Replacement of a Circuit Breaker Panel

Replacement of a Circuit Breaker Panel: How to Choose a New Panel

Your breaker electrical panel is a key component of your home. This piece of equipment contains all the circuit breakers or fuses that safely provide power throughout your entire house.

However, as your home’s electricity needs to grow and evolve, it may be time for a new panel or upgraded panel. This can help ensure your panel meets the needs of your home while also eliminating potential fire hazards and avoiding some safety issues.

Here are some steps involved in choosing a new panel:

1) Watch for Signs that You May Require an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Age is a key reason why many panels fail to function effectively. The average panel lasts approximately 20 to 30 years. Over time, its components can wear down and you may notice your circuit breakers trip more frequently.

It’s also important to be aware of damage, poor installation, or a panel being too small for your home’s needs. If you’ve recently added to your home or renovated, you may be demanding too much from your current panel. Keep an eye out for the following warning signs indicating that it may be time to assess your panel:

  • Dimming or flickering lights
  • Burning or melting plastic odours
  • Circuit breaker failure
  • Electrical outlets that are warm to the touch
  • Buzzing outlets or switches
  • The heat coming from your electrical panel
  • Scorched plugs or outlets

2) Connect with Professional Toronto Electrical Contractors

If you notice any of the noted warning signs, it’s important to connect with a certified electrician immediately. An electrical system that’s showing signs of concern should not be overlooked. Be sure to connect with a qualified electrician from the get-go to ensure your home’s safety. In Toronto and the GTA, connect with Langstaff & Sloan. We have been providing electrical services since 1991. Our courteous electricians will treat your home with respect and bring excellence and experience to the job. You can rely on our quality services that are completed with safety top of mind.

3) Determine the Next Steps for Electrical Panel Replacement or Upgrade

After assessing your needs, an electrician can provide you with information on the work required. For example, updating an electrical panel may involve changing your service size, or simply changing the breaker panel. In some cases, adding circuit breakers to the existing box or introducing a sub-panel to expand the box might be all that is needed.

You can rely on the professional, certified electricians with Langstaff & Sloan to explain the process and take care of details such as obtaining a permit and involving your local utility.

For support with your home’s electrical needs, connect with us at Langstaff & Sloan. You can rely on our team to take care of any issues you have. This includes troubleshooting, upgrades, and more residential services. To learn more and discuss your home’s electrical needs, reach out to us today.