Electrical Panels: When to Upgrade and When to Replace [infographic]

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At Mabe’s Electrical and Home Improvement in King, North Carolina, we have three things that we focus on. The first is making sure you have a safe electrical system so you aren’t at risk of an electrical fire or electrocution. The second is providing you with a solution for when the power grid is down. The third is providing solutions that lower your utility bill. When it comes to the decision regarding upgrading or replacing electrical panels, safety is the top priority. Here are some questions that factor into this decision.

Electrical Panels: When to Upgrade and When to Replace [infographic]

  • Age of electrical panel- If you have an older home that has never been upgraded, there is a good chance that your electrical panel is on its last legs and will fail before long. Replacement is recommended.
  • Future power needs- If you’ll be needing more circuit capacity before long, it may be wiser to consider replacement rather than upgrade now, because you might end up needing to replace it down the road anyway.
  • The damage involved- Sometimes damaged electrical panels can be repaired and upgraded, but if the damage is more involved, we would recommend replacement as the safer option.
  • Type of electrical panel- Some older systems are no longer in use. It may be challenging, if not impossible, to do any upgrades on them.
  • Type of upgrades desired- Some upgrades, such as to utilize 22kW generators, can require more functionality than older electrical panels are able to provide. A newer panel might do just fine, so upgrade or replacement would have to be determined during the assessment.