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Frequently Asked Questions About Electrical Panels?
The average person doesn’t know much about electrical panels, but they’re a crucial part of your home’s electrical system. This FAQ will tell you all about electrical panels. Keep reading to learn what they are and how they work.
What Is an Electrical Panel?
The electrical panel is also called a breaker panel or breaker box. It’s usually a grey or beige metal rectangle that’s mounted on the wall and contains breaker switches. This panel routes electricity throughout your house. It divides the electrical current from power lines into smaller circuits. If there’s an electric overload, the panel will trip the breaker to prevent damage to your electric devices.
Is It Safe to Install or Upgrade an Electrical Panel By Myself?
Unless you have extensive electrical experience, it’s a bad idea. Upgrading a panel is more complex than just wiring in a new light fixture or changing an outlet. And if you make mistakes, you could start electrical fires or fatally injure yourself. In some places, DIY work might not even be legal. Many cities’ building codes only allow licensed electricians to upgrade panels.
How Do I Know If I Need to Update my Electrical Panel?
The most common reason to update a panel is because your house needs more power. If your panel only has 50 to 150 amp service, you might need to upgrade. Constant tripped breakers, burning smells, or overheated panels mean you may need more power. You might also need to update if you have an older panel that’s a fire hazard. If your panel doesn’t have GFCI or AFCI breakers, it might need an upgrade.
How Much Does It Cost to Change Your Panel?
This will vary depending on what you need done and what type of box you have. On average, replacing the panel might cost somewhere between $1,450 and $3,000. If you just need a repair, like replacing a switch, it’s cheaper. Repairs usually cost between $200 to $500.
What Are Some Safety Tips for Handling an Electrical Panel?
Any time you go to look at your panel, make sure your hands are dry and you’re standing on a dry surface. If you see any exposed wires, do not touch them. Finally, if a breaker keeps flipping, don’t keep resetting it. This can be a sign the breaker is overloaded, so resetting it can be a fire risk.
How Do You Find the Amperage for Your Panel?
Open your panel and look for the main circuit breaker. This is usually at the top or bottom of the panel, and it’s larger than the others. Look carefully at this breaker, and you will see the number that tells you your home’s electrical service size. If the amps are below 200, your panel might struggle to handle the needs of modern electronics.
Why Hire a Master Electrician?
When you’re planning to upgrade your panel, a master Colorado Springs electrician is the best option. Master electricians have years of extra experience. This makes them the ideal technician for complex electrical jobs. Furthermore, master electricians usually supervise a team of other electricians. The extra help can ensure your job goes quicker. And when you go with Mountain Pro Electric, you can rest assured the job will gone done right the first time.