can inspect your fuse box or service panel for safety.

Outdated Service Panels Are Not Safe

A lot of homes in the Kansas City area have outdated service panels. If your home is over 20 years old, your panel could use an upgrade or maybe even replacement. Old panels can cause fires if overloaded. If fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently, it may be an indication that your home’s circuits are overloaded. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or cracking, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. We replace old panels to rid your home of this danger. For more information about electrical panels, check out our Electrical Panel Safety Checklist.

Breaker Box Upgrades Help Your Home Meet Today’s Electrical Demands

Think about all of the electric and electronic devices we have today. Most homes have several televisions, at least one entertainment system, video game systems, security systems, one to two refrigerators, sometimes even two separate heating and cooling systems. All of these need electricity to run. Your home’s breaker box may not be properly equipped to handle all of that. Here are some signs that you may need an electrical panel upgrade:

  • You unplug one appliance so you can plug in another
  • Your breakers trip often
  • You have old 60 amp service
  • Your breaker box is a mass of wires
  • You are planning to remodel

There are several electrical panel brands that are known to cause problems. If you have any of these brands, call us for a replacement right away – Federal Pacific, Zinsco, Pushmatic, or Bulldog.

Call Jeremy Services for an Electrical Panel Safety Check or Upgrade

If your Kansas City area home has an old fuse box or breaker panel or you are constantly blowing fuses, you may need a service panel upgrade. Call us today at 913-375-0070. We’ll check for other electrical problems or hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry.