Do you know how outdated fuse panel technology is? Here’s some perspective—the original patent for the first fuse panel was taken out by Thomas Edison way back in 1885! And like all technology, the fuse panel has been given many upgrades to reflect modern advances over the years. However, fuse panels have many flaws in terms of safety and as a result haven’t been used in new construction since the early 1960s. At that time, there weren’t very many high-tech appliances in use. But, in this day and age, every home is equipped with advanced appliances and old fuse panels just aren’t equipped to handle the electrical load.
Signs Your Fuse Panel Needs an Upgrade
It is essential to you and your family’s safety that you are aware of the common warning signs of a faulty service panel. If any of the following signs are present, your fuse panel could represent a severe fire hazard:
- Flickering lights
- Arcing (electric sizzling sound) coming from inside the panel
Ignore these warning signs at your own risk. Arcing is a surge in electricity that can send incorrect voltages around your house. This means your appliances could malfunction if they aren’t receiving enough electricity or overload if they are receiving too much.
Electrical Service Panel Upgrade Benefits
Besides having a circuit breaker that can handle multiple electronic devices at once without overloading, upgrading your service panel has other advantages, including:
- Insurance incentives: Because they are so outdated, insurance companies look at a home with a fuse panel and see an electrical fire just waiting to happen.
- Higher home resale value: Homes that have a circuit breaker panel are much more appealing to potential buyers.
- Safety: With an old service panel, you increase the risk of a fire in your home.
Now that you know all the potential hazards – and the benefits – it’s time to call Lighten Up Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric for your service panel upgrade today!