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Do I Need to Replace My Older Home’s Electrical Panel?

Posted by: Cooper MechanicalWednesday, January 28, 2015

Older houses need frequent electrical and refrigeration services to stay updated with safety standards. Here’s what you need to know.

Aging electrical panels

Older homes are beautiful and stylish; but if you are lucky enough to live in an older home, you know the benefits come with a couple drawbacks in the electrical and refrigeration department. The main issue with older homes is that they can be temperamental. They have their own personalities: creaky floorboards, drafty hallways, and even unpredictable wiring.

Electrical issues are a common challenge in older homes. Faulty wiring can be a real hazard and can deliver serious consequences such as house fires, if left unchecked. Getting a professional inspection is essential to guaranteeing safety and energy efficiency.

Electrical panels are susceptible to wear and tear, just like any other aspect of your home and need to be regularly maintained. The biggest threat, to an electrical panel and the circuit breaker itself, is neglect. Don't let the wiring in your home go unchecked for too long, as damage can also be incurred by temperature changes, bad weather, and poor installation or manufacturing.

Especially in older homes, outdated manufacturing can have a huge influence on the safety and efficiency of electrical performance. As an older home was constructed with older technology; and since wiring isn't visible on a daily basis, many homeowners forget that it needs to be updated and might be more damaged and dangerous than they expect.

Not only does wiring affect the safety standards in your home, it can also be the source of unreliable electrical performance. The electrical panel is responsible for delivering power currents throughout your house, as well as housing the circuit breaker. This protects your wiring from power overloads, so it's very important that it be in optimal working condition.

Schedule an appointment for electrical and refrigeration maintenance with the pros at Cooper Mechanical Services, Inc. Or, call us anytime at 843.626.3689.