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When Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Questions about electrical panel upgrades are quite common, and in fact, they’re one of the most popular reasons why a homeowner reaches out to a Toronto electrical contractor. While there are many reasons why you may need to upgrade your electrical meter and panel, a good electrician will take the time to understand why you think you need an upgrade and walk you through possible options.

Homeowners often inquire about panel upgrades when they’ve experienced breakers blowing, flickering lights or because they’ve been told by their insurance company that it would be a good idea. However, one of the biggest topics of discussion when it comes to an electrical panel upgrade should revolve around future home use and improvements.

Electrical Services Panel Upgrade –Helping You Have the House You Want

As mentioned, a good electrician will probe deeper to learn more about any electrical issues you’re having to determine if a new panel is really what you need or if there is something else causing your problems. However, when it comes to planning for future changes to your home through renovations, you’ll likely need to explore having an electrical panel upgrade completed so that your system can handle your home’s new electrical needs.

Here are some examples of how an electrical services panel upgrade today can help you meet your needs of tomorrow:

  • Planning to get a hot tub in the next few years? You’ll need a panel that’s large enough to fit more breakers and can handle the additional load.
  • Renovating to add additional square meters of living space? You’ll need to ensure your system can handle the extra outlets and appliances that can come with renovations. This not only applies to additions but to renovating your basement too.
  • Moving to an electric vehicle? Will your current panel be able to handle the required charging units?

It’s important to know that there are many different factors that help determine what type of panel will work best for your Toronto home. In addition to home size, whether you use gas or electrical appliances will also impact the minimum amps you’ll need. Before you make any decisions to upgrade your electrical meter and panel, ask a qualified electrician to complete a demand calculation so you can be clear on exactly what your home will need after all future renovations or home upgrades.

Toronto Electrical Panel Upgrades with Langstaff & Sloan

Being proactive when it comes to your residential electrical system really is the best approach. If you’re interested in learning more about your home’s current electrical panel and whether or not it can handle your planned home upgrades or renovations, reach out to Langstaff & Sloan. Our trusted team of experienced and professional electricians can work with you to create a plan for an electrical services panel upgrade specific to your needs. With 20 years of experience supporting Toronto and GTA homeowners, you can trust us to help you get the electrical support you need for a safe and functional home.