One of the most important aspects of the electricity in your home or building is the electrical panel. So, if you start noticing persistent electrical issues, you’ll need to have a professional take a look.
Also known as the circuit breaker box, the electrical panel is responsible for distributing electricity throughout your home, or a larger commercial or industrial building. Due to age and use, over time, your electrical panels will eventually become outdated, worn out, and unable to handle the electrical demands of modern devices.
Noticing electrical issues such as frequent breaker trips, overheating appliances, or a worn-out ground strip in the basement? More than likely your electrical panel is the culprit. Take a look here at some panel homeowner basics to help you get started with tips/signs to look out for.
Here are a few questions to ask your residential or commercial electrician about electrical panel replacements:
Questions to Ask About Electrical Panel Replacements
Why do you need a replacement panel?
One of the most common reasons for a panel replacement is safety. For example, older electrical panels may not have the necessary safety features to protect your home from electrical fires or other hazards.
In addition, if you reside in an older home with an outdated electrical panel, you may not be able to handle the electrical demands of modern appliances and devices. An electrical panel replacement from a reputable electrician can provide you with a safer and more reliable electrical system, plus a peace of mind that everything is running smoothly (don’t try to DIY electrical work!)
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What is the electric panel replacement cost going to be?
The cost of an electrical panel replacement can vary depending on several factors:
- Size of your home or business,
- Type of panel you need, and
- Complexity of the installation.
The average cost for a type of project like this is usually between $1,500 and $3,000. However, it’s important to get a quote from your electrician before beginning any work to ensure you have an accurate estimate. More on cost here.
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Does this replacement require a permit?
Usually, an electrical panel replacement will require a permit from your local building department.
This is to ensure that the work is being done safely and up to code. Your certified electrician should be able to handle the permitting process for you, but it’s always a good idea to confirm that they will be taking care of this important step. Make sure to check with them right away before any work begins.
How long will the electrical panel replacement process take?
In addition, you should check with your electrician about the length of time it takes to replace your electrical panel.
This will depend on several factors, such as the complexity of the installation and any unforeseen issues that arise during the process. On average, you can expect the installation to take between 4 and 8 hours. Your electrician should be able to give you a more accurate timeline based on the specifics of your installation.
What type of electrical panel is best for my home or business?
Lastly, there are several types of electrical panels available, each with its own set of features and benefits. Your electrician can help you determine which type of panel is best suited for your home or business based on your electrical needs and budget.
Your electrician at Suburban Enterprises can also help you select a panel with the necessary safety features to protect your home or business.
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In summary, at any point you experience electrical issues or have an outdated electrical panel, it’s important to speak with a qualified electrician to determine if/when a replacement is necessary.
By asking the right questions and working with an experienced electrician, you can ensure that your electrical panel replacement is done safely and efficiently. More here on 10 important questions to ask your electrician.
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