Circuit Panels and Older Homes

Is It Time To Upgrade The Electrical System In Your Older Home?

If you have an older home, this quick homeowner video will help you identify possible electrical issues within your existing, older system.

How your electrical system works:

The electrical system in your home is a complex network of wires, outlets, and switches. It all starts at the circuit breaker panel. Your circuit breaker panel is a distribution center that sends electricity to rooms throughout your home.

Older homes electrical systems were not designed to meet the electrical needs of today.

Homes built before 1960 may not have the number of circuits needed to serve today’s high energy lifestyle demands.

For example, the kitchen in this older home has one circuit which was adequate when there was just a refrigerator. Over the years modern conveniences have been added including microwaves, dishwashers, and garbage disposals. These additional power-hungry appliances overload the circuit and the result is a power failure.

Common signs of an undersized electrical system under stress:

  • flickering lights

  • tripping circuit breakers

Upgrading Your Electrical System

In our example, by simply adding a second circuit to the kitchen, most of the homeowner's electrical problems are solved. Our highly trained electricians can compare your electrical needs against your circuit breaker panel’s capacity to safely meet these demands.

If you have concerns or questions about your home's electrical system; contact us, we’ll be happy to help you out.

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