Electrical Panel Replacements In Seattle
There are usually two reasons why a homeowner would want to replace an electrical panel: 1) safety, and 2) acquire more amperage. Regardless of what bucket you are in, Wire Craft Electric can help you get your panel upgrades safely and ensure we adhere to strict electrical codes.
Our electricians are up to date with the newest techniques to make your home safer and allow you the flexibility to add electrical circuits to upgrade other areas of your home. All our panel work is permitted and inspected by a third party to ensure that your system will be safe for years to come. Call us today!
What Is The Purpose Of An Electrical Panel?
You know that metal box with a door tucked away in your home, that’s an electrical panel! The panel receives all the incoming power and distribute it to each of the circuits that supply lights, outlets, and appliances. Basically, it is one of the most important, if not the most important electrical part in your home. It also acts as a safety device that is meant to prevent damage to your electrical devices or the entire home.
When there are too many electrical currents running through, the panel will shut off, which is known as a breaker trip. If the breaker didn’t trip and shut off power, overloaded circuits can cause a fire.
When Is It Time For An Electrical Panel Replacement?
The electrical panel is 25+ years old
Electrical panels are durable and can last roughly 25-40 years. But, since they are such an important part of your home, it is good to get an inspection if you have hit the 25-year mark. Lifespan can differ based on power surges, wear and tear, and manufacturer defects.
Is the panel giving off a burning smell? Most times, the smell comes from plastic melting or wood burning. Both are very problematic so call an electrician immediately.
Lots of breaker tripping
Although the electrical panel is meant to break for safety, it can also be a signal to you that you need an upgrade. You might just be using a lot more power than you used to and it’s time to increase your capacity.
New large appliances
Similar to the last point, you might just lack the capacity with your current electrical panel. If you’re installing a dishwasher, dryer, etc., you may need to upgrade your panel to run the new addition safely.
The panel is warm or hot
Electrical panels regulate how hot your electrical system becomes, and overheating should trigger a circuit breaker to trip. If your panel gets warm or hot when you touch it, you should get it checked by an electrician.
Rust is bad as you could imagine. If you see rust, that must mean there is water. And as you know, water and electricity are not your go-to combination.
Electrical panels should be silent except for the occasional click when the breaker trips. If you are hearing buzzing or hissing, that’s a red flag.
If your panel has received direct damage, make sure to get it checked on.
If you are noticing any of these issues, contact us today!
Serving Your Electrical Needs Throughout the Seattle Area
We are conveniently located in Shoreline WA, making it easy to service clients all around the Seattle Area. Look on the map to the left to see if you are in our service area. We serve the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Brier, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.
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