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Why an Electrical Panel Replacement Is Worth the Cost

Electrical Panel Replacement CostIf your home has an older electrical panel, you might have thought about upgrading it. However, you could be wondering if it’s worth the cost. Many homeowners do find that it’s completely worth it to hire an electrician to upgrade their electrical panel. These are a few reasons why.

Modern Homes Require a Heavier Electrical Load Capacity

For one thing, if your home is older, there is a chance that you use more electric-powered appliances and devices than were standard when the home was first built. This means that your home’s electrical system might have a hard time keeping up with the heavier load, which can prevent you from using all of your appliances and devices without causing your breakers to trip.

Safety from Electrical Fires

Electrical fires can and do happen each year. In fact, there are approximately 51,000 home electrical fires each year, which leads to a whopping 500 deaths per year. If your electrical panel is outdated, there is a chance that you and your family are at risk of becoming victims of an electrical fire. This could put you and your household in serious danger and could cause you to lose your beloved home and all of your precious belongings. Having your electrical panel replaced and all of your house’s wiring checked now can help ensure that your home’s electrical system is as safe as possible.

Improve Your Home’s Resale Value

As a homeowner, it is probably important to you to do what you can to increase and maintain your home’s value. One good way to boost your home’s value and to make it more appealing in the event that you choose to put it on the market is to upgrade the electrical panel. This can serve as a great selling point if you do choose to put your home up for sale at some time in the future and could allow you to get more money for your home when it does sell.

As you can see, upgrading your home’s electrical panel can be well worth the cost for many reasons. Call us at (913) 375-0070 or contact us at Jeremy Electrical today, and we can tell you more about the importance of replacing your outdated electrical panel and can schedule an appointment to come to your home.

How to Label Your Electrical Panel in Ten Minutes

Label Electrical PanelIf you’re a homeowner, there are some basic things you need to know about your electrical panel. It’s usually located in a corner of the basement or garage. It goes by many different names including “fuse box,” “fuse panel,” and “circuit breaker panel“, but they all refer to the same piece of equipment. Today, we typically call it the electrical service panel, or simply, the service panel.

Note: If your home still has an actual fuse box with fuses that screw or pull in/out, call us for an upgrade. Homes built between 1950 and 1965 typically have these 60-amp fuse boxes and they should be updated for safety.

Unmarked Electrical Panels Make Repairs a Hassle

So you have a little electrical problem in your house – let’s say you’re the handy type and you’re replacing a faulty outlet in the bedroom. The first thing you do is go to the basement or garage to find the electric service panel to shut off the power to that room. What you find is an unmarked breaker box. Great, now you either have to shut off the main power (which leaves you with no power at all to the entire house) or figure out which breaker coordinates with the bedroom you need to turn off.

If it’s nighttime, forget it, because you will have no light to work with unless you want to hold a flashlight in one hand while you try to work. If it’s daytime, you’ll have to have another person stand in that room and yell out when the lights go off as you flip breaker after breaker to find the correct one. (Spouses love to do this…not). Or, if you don’t have someone else at home, you can get your cardio in by flipping each breaker and running back upstairs to check yourself. Good times.

Print This Sheet to Quickly Label Your Electrical Panel

The point is, it’s a lot of hassle that can be avoided by simply labeling your electrical panel once.

It’s super easy and once it’s done, you never have to wonder which breaker controls which rooms/appliances again!

At Jeremy Electrical, being an established and experienced Kansas City electrician service, we find that most homeowners’ breaker boxes are not labeled. That’s why we created these easy to use electrical panel stickers that make it fast and easy to label it. Simply print them out on sticky label paper, then peel and stick as you identify each breaker. Print out several and share them with family members, neighbors, and friends. Be smart and be safe and label your electrical panel today.

If you need help with anything electrical in your home (or business), give Jeremy Electrical a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

 

How Do I Know if My Electrical Panel Is Out of Date?

Is My Electrical Panel Out of DateWhen was the last time you checked your electrical service panel, otherwise known as a breaker box? Most homeowners only check them when they have an electrical problem like a light stops working, an appliance won’t function, or a breaker blows. 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.

Even though your electrical panel may be functioning properly, your breaker box may still be out of date. Electrical service panels should be replaced every 20 to 30 years. If you’ve been in your home that long, or if you moved into an existing home, your panel may be outdated. If you notice burn marks, hear buzzing or crackling, 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.

We Perform Breaker Box Safety Inspections

Today’s homes use a lot more electricity than homes even just 20 years ago used. Most Kansas City homeowners don’t know that older electrical 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 electrical panel inspected in a while, give the electricians at Jeremy Electrical a call and we can inspect it for safety.

Related Read: Breaker Box 101: A Guide to Electrical Panel Parts

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

Think about all of the electric and electronic devices you use in your home every day. 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:

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: 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 Sylvania.

Call Jeremy Services for an Electrical Panel Safety Check Or UpgradeCall us today at 913-375-0070. We’ll check for other electrical problems or hazards. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Attention Older Homeowners: Check for These 4 Dangerous Electrical Panel Brands

Dangerous Electrical Panel BrandsIf you live in an older home, there’s a distinct possibility that your electrical panel is old and outdated. Believe it or not, we still find old, dangerous electrical panels in use in older homes. Electrical panels should be replaced every 20 – 30 years. Check your electrical panel to make sure that it isn’t one of the following brands. These electrical panels were found to be defective and could cause fires. All of the electricity in your home flows through your panel, and it keeps your home safe by detecting electrical problems such as circuit overloads and tripping the circuit to keep your home from hazards like fires.

Knowing basic information about your panel is very important. You should know the size and brand of your panel to ensure it’s up to code, and there are no known recalls or issues. If your home has any of the brands below, you will want to call the trusted electricians at Jeremy Electrical to assess your electrical panel and possibly replace it with a new one.

FEDERAL PACIFIC

These breakers were commonly installed in homes around the United States from the 1950s to the 1990s. Several tests over the years have shown that one in four of these breakers will be defective and not properly trip, causing a fire hazard. Don’t be a victim to something that is preventable. Check your panel today.

ZINSCO

Zinsco was a very popular electrical panel brand. While there are very few of these breakers in operation today, because of their popularity, we still occasionally run across them in older homes. As society’s electrical demands increased, these breakers were not able to keep up. It was found that they would allow electricity to burn until the wires melted, leaving homes at risk of fire and homeowners at risk for shock.

Related Read: 3 Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel

SYLVANIA

Sylvania panels were used in the US in the 60s and 70s. They were Zinsco panels, bought out by Sylvania, and the only major change in the panel was the Sylvania logo. They have the same problems as Zinsco panels. If you have one of these breakers, they are also uninsurable.

ITE/BULLDOG PUSHMATIC

These types of breakers are so old they don’t manufacture any replacement parts anymore. Besides being archaic, they’ve are also grease-fed breakers, which means that if they are not used and serviced regularly, they become difficult to operate. If you have one of these, you definitely need an update.

If you don’t have one of the panels above, but know yours is getting old, it might be time to replace it anyway. All panels wear over time, and we suggest replacing yours every 20 years or so. If you’re not sure how old yours is, we can come perform a safety inspection to determine if yours needs to be replaced or not.

3 Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel

Need New Electrical PanelElectrical fires are no joke. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home electrical fires cause 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage every year. Old electrical panels are the cause of many of these fires. How can you protect yourself from electrical fires due to electrical panels? The team at Jeremy Electrical put together this list of signs to look for.

Signs Your Breaker Box Is Outdated

Recognizing the signs that your electrical panel or breaker box is in need of repair or replacement is the first step to protecting yourself and your family. Look for these three main signs:

1. Light Bulbs Burn Out Quickly and Often

If bulbs in your home burn out often, this is a sign of a faulty electrical panel. The electrical panel’s job is to regulate the flow of electricity. A faulty electrical panel can cause current to fluctuate. If there is too much current, light bulbs will burn out more quickly than they should.

Related Reads: 3 Great Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

2. Appliances Don’t Run at Full Power

A lack of current is also a sign of a faulty electrical panel. If the lights flicker or dim while your dryer is running, for example, this is a sign that they are not getting enough current. Pay attention to the lights and if you see repetitive dimming, have your electrical panel checked by a licensed electrician.

3. You See Rust on the Electrical Panel

Rust on or in your electrical panel is a danger sign. If there is rust on your electrical panel, it has been exposed to moisture. Water and electricity don’t mix well, so this could be an indicator of a serious problem. Sparks flying and electricity arcing could result if the breaker box is not replaced immediately.

Inspect All Breaker Boxes That Are 20 Years Old

If you notice any of these three signs, have your electrical panel checked for safety. As a general rule of thumb, If your home is more than 20 years old, you should have your electrical panel inspected for safety. Jeremy Electrical is here to help. One of our professional electricians can inspect your electrical panel and keep you and your family safe.

Give us a call at (913) 375-0070 if you have any questions or concerns about your electrical panel. You can also contact us online. And while you’re here, make sure to take advantage of our exclusive offer below:

Breaker Box 101: A Guide to Electrical Panel Parts

Are you familiar with your home’s breaker box? If you’re not, you should familiarize yourself with it since a properly functioning, properly sized breaker box stands between breaker box guideyour family and an electrical fire.

A breaker box — aka electrical panel — is mounted on the wall, usually in the basement of a home, and its purpose is to take in electricity supplied by your power company and redistribute it throughout your home via electrical circuits. Inside the breaker box are the following components:

Circuit Breakers

These are rocking switches that act as safety devices to quickly shut off power to a circuit when there’s too much electricity flowing through it. When that happens, and the breaker rocks to the “off” position, we say that the circuit breaker for that zone has “tripped”.

Most of the circuit breakers in your breaker box are single pole breakers, meaning they can handle 120 volts of power and are either 15 or 20 amps. (Remember 15 and 20 amp fuses? electrical panel guideCircuit breakers are the modern equivalent of those old-fashioned devices.) Some of the circuit breakers — the ones that look like two single breakers stuck together — are double pole breakers. As you may have guessed, they can handle a larger power load of 240 volts and are typically between 15 and 125 amps. These are for the large appliances in your home like your refrigerator, stove, clothes dryer, water heater, etc.

There are also some “special purpose” breakers designed to provide your home with extra protection from fire (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters or AFCIs) and electrocution (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters or GFCIs).

Service Disconnect Switch

This is where the electricity that powers your home comes into the electrical panel. The service disconnect — sometimes called the main breaker — looks like a larger version of a circuit breaker and is usually found at the very top or bottom of the breaker box. It can handle 100 to 200 amps. In case of emergency, this is where you can turn off power to your home by rocking the switch to the “off” position.

Expansion Slots

These are empty slots that are there to accommodate extra circuit breakers when a licensed electrician adds additional circuits to your home due to, for example, a room addition.

Determining the Right Size Breaker Box for Your Needs

Most homes have either 100 or 200-amp breaker boxes. This refers to the amount of electricity the electrical panel can handle. Most newer homes opt for the larger size to accommodate the ever-growing collection of electrical devices in a modern household. If you have a 100-amp box and need more circuits, you can either add a “sub-panel” or upgrade to the larger 200-amp breaker box.

Replacing a Breaker Box

The average lifespan of a breaker box is 60 years, but this can vary, and the circuit breakers themselves can stop working properly and fail to turn off electricity to an overloaded circuit as a result. For that reason, it’s a good idea to have your breaker box inspected by a licensed electrician, especially if you live in an older home and you aren’t sure of the age of the electrical panel.

Have more questions about your electrical panel and how it works? For your Kansas City-area home, give the professionals at Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling a call at 913-375-0070 or simply contact us online! We would love to answer your questions, or you can take advantage of our exclusive offer below:

3 Great Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

Usually, when we replace an electrical panel (also called a breaker box), it’s because the panel is outdated and dangerous (a fire hazard), the home needs more electrical capacity than the old breaker box can handle (breakers keep tripping), or there is a problem with the functioning of the panel (they can be damaged by aging and moisture). What many homeowners don’t realize is that there are other advantages to updating your breaker box.

1. New Electrical Panels Save Energy

According to recent data, a new electrical panel can save anywhere from 10-30% on energy use. A brand new panel from is tailored to provide the electrical load required, not the maximum electrical load that it can pull from the grid. This optimization helps to reduce power consumption and electrical costs over time.

2.Updating Your Breaker Box Makes Your Home Safer

family with daughter loving lifeElectricity can be deadly if not handled properly. New electrical panels include arc fault protection, GFCI protection, and surge protection so your home, the people in it, and expensive electronic equipment, are all safer. All of these factors also prevent damage to the electrical system itself and will help you avoid expensive repairs.

3. Updated Electrical Panels Add Resale Value to Your Home

Studies have shown that a new electrical replacement panel can actually be worth between $2,000 and $5,000 to a home’s value. That provides an immediate return on the investment to upgrade the electrical system.

Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling is a leading Kansas City area electrician. We can replace your old inefficient electrical panel and make sure your home is safe. For more information, give us a call at (913) 375-0070 or contact us online.

If Your Home Is 20 Years Old, Your Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade

Most homeowners don’t think about their electrical panels…ever. Why would you? If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? At Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling, we think about electrical panels every day. That’s because we see the effects of time, use, and environment on residential breaker boxes.

What Makes Electrical Panels Go Bad?

“What do you see?” you might ask. We’re glad you did.

  • outdated breaker box tips suggestionsWe see the incorrect style of breakers installed or breakers that are installed incorrectly.
  • We see loose terminations (the connections that hold the wires to the breakers). This creates arcing and can damage the breaker and the bus bars in the panel.
  • We see damaged breaker boxes that have had moisture inside them. Moisture creates oxidation and corrosion on the bus bars inside.
  • We see breaker boxes with fuses – yikes, that means they’re really old
  • We see old brands of electrical panels that are not safe. If you have one of these, replace it immediately.

Related Read: My Electrical Panel Is Out of Date. Should I Be Concerned?

4 Electrical Panel Brands That Are Dangerous to Have in Your Home

Old electrical panels pose several hazards. 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 crackling, or smell burning plastic around or inside the electrical panel, have a qualified electrician check the panel immediately. Here is a list of electrical panels that are dangerous to have in your home. If you have any of these brands, call an electrician immediately to replace them:

FEDERAL PACIFIC
These breakers were commonly installed in homes around the United States from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Several tests over the years have shown that one in four of these breakers will be defective and not properly trip, causing a fire hazard.

ZINSCO
While there are very few of these breakers in operation today, they were once very popular. As society’s electrical demands increased though, these breakers were not able to keep up. It was found that they would allow electricity to burn until it runs out or the wires melted, leaving homes at risk of fire and homeowners at risk for shock.

ITE/BULLDOG PUSHMATIC
These types of breakers are older systems that don’t have any replacement parts that are manufactured anymore, which is part of the problem. They’ve also been found to be grease-fed breakers, which means that if they are not used and serviced regularly, they become difficult to operate.

SYLVANIA
Sylvania panels were used in US in 60s and 70s. They were Zinsco panels, bought out by Sylvania, and the only major change in the panel was the Sylvania logo. They have the same problems as Zinsco panels. If you have one of these breakers, they are also uninsurable.

If you think your electrical panel is out of date, call Jeremy Electrical, Heating & Cooling today at (913) 375-0070. We can come to your home and give you a free estimate on replacement.


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

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.