Electrical Panel Replacement in Champaign, IL
The electrical panel in your Champaign and Fairbury, IL home handles all the electrical circuit breakers for the entire system. It typically lasts a very long time, usually 25 to 40 years, but it can’t last forever and will need to be replaced at some point in time. It’s hard to determine if the entire panel needs to be replaced or if it just needs upgrading. Read below to learn to look for some signs that can help you decide. But you should also call one of our licensed and qualified Edelman Inc. electricians for a personal home assessment.Book Appointment
What an Electrical Panel Does in Your Home
The electrical panel is the nerve center, so to speak, of your home’s electricity, which takes incoming electricity from your electric utility company and redistributes the electric current throughout your home through the circuits. The panel is known as the main fuse box or breaker box. It is a metal service box which houses the circuit breakers which stop the power by tripping if there’s an overloading electrical current running through it, and this will keep you and your home safe.
Why Would I Need to Change it Out Instead of Upgrading
Sometimes an electrical panel simply needs to be upgraded instead of completely replacing it. But how can you know what is needed? Read below some of the key signs that you should probably change out or replace your current electrical panel instead of simply upgrading are:
- You notice your lights are flickering or dimming on a regular basis, and mostly when you’re using an appliance. This normally indicates your panel cannot supply the amount of electricity your home will need.
- You notice that the electrical panel feels warm to the touch, or you might smell a faint burning scent in the area. This usually indicates the wiring behind the panel might be exposed or damaged. If this is occurring in your home, this is actually very dangerous and may cause a fire.
- If you observe your circuit breakers trip on a regular basis. This normally indicates an overloaded circuit. While it’s not unsafe it does mean your electrical system is not able to support your current need for electricity. With all the high-tech appliances and smart devices in homes today, homes really need a 200-amp panel to adjust to the current electrical needs, as well as any future needs.
- If you are aware that your electrical panel is aging and/or outdated. Electrical panels from over 40 years ago cannot meet the needs of modern electrical demands. These outdated panels can be susceptible to overloading and worse.
Can I Just Do This Myself?
Is changing out your home’s electrical panel something you can do on your own? Our Edelman Inc professional electricians definitely do not recommend that you attempt it. We very much recommend that you hire an experienced and licensed electrician, like ours at Edelman Inc, to tackle this project for you. There are a lot of factors involved in electricity that are highly dangerous and can result in electrocution or fire if your not a professional and not aware of the dangers. It’s better to have peace of mind knowing the replacement’s been done correctly and by a professional.
Call Edelman Inc at 217-290-9065 to schedule one of our professional electricians to come out to your home and evaluate your need for an electrical panel change out. We’re here to help.
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