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Can Your DC, Maryland, Or Virginia Home's Breaker Box Provide Your House The Electricity It Needs?

It seems every time someone gets a new gift, it has to plug into the wall. Frankly, many older homes weren’t built to meet the electricity needs required by today’s modern technology. If your electrical panel is 25 years old or older, it’s probably not able to effectively meet your family’s electrical needs. Consider an electrical panel circuit breaker box upgrade from Precise Building Services.

The issue isn't just how much power your breaker box is handling, either. The actual technology for managing electricity has come a long way. The new circuits are much safer and greatly reduce the risk of a fire in your home. They can also handle electricity more efficiently meaning that you can save money by upgrading, too! Call 202.827.2214 today to talk to someone at Precise Building Services today about how we can upgrade your home's energy management. Let us give you a free analysis and a free estimate on your job.


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Signs Your Electrical Panel Needs An Upgrade

There are several signs to look out for that could indicate your panel needs upgrading.

  • Your electrical circuit breakers frequently trip.
  • Your electrical panel feels warm to the touch.
  • Lights dim or flicker whenever an appliance is turned on.
  • Humming or crackling sounds are coming from your breaker box.
  • Your home has recently been remodeled or upgraded.

If any of the above signs are occurring, it’s probably time to upgrade your electrical panel. Other reasons we might upgrade your electrical panel are if we see the panel has rust on it, the panel is damaged in some way, the panel uses fuses instead of circuits or it poses any sort of hazard to your home or family. 

You may also want to consult with Precise Building Services about a panel upgrade if you’re thinking of adding a large new appliance like a deep freezer in your garage. Large appliances pull a lot of energy and you want to be sure your current electrical panel has sufficient circuit breakers and load capacity to be able to support the additional electrical load.

Why Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

A new electrical panel from Precise Building Services makes sure you have the correct amount of electricity going to your various appliances and that electricity comes in evenly, without surging and causing flickering lights or burnt out appliances. Old breaker boxes can be the source of electrical fires, meaning a new box improves the safety of your home.

Call 202.827.2214 to upgrade the electrical panel in your home today. Our licensed electricians we’ll ensure you have the amount of power you need for your home to run smoothly.

How much does an electrical panel circuit breaker upgrade cost near Washington, DC?

An electrical panel replacement costs $1,187 on average, with a usual range of $533 to $1,940. This includes all materials and labor. Upgrades to 400-amp service are more expensive, ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Upgrades that maintain the same amperage and wiring cost less.

Is it worth upgrading an electrical panel?

If your panel is over 20 years old, it is smart to go ahead and upgrade it. Electrical fires are frequently caused by outdated or overburdened electrical panels. A panel like this poses a threat to your family and house. Upgrading your panel is a worthwhile investment since it will safeguard your family from fires caused by a defective electric system.

Can I upgrade my electrical panel myself?

No. You should always have a licensed electrician upgrade your electrical panel. Working with electricity is dangerous and requires training in the safe handling of wires and circuits. If you don’t have that training, you put yourself at risk of debilitating or even deadly electrical shocks. Plus, if your panel upgrade isn’t done by a licensed electrician and ends up suffering damage due to an electrical fire, your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the damages.

What is involved in an electrical panel upgrade?

An Electrical Panel Upgrade is a service that involves replacing the present electrical service panel with a new one that includes new circuit breakers. The procedure of updating your primary service panel is known as the Main Panel Upgrade (MPU). If you are having this service, please be prepared to be without electricity for the length of the project. 

Typically, a panel can operate correctly for 20 to 30 years, but you should examine it on a regular basis since we are using more power than ever before and your 20-year-old panel may not be able to manage that amount of energy.

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