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Upgrading Your Home’s Electrical System – When Is It Time?

September 13, 20232 min read

Is your home’s electrical system outdated and struggling to meet your family’s daily demands? Knowing when it’s time to upgrade your electrical panel and wiring is important. Waiting too long can result in safety issues and damage, while upgrading too soon can mean spending money unnecessarily. Consider these signs it’s time for an electrical system upgrade. As always, contact us as your residential electricians if you have any questions.

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Frequent Tripped Breakers

If you find yourself constantly resetting tripped circuit breakers when you use large appliances, it likely means your electrical panel can’t handle the power load. Upgrading the breaker box and wiring will help.

Not Enough Circuits

If your home’s circuits are overloaded with multiple appliances and electronics on each one, it’s putting stress on the wires. Additional circuits are needed to optimize power distribution. 

Old Fuse Box

An old fuse box with screw or pull-out fuses that require replacement is obsolete and dangerous. Replacing it with a modern circuit breaker panel should be a top priority.

Grounding Issues

Proper grounding protects you from electric shocks and protects devices from power surges. If you have no grounded outlets or experience frequent tripped GFCIs, a rewire may be needed.

Flickering Lights

Lights that dim or flicker when certain devices turn on indicate your home’s wiring can’t deliver adequate, stable power. Upgrading the wiring will solve this.

Safety Hazards

Exposed, knob-and-tube wiring or frayed, cracked wires pose serious safety risks for fire and electrocution. These red flags require immediate electrical panel upgrades.

Planning Home Expansions

If you’ll be adding more living space or devices that require a lot of power, upgrade your panel and circuits first to accommodate the extra load.

As homes age and power demands grow, electrical systems eventually need upgrading. An electrician can assess your home and determine if it could benefit from upgrades for safety, efficiency and convenience. As local Monmouth County electricians, we are here to help you upgrade your home!

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