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Electrical panels distribute electricity through the home. The more electric usage a home gets, the stronger the panel should be. If your panel is too weak, using multiple electric devices will cause your breakers to trip often. If you want to better supply your home efficiently flowing electricity, you may want to consider an electrical panel upgrade in Parker CO, instead of a regular repair.

There are different strengths of electrical panels with weaker ones usually located in older and smaller homes. In the 1960s electrical panels started replacing fuse boxes as the way to control electrical currents. Those panels were 60 amp panels and are not commonly seen anymore because 100 amp panels are the minimum requirement for electric code. While your 60 amp panel may still function fine if you have one, finding replacement parts of circuit breakers may become increasingly difficult. It may be time to consider a panel upgrade!

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Does your home still have a Fuse Box?

If your home still has a fuse box, there is no need to fret. Fuse boxes are viable current distributors throughout your home and if correct fuses are used, do not need to be replaced with an electrical box. However, there are many advantages to upgrade from a fuse box to an electrical panel. If you want to explore that option call us for a FREE quote and recommendation.

This picture shows a fuse box upgrade to a panel installation in Parker CO.

Upgrade Fuse Box to a Circuit Breaker

Fuses are not expensive, but the process of constantly buying and replacing them can be very annoying. This is the main reason why electrical panel boxes have replaced fuse boxes since the 1960s and beyond. In Parker CO, fuse boxes may still used, especially in historic houses, but they are very rare. If your fuse box still works well it doesn’t necessarily need to be replaced. However you may decide to do so for convenience, more power, or if you are selling your home. If you are unsure if you should replace your fuse box, contact Pro Electrician Parker to get a free quote on what the cost could be.

Upgrade For More Amperage

Even though 100 amp panels are considered up to code, they are still not common in modern homes. If your home is over 1,000 sq feet of living space, you will need or want a stronger electric panel.

Today most modern homes are built with 150 amp and 200 amp electrical panels. Some may even have 400 amp panels depending on the size. The only houses that may need to consider panels stronger than 200 amps are large homes or ones with many strong and redundant appliances.

In addition to the breakers in your electrical panel, your home has a separate main breaker. If your home’s main breaker keeps tripping, this is a good sign that you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. The main breaker looks just like your other circuit breakers, but it trips, you will lose all electricity in your home! If you do not know the difference between standard circuit breakers and your main breaker, please seek a professional for help!

This pictures shows an electrical panel upgrade in Parker Co. The electrician is testing the circuit breaker.

Upgrade For More Amperage

Even though 100 amp panels are considered up to code, they are still not common in modern homes. If your home is over 1,000 sq feet of living space, you will need or want a stronger electric panel.

Today most modern homes are built with 150 amp and 200 amp electrical panels. Some may even have 400 amp panels depending on the size. The only houses that may need to consider panels stronger than 200 amps are large homes or ones with many strong and redundant appliances.

In addition to the breakers in your electrical panel, your home has a separate main breaker. If your home’s main breaker keeps tripping, this is a good sign that you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. The main breaker looks just like your other circuit breakers, but it trips, you will lose all electricity in your home! If you do not know the difference between standard circuit breakers and your main breaker, please seek a professional for help!

When To Replace an Electrical Panel in Parker?

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When your electrical panel is not distributing electricity properly through your home, it can cause things to overheat and even burn. Panels break or may need upgrading. Electrical panels should be replaced every 25 to 40 years. Look at several examples to see if it may be time for an electrical panel installation or replacement in Parker:

Burning smells – Burn odors when nothing is cooking is a sign that too much energy is making its way through the house.
Scorch marks around the outlet – This could be the cause of your burning smells! Burn marks at the outlet indicate that too much electricity is building up at the socket area.

✔ A hot electrical panel – Also related to burning smells, a hot panel can quickly turn into an electrical fire if the heats builds too much.

Small shocks when handling appliances – This may not be due to your electrical panel and can be the light switch or wiring as well.

Flickering lights – One of the causes of flickering or dimming lights could be a stronger appliance sucking power away from a different circuit. If this is due to a weak electrical panel, you may need a panel upgrade.

Breakers keep tripping – Anytime a circuit trips, it indicates that your home’s electricity is not being managed properly. If the main breaker keeps tripping especially, it’s time to upgrade or replace the panel.

Looking to install a large electrical appliance to your home, such as an AC system? You may want to consider upgrading your panel. Looking to sell your home? This is another great reason to upgrade your panel! If you need electricity to get to places further from the main panel you may benefit from a sub panel installation Parker. Common examples are garages, upstairs, or room additions.

If you are unsure if you have a problem with your electrical panel, let our top electricians at Pro Electrician Parker guide you on what is best for your home. We would love to provide you a free quote or estimate for all your electrical needs including electrical panel installation or upgrade in Parker.

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FAQs

What is an Electrical Panel?

Your electrical panel in your home accepts all the power from the grid, distributing and regulating it to all the different circuits that need power. If too much electric current goes through a circuit heat builds and it can cause a fire. Circuit breakers inside the panel box have been designed to cut the electricity flow, which stops fires. It is an essential part of electric safety for all homes.
You may also know it as an electric panel, circuit breaker box, load center, and a variety of different names using these words. Electrical panels go by many names.

What is a Fuse Box?

It’s possible that your home doesn’t have a circuit breaker box. Before electrical panels or circuit breaker boxes existed, the fuse box was Colorado’s way of distributing power through the home.

Fuse boxes use fuses instead of circuits. Fuses break a circuit from exposure of too much energy, but it doesn’t trip like a circuit breaker does. Instead of tripping, a fuse will absorb the heat from the current to the point where it breaks! When this occurs, it’s known as a blown fuse. After burning out, the fuse will no longer work and electricity will not be able to go through the circuit.

Even though they react very differently, circuit breakers and fuses function in almost the same way. While a fuse may be more sensitive than a circuit breaker, the major advantage for a circuit breaker is that it can easily be reset, like flicking a light switch. When a fuse is blown however, it must be replaced for that circuit to work again.

Fuses are not expensive, but the process of constantly buying and replacing them can be very annoying. This is the main reason why electrical panel boxes have replaced fuse boxes since the 1960s and beyond. If you still have on, consider giving us a call to evaluate the need for a panel upgrade in Parker and nearby cities.