Laswell Electric Company prides itself on being a reliable, trusted source for your home’s electrical needs. When you are having problems with your electrical panel, you may be considering getting it replaced. Keep reading to learn how to determine if you need a new one.

So, what is an electrical panel and where do you find it in your home?

Electrical Panels 101

An electrical panel is a metal box with a door that contains all of the power breakers for your home. The breakers control electricity for different parts of your home such as your kitchen or your bedroom. When the breakers become overwhelmed with too powerful of an electrical current, they shut off.

The electrical panel box is usually found built into the wall and is located in your basement, garage, closet, or even outside. If you are unable to locate it there, search for a large gray box in the other rooms of your house. Sometimes, the box may be painted another color to blend into your wall.

How Long Do They Last?

Your electrical panel is the heart of your home’s power supply and is designed to defend against overload. 10% of fires started in the home in America result from electrical malfunctions, so keeping your electrical panel in good condition is vital.

Most electrical panels last for approximately 25-40 years. Power surges and wear and tear can affect the lifespan of your electrical panel. If you live in an older home chances are yours may need to be replaced.

Signs You Need a New Electrical Panel

If your electrical panel is experiencing any of these telltale signs, we recommend having a professional licensed electrician examine your panel.

  • Rust
  • The smell of burning plastic
  • Has fuses and not circuit breakers
  • You need more power
  • Tripping breakers

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We are experts in all things electrical. We have decades of experience ranging from home renovation to security systems and would love to assist you with your next project. For help with finding your electrical panel or deciding how to label your breakers, call the experts at Laswell Electric Company. We are here to answer any questions you may have and can take a look at everything to make sure your electrical system is working properly. If you have noticed anything unusual about your electrical panel, call your electrician immediately.

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