A panel change or upgrade is usually required to alleviate a problem with the existing panel either due to lack of space or issues . Over some time a panel can develop oxidation and rust due to moist environments and or water which in turn causes breakers to go bad and connections to the bus bar to become poor resulting in arcing . Over time if let go the breakers will either go into failure , melt or worse cause a fire. We advise on having a electrician evaluate your electrical panel periodically to ensure all is well.
A electrical service upgrade from 60/100 amp up to 200/400 amp is typically required with any of the below projects . Electrical service upgrades require that we coordinate with Eversource and replace the wiring on the outside of the home, meter can, panel and update all the grounding per code.
Other common reasons to change out an existing panel are due to obsolescence and outdated technology. Split-buss panels, cheap builder-grade panels, and panels contaminated by water, paint, and corrosive environments are often candidates for replacement. Panels manufactured by Zinsco and FPE have many issues and are considered hazardous, as they have been known to cause home fires.
If you have a FPE or Zinsco panel, you should consider performing a panel change or upgrade as they have been known to cause around 2,000 electrical home fires a year. Call us today to schedule a free evaluation on your FPE or Zinsco Electrical panel and have it removed before it causes one more house fire.
Today's new electrical panels are well-designed and safe; however, homes with panels installed as recently as the 1980s may contain components now known to have deteriorated, becoming unsafe with age and posing safety issues. If your home uses any of these components, have a new electrical panel or electrical service installed immediately:
Made from the 1950s to 1980s, these panels have design and manufacturing flaws that can result in fires or shocks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the presence of this panel in a home is classified as a safety defect warranting a new electrical panel, and most insurance companies will not insure your home with it.
Not manufactured since the mid-1970s, these panels have design flaws that allow power to flow even when the breakers appear off. Breakers may also melt, preventing them from performing their essential function. Zinsco panels pose a fire and shock hazard and should be replaced with a new electrical panel.
These panels house weak breakers that become difficult to reset over time, necessitating a new electrical panel.
Far older than any of the above panel types, fuse boxes are only designed to handle 30-60 amps of power; however, today's appliances require 100-200 amps of power or more. Not simply inconvenient, their extremely outdated technology poses a huge fire and electrocution safety risk.