When to Upgrade Your Home Electrical Wiring System

It’s second nature to us for the lights to come on in our home, the AC to kick in, and the dishwasher to do its job at the click of a button. Our electrical system may seem to be in fine working order, but if our home is older, it’s likely time for an upgrade.

Why Improve the Electrical Panel

People typically get a new electrical panel when they need to add a new circuit for an appliance, like a hot tub or electric car charging station. Another reason is the age of the electrical panel. They usually need to be replaced every 25-40 years. Warning signs may also begin to pop up indicating it’s time for an update.

Signs It’s Time to Update an Electrical Panel

Flickering lights, a burning smell and circuit breakers that keep tripping are all signs it’s time for an upgrade. If your electrical panel is warm or hot to the touch, or there are sparks coming from electrical outlets, it’s time to take action. If your electrical panel is rusted, broken, or corroded, don’t touch it. It’s not safe. Call an electrician immediately.

Electrical panels in older homes are often not up to the challenge of meeting our current electricity demands. Smart devices, charging phones and laptops, and new electrical gadgets all take a toll. If you are using power strips or extension cords around your home because outlets are scarce, you need more electrical capacity.

Benefits of a New Electrical Panel

An electrical panel that functions properly will keep your home safe from fires and other hazards. The upgrade will also ensure electricity flows to all corners of your home and allow you to connect additional appliances.

Older Wiring Safety Issues

If your home was built more than 40 years ago, the wiring likely needs to be replaced.

Malfunctioning electrical outlets are a leading cause of house fires. The older your home is, the greater the chance the wiring is outdated or unsafe. Also, some insurance carriers may refuse to insure homes with older electrical systems.

Some houses built in the 1960’s and early 70’s also have aluminum wiring instead of the standard copper wire. Aluminum wiring is considered a safety hazard. Connections can loosen up over time and lead to overheating and possibly fires.

Electrical Panel Upgrade Costs 

This is not a safe DIY job. It’s worth paying a licensed electrician to inspect your electrical system and upgrade it, if necessary.

The average cost to replace an outdated electrical panel is about $1,270. The price can range between $524 and just over $2,000 depending on the breaker type and complexity of the project. Factors that impact the cost include the type of electrical panel you have, the amperage needed, where it’s located, and the labor involved.

Let Us Help With Your Electrical Needs

The folks at CKElectric can handle all your electrical projects, big or small! Need a service call? Our electricians can help you figure out why your outlets have stopped working or your panel keeps tripping.

We serve Sykesville, Eldersburg, Frederick, and all of Central Maryland. Call us at 443-920-3078 or email us at info@ckelectricllc.com. We are happy to serve you!