23 Dec Why it’s Important to Keep your Main Electrical Panels Updated
We can’t understate the importance of properly-functioning main electrical panels. If this is one aspect of your electrical system you haven’t got checked recently, it’s crucial you do so without delay. When the cooler/extremely hot season rolls in, people tend to spend more time indoors and that results in higher energy usage as the HVAC systems are operated for longer periods of time. At this time, the last thing you want is a malfunction in the main electrical panel; that can prove to be a hazard for you and your family members.
Why are electrical panels important?
Today, most homes have a large number of electrical installations and the electrical panel plays a key role in connecting and powering all of these. This means, if the latter either malfunctions or stops working altogether, that can impact all the electrical systems on your property; they may be rendered unsafe or may fail to work. When you ensure that the electrical panel is in working order, it ensures these systems are able to keep up with the electrical usage patterns on your property.
Controlling the output
It’s not uncommon for homeowners to keep on adding electrical appliances to their home; but this isn’t something you can do unendingly. Your home’s maximum electrical output is limited, as well as determined by the electrical panel installed on your property. In simple terms this means if you are planning on making some additions/extensions to your home or are considering adding some heavy-duty electrical appliances, it’s vital that you consult a reliable local electrician before you do so.
They will inspect the system, test its output and assess whether the existing panel would be able to bear the load of the new, potential output. Even if the former is below the maximum potential output, it might be a better idea to get the main electrical panel upgraded anyway.
It will ensure you are able to enjoy an uninterrupted power supply even if you have multiple heavy load electrical appliances operating simultaneously on your premises. If you are doubtful about whether your electrical panel needs to be upgraded, contact your electrician and get their advice on what the best plan of action would be.
The safety aspect
While having an older main electrical panel isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are certain aspects you should watch out for, such as:
- Older panels are more prone to malfunction and flaws and you can easily avoid these problems by getting the panel upgraded.
- If these panels have old style fuses (versus and modern circuit breakers), don’t delay in getting the panel upgraded. The old fuse boxes don’t have the capacity to bear the load of modern-day heavy-duty home appliances and you will find they blow very often.
- If your electrician tells you that the main panel in your home is of an unreliable/unknown brand, do get it replaced right away.
Even the semi-modern panels that have the flappable circuit-breakers are able to keep your appliances as well as your home protected from high electrical surges. When it comes to electrical systems, it’s never a good idea to compromise on the safety aspect and keeping the main electrical panel upgraded is the one way to maintain that.
If you are considering adding any extensions to your home, growing your home’s living space in any other way, are concerned about the safety of your existing electrical panel or are adding any electrical appliances or installations on your property, call us at AllRound Electrical for a consultation today.
We will discuss all your requirements in detail and ensure the work is done in an expert manner, using the best quality materials. For more information, contact our friendly team at this number – 1300 169 263. You can also write to us at this email address.
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