What Is An Electrical Panel?
First, we will start with understanding what an electrical panel means; it is sometimes called the load center, distribution board, main breaker box or breaker panel. It is a service box that accepts electricity into the home and then distributes electrical current to the different circuits in the home. The electric current that has been shared to different circuits is then protected by the circuit breaker/ fuse. Each circuit breaker trips off when there is overload so, it is the job of the electric panel to regulate the current load in the home and keep your home safe and comfortable.
Why do I need to upgrade my Electrical Panel?
The answer to this question is yes. Most times people assume that when they buy a house the electrical service panel will last as long as the house lasts. This is not necessarily true because of the following reasons:
- Connection loosens with time.
- Prolonged use can affect the efficiency. In moist places your board can get rusted or corroded.
- Dust accumulation can also shorten the lifespan.
- The typical lifespan of an electric panel is 25 – 40 years. When it is well past that age it is necessary to get an electrical panel upgrade. When you carry out proper maintenance and also when you carry out electrical panel repair when you notice a fault, you can most likely increase the longevity of your load center.