Has an insurance adjuster told you that they won’t write you an insurance policy because of your electrical panel?
Would you like to add a piece of machinery in your garage for your favourite hobby, whether it be wood working or working on cars, but your current electrical panel is all filled up?
Whether you have an old unsafe panel or a small panel, you may need to have a new panel upgrade done by Wieser Electric.
Some signs that you may need a panel upgrade are flickering lights and breakers that trip constantly.
So what is an electrical panel? Think of your electrical panel as the heart of your electrical system. If your panel (heart) were to stop working, then you would have a big problem on your hands.
All the power that comes into your home comes from the electrical utility first, then to your electric service. From there it goes to your electric panel (heart). From there, electricity is distributed in wires to different locations providing you power where you need it most.
You may not have a panel with circuit breakers; you may have an outdated fuse box or even worse, an electrical panel that will not trip on a short circuit.
Your electrical system has a lifespan. Some say, 25, 40 or more. It is often based on temperature, cleanliness and maintenance of your electrical equipment.
Unfortunately, many outdated panels and breakers are in thousands of homes and while you can get replacement breakers for these panels, they can be very expensive, sometimes it’s a better option to just replace the entire panel.
Oddly enough, there are even a number of breaker panels found in Ontario that were meant for American homes. Check yours out...was it made by a company called Federal Pacific? The Federal Pacific panels look just like the Canadian brand of panels made by Federal Pioneer, but they are NOT APPROVED for use in Canadian homes. It is important that these panels be removed as they are a known fire hazard and can endanger you and your family.
Circuit breakers are designed to shut off quickly if there is ever a problem (a fraction of a second). This keeps you and your family safe from electrocution, electric shock and house fires. With the old-style breakers, some of them will not trip under a test load for at least one minute; some did not trip (turn off) at all.
Problems arise from electrical panels for many reasons. We will list just a few below:
- Loose connections
- Burnt connections
- Double tapped circuits
- Old outdated fuses
- Not certified
- No main single switch cutoff (models made before the mid 1960s)
Unfortunately, we have seen just that in many of the homes around Kingston. If your home is in need of a panel upgrade, then call Wieser Electric today. We will send one of our highly qualified safety electricians to your home and give you a complete evaluation.
What about expansion? Want to add a new addition to your house? How about a hot tub? If so, you will need to evaluate your current panels capacity...and Wieser Electric can help!
By having a new panel or load-centre installed in your home it will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your home’s electrical system and help avoid electrical hazards and that is what it’s about. Keeping your loved ones safe.
If you have any questions or concerns about your electrical panel or general electrical questions, then call Wieser Electric today.