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SHOULD I UPDATE THE ELECTRICAL PANEL OF MY HOUSE?

Mar 17

Is your house now an office? You are not the only one. Remote work and study have expanded in recent years. Working from home is great in so many ways, from avoiding that long commute to enjoying more flexibility in your life.

Remember that in my previous post I talked about how to have good lighting in your office to improve videoconferences. I recommend you take a look.

But working from home may also have exposed some "deficiencies" in your home's wiring and electrical system. Before, if you only worked from home once in a while, electrical problems might be more tolerable. But now, if you work from home full time, your home electrical panel may not be able to keep up. Luckily I'm here to help you figure out if you need to update it and if so, you'll have to call me 😅.

 

When do I need to update my electrical panel?

First, locate your electrical panel and determine what type of electrical system you have. If you have an older home, your system may still use fuses that need to be replaced when they blow.

A system that still uses fuses should be upgraded to a panel with circuit breakers. If your electrical panel already has circuit breakers, but is more than 10-15 years old, it probably needs to be updated as well. Older circuit breakers may not trip or shut off, increasing the chance of overheating and electrical fires. Here is an example of how I work by updating the electrical panel .

 

Higher power consumption

Although appliances and other electrical devices have become more energy efficient over time, most homes have more appliances than ever before. It's common for a family to have multiple TVs, game consoles, and computers, as well as new extras like hot tubs, air fryers, and more. This trend is far from stopping. The more electrical appliances you add, the more stress an unwanted spark can cause in your electrical system.

 

When do I need to repair my electrical panel?

If your system frequently triggers automatics, it is an indication that the electrical panel is overloaded. Even if a circuit breaker only trips once in a while, it's probably due to a system overload. However, if an electrical overload causes the circuit breaker to trip, this does not indicate a problem: it is just that the circuit breaker is doing its job.

Sometimes large appliances, such as air conditioners or washing machines, intermittently use more energy and overload the system. If you have several large appliances running at the same time, and then add additional devices like air compressors or electric saws, this can also overload your system.

Your circuit breaker may be able to handle each individual device, but not all of them at the same time. Even small but powerful devices like hair dryers can cause overload if turned on at the wrong time.

Although you can find solutions to these problems, such as not using the toaster and the microwave at the same time, they are temporary solutions at best. The circuits in your house can only be reset by turning the breakers on and off as many times as necessary before finding a more permanent solution. Also, none of these temporary fixes improve the security and usefulness of your home.