Can your Frederick, MD home’s electrical panel handle the growing power demand modern appliances and devices need? The type of electrical panel you have in your home has a significant impact on your electrical system’s efficiency, especially if you’re still using a 100-amp panel. If your panel struggles to meet your family’s needs, it might be time for an electrical panel upgrade.
Wenbrooke Services offers Frederick, MD homeowners electrical panel upgrade services that can boost their home’s power and keep all their appliances, equipment, and devices operating as they should.
Signs Your Electrical Panel Needs Upgrading
If you have an older home and meet one or more of the following criteria, you might need to upgrade your electrical panel:
- You invested in new major appliances like a refrigerator, hot tub, or HVAC system that require a 240V circuit.
- You added on a new room or floor.
- You use a lot of electrical devices at once or have a sophisticated home entertainment system.
Upgrading a 100-amp panel to 200 amps can prevent recurring power surges and could even lower your homeowners insurance due to the increased safety factor.
What Size Electrical Panel Does Your Home Need?
Modern standard circuit breaker panels have a 200-amp capacity. That means they have more circuits, a significant advantage in modern homes. Keep in mind a larger panel doesn’t use more electricity, it just lets you add enough circuits and electrical capacity so your home’s electricity needs can be met today and in the future. Cramming too many electrical-dependent devices onto a small number of circuits increases the chances of overloading them.
Signs your electrical panel may need an upgrade include:
- Crackling sounds from the panel
- Frequent circuit breaker “trips”
- It still uses fuses
- Rust and corrosion on circuit breakers
- Appliances not running at full power
A sure sign you probably should upgrade is if you use a lot of extension cords and power strips throughout your house.
Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for Electrical Panel Upgrades
Unsure whether your Frederick, MD home’s electrical panel needs an upgrade? The best way to find out is to talk to a qualified, licensed residential electrician who can help you determine the amount of power your home needs. Generally, if your electrical panel is more than 10 years old, it might not be able to adequately power your home’s appliances, HVAC system, TVs and monitors, lighting system, computers, and other equipment. Even energy-efficient appliances and devices need a lot of electricity to operate!
If you’re not trained to work with electrical wiring, upgrading an electrical panel by yourself can be extremely dangerous. In short, it’s much better to leave the job to a trained professional who’s not only skilled in performing the work but also knows the latest local regulations and codes.
Wenbrooke Services offers a full range of reliable services, including electrical panel upgrades, in and around Frederick, MD. Our family-owned company is fully licensed and insured and ready to get started on your panel upgrade today. To learn more about electrical panel upgrades or to schedule an appointment, contact us online today or call us at 240-394-1500.