What Is A Panel Replacement?

What Is A Panel Replacement?

A panel replacement refers to the process of removing an old or outdated electrical panel and replacing it with a new one. An electrical panel, also known as a circuit breaker panel or fuse box, is the main distribution point for electricity in a home or building. It receives power from the utility company and distributes it throughout the building via individual circuits.

Panel Replacements Can Be Complex And Should Only Be Performed By A Licensed Electrician

It is important to have a professional evaluate the existing electrical system and recommend the appropriate replacement panel to ensure the safety and reliability of the electrical system. They can help you determine whether a panel replacement is necessary and recommend a replacement panel that meets your needs and budget.

There are several reasons why you might need a panel replacement:

  1. Age: Electrical panels have a limited lifespan and can become outdated or worn over time. If your panel is more than 20-30 years old, it may be time for a replacement.
  2. Electrical capacity: If you are adding new appliances or electrical circuits to your home or building, your existing panel may not be able to handle the increased load. Upgrading to a new panel with a higher electrical capacity can ensure that you have enough power for your needs.
  3. Safety concerns: Older electrical panels may not meet current safety standards and may pose a fire or electrical shock hazard. If you have concerns about the safety of your electrical panel, a panel replacement may be necessary.
  4. Code compliance: If you are renovating your home or building, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel to comply with current building codes.
  5. Damaged or faulty panel: If your electrical panel is damaged or malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced to ensure the safety and reliability of your electrical system.
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How Much Will It Cost To Replace A Panel?

The cost of a panel replacement can vary widely depending on several factors, including the size and complexity of the installation, the type of panel being installed, and the cost of labor and materials in your area.

On average, a panel replacement can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000 or more, with the total cost depending on the factors mentioned above. For example, upgrading to a larger panel or adding additional circuits can increase the cost of the installation.

It is important to have a licensed electrician evaluate your existing electrical panel and provide a detailed estimate for the cost of a panel replacement. They can help you determine the appropriate size and type of panel for your needs and provide recommendations for upgrading your electrical system to meet current safety and code standards.

During a panel replacement, an electrician will typically disconnect the power supply to the building, remove the old panel, and install a new panel that meets the building’s electrical needs. This may include upgrading the panel’s capacity, adding additional circuits, or installing new safety features such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) or arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs).

CKElectric is an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor.  We’d be happy to evaluate your home’s electrical system to determine if it’s time for a new panel. Give us a call today!