Is your electrical panel due for an upgrade? Central Texas homeowners should know when to upgrade their electrical panel. Electrical panels function as the “brain” of your electrical system. They hold the circuit breakers that distribute power to your outlets, as well as provide safety through their tripping mechanism. In short, they are required for your electrical system, and should always be up-to-date.

But how do you tell if your electrical panel needs an upgrade? Fortunately, there are certain signs to look out for. The experts at Salt Light & Electric have described 5 of them below.

1. Faulty Outlets

When an electrical panel begins to deteriorate, it affects your outlets. Wire from your panel to your outlets can become frayed, or the electrical panel may develop a loose connection. Here are some outlet issues that could indicate getting an electrical panel upgrade.

Outlets have burn marks

Outlets produce a burning smell

Outlets feel hot to the touch

Outlets deliver shock

if you are experiencing these issues with your outlets, contact Salt Light & Electric immediately for further consultation.

2. Overuse of Extension Cords/Power Strips

Do you have enough outlets in your home? If you find yourself frequently using extension cords, surge protectors, or power strips, you may be due for an electrical panel upgrade.

Outdated electrical panels were not wired to meet modern electrical usage. This means less outlets tend to be available in your home. Without enough outlets to use, temporary fixes such as extension cords are used. Do not rely on these fixes as a permanent solution. You’ll need to schedule an electrical panel upgrade.

3. Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can stem from many causes, one of which being your electrical panel. When electrical panels can’t supply enough power, larger appliances will overwhelm the panel. This causes other electrical currents to fluctuate, which can lead to flickering lights.

A lack of power could be from a loose connection or faulty wiring in your electrical panel. Another major cause is if the capacity of your panel is unable to handle the electrical load. Regardless, you may need to schedule an upgrade.

4. Circuit Breakers Constantly Tripping

As we described, electrical panels come equipped with circuit breakers possessing an ability to trip. Tripping is when a circuit breaker shuts off power when uneven electrical flow is detected. This is used to protect against shock and electrical fires.

If an electrical panel is old or outdated, circuit breakers may trip more frequently. This is mostly due to the increased chances of an electrical overload. Electrical overloads happen when too many appliances are plugged into one circuit, exceeding its capacity. This could be from lack of outlets, too many extension cords, or a mixture of the two.

Circuit breakers can also trip due to a loose connection or faulty wiring in your electrical panel. If tripping is frequent, an electrical panel upgrade may be in order.

For more information on tripped circuit breakers, click here.

5. You Plan on Remodeling/Installing New Appliances

If you are wanting to improve your home with a new remodel or appliance, you must ensure your electrical system can handle it. Whether you plan on purchasing a new refrigerator or upgrading your entire kitchen, contact Salt Light & Electric to inspect your electrical panel and determine the best option.

Don’t be clueless about your electrical panel – use these signs to indicate performing an upgrade! And be sure to contact Salt Light & Electric for affordable electrical panel services. Contact us at (512) 956-7842 for Central Texas’ leading electrical experts.