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Circuit Panels & Older Homes

Depending on the age of your home, your electrical system may not be adequately the demands placed by your many electrical appliances. Your kitchen alone may be putting your electrical system under stress. Find out how to safely manage your electrical demands with our video on circuit panels.

Video Transcript

The electrical system in your home is a complex network of outlets and switches. It all starts at the circuit breaker panel. Your circuit breaker panel is a distribution center that sends electricity to rooms throughout your home. Homes built before 1960, may not have the number of circuits needed to serve today’s high energy lifestyle demands. For example, the kitchen in this older home has one circuit which was adequate when there was just one refrigerator. But over the years modern conveniences have been added, including a microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. These additional power-hungry appliances overload the circuit and the result is a power failure.

Common signs of an undersized electrical system under stress are flickering lights and tripping circuit breakers. In our example, by simply adding a second circuit to the system, most of these homeowners’ electrical problems are solved. Our highly trained electricians can compare your electrical needs against your circuit panel’s capacity to safely meet these demands. If you have concerns or questions about your home’s electrical system, give us a call! We’ll be happy to help you out.