Signs You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade
If your electrical panel is outdated, old, or malfunctioning, it’s time to schedule an upgrade. Otherwise, there’s a high risk of power surges and outages. Appliances may be damaged and have to be replaced. If the panel is overloaded, corroded, or overheated, it can start an electrical fire. Therefore, call an electrician for an electrical panel upgrade if:
- Breakers frequently trip
- Lights flicker or dim
- The breaker box buzzes, pops, or crackles
- The panel feels warm or hot
- The panel has a burning smell
- A breaker is burnt or scorched
- You need more outlets
- You’re adding appliances
- You’re remodeling your home
The Electrical Panel Upgrade Process
At Express Electrical Services, every electrical panel installation starts with a consultation. You’ll have a chance to explain any issues you’re having, and our team will fully evaluate your home or business to determine the type of panel required. We handle the entire process from planning to permit acquisition, to electrical panel replacement.
Our technicians will also perform a full inspection to assess your electrical system, determine if other repairs or upgrades are needed, and ensure your new panel is installed properly. A new 200-amp panel will support the power demands of a new air conditioner, refrigerator, hot tub, and other modern appliances.
Our skilled electricians work quickly and safely to update your electrical panel. But you can help simplify the process by clearing the room or area around the panel. Budgeting for the project and planning for downtime also help. You won’t be able to use any electrical devices while our technicians are working (and maybe not until then if your current panel is unsafe to use).
Benefits of Upgrading to a New Electrical Panel
An electrical panel upgrade can benefit you in many ways. Our electricians will install a panel sized according to the number of circuits, appliances, and outlets in your home. Therefore, you can see all the advantages of electrical panel replacement, including:
- Increased Safety: An updated panel will prevent overloaded circuits and potential shocks and fires, making the environment safer for your family and building occupants.
- Increased Capacity: Air conditioners, televisions, computers, phone chargers, and other electrical devices will have enough power, even during peak usage.
- Energy Efficiency: Newer electrical panels conserve power and comply with the latest electrical codes. Our team can install new wiring and surge protection as needed.
- Support for Smart Home Technology: Increased capacity means you can install an electric vehicle charger or smart home security, lighting, climate control, and other systems.
Electrical Panel Upgrade Services
At Express Electrical Services, our electrical contractors in Los Angeles are able to help with a number of services concerning your electric panel box. These services include:
What Does an Electrical Panel Upgrade Include?
During electrical panel installation, technicians will install the panel and its components such as panel wiring, breakers, bus bars, etc. If you have a generator or solar equipment, they’ll be connected to the panel, while smart panel options such as load management and reporting may be set up.
How Long Does Electrical Panel Replacement Take?
It takes about four to eight hours. The time depends on any rewiring or other labor needed and how many technicians work on your electrical panel.
How Long Can an Electrical Panel Last?
On average, an electrical panel should last 20 to 30 years. Increased wear and tear and power surges can result in having to replace the panel sooner.
Why Choose Express Electrical Services for Your Electrical Panel Upgrade
At Express Electrical Services, we specialize in all types of electrical panel services. Customers in Los Angeles and across much of Southern California depend on us to install, replace, and relocate their service panels. We install sub-panels as well. And when you need a breaker replaced, we can finish the job quickly and effectively. Our electricians are fully licensed and insured, while 24/7 availability, competitive pricing, and a commitment to customer satisfaction ensure your electrical needs are covered.
To schedule an electrical panel upgrade, request a consultation/quote, or learn more about our discounts and financing, call (888) 741-6404 today.