What to Know About Service Panel Upgrades

If you’ve been living in your home for several years or you live in an older home then it may be time to consider getting a service panel upgrade. A service panel upgrade can mean that you completely replace your old service panel or it can mean that you add a second one to your home. Either way, upgrading your service panel can be important to keeping your home safe from electrical malfunctions. In this blog we’ll run through all of the things you need to know about a service panel upgrade: why you should get one, what it entails, and why Miller’s is the one to get it done! 

Why you Should Consider a Service Panel Upgrade

One of the top reasons to upgrade your service panel is because the time’s up on your original one. Typically it’s recommended that service panels are upgraded every 25-40 years. If you’ve been in your home that long or you know that your home is this old then it’s a pretty good sign that you should upgrade. 

Another reason to upgrade is that you’re experiencing some electrical issues or you’re adding to your home. Here are some common issues or additions that may warrant upgrading your service panel. 

  • Faulty wiring results in flickering lights, burning smell, scorch marks, and small electrical shocks when touching appliances. 
  • Adding appliances, air conditioners, hot tubs, pools, etc. This will likely be too much electricity for just one service panel to handle. 
  • You’re looking to upgrade or remodel your home. Adding, remodeling, or upgrading your home is a great time to also upgrade your service panel. 
  • Adding a generator or whole-home system will require more power and could also warrant the addition of a service panel. 

What it Entails 

Adding or reworking a service panel is a serious job. This is NOT something that you should be trying to undertake yourself. We’re here for you! Our trained and licensed electricians have the knowledge and experience to perform this job correctly for you and your family. Our skilled technicians are also able to answer any questions you may have about why and how you should be upgrading your service panel. We highly recommend having an electrician come out to perform a service panel check if you’re having any electrical concerns. 

If you think it’s time to upgrade your service panel then give our experts a call at (804) 758-4314! We also have 24/7 emergency service should you need any emergency electrical work done. Call the same number for that service! 

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