As Calgary’s hardest-working master electricians, we’ve replaced & upgraded over 2,000 electrical panels in Calgary, Okotoks, and the surrounding areas
Unless you’re an electrician or experiencing problems, electrical panel replacement or upgrade may not be something you think about. But there are very serious safety reasons why you should call a trusted and qualified Calgary electrician if you think it’s time to replace your electrical panel.
Your electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system,
And if it’s outdated or damaged, it can pose a significant risk to you and your family. In this blog post, we share the top five reasons you should upgrade your expired and dangerous electrical panel. If you’re looking for a panel upgrade in Calgary or panel replacement in Calgary, Exquisite Electric can help.
1. Unexpected Costs
Did you know your panels have an expiry date?
Most panels are rated for 20-25 years of use. After this time, connections may become loose, worn, and unsafe. In addition to this, replacement parts and for expired panels can be very expensive and hard to find.
So if your house is over or approaching 20 years, and you’ve never replaced your electrical panel, please call us. At a minimum, it’s important to have a qualified electrician come to inspect your ageing electrical panel.
2. Risk of Fire
One of the most significant dangers of using an expired electrical panel is the risk of fire. Old and damaged electrical panels are known to be one of the leading causes of house fires.
As your Calgary master electricians, we recommend upgrading your electrical panel to ensure that your home is up to code and has enough power to run all of your appliances and electronics without risking a fire or other electrical hazards.
During the winter, most of us spend more time indoors enjoying all our devices, so if you notice tripped breakers and/or devices that suddenly stop working, call us. It may be time to upgrade or replace your electrical panel.
3. Federal Pacific Electric Panels
Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panels are notorious for their safety hazards. These panels were popular in the 1950s and 60s. Still, they were found to be defective and not able to trip a circuit breaker in the event of an overload or short circuit. This can cause the panel to overheat and start a fire.
As trusted Calgary electricians, we recommend having your FPE panel replaced as soon as possible to ensure the safety of your home and family. Exquisite Electric can provide panel replacement in Calgary to keep your home safe.
4. Electrical Code Compliance
Electrical codes are in place to ensure the safety of homes and businesses. Over time, these codes are updated to reflect new safety standards and practices (Alberta’s electrical codes were last updated in 2016, and the Canadian Electrical Code was updated in 2021).
If your electrical panel is expired, it may not comply with the latest electrical codes, which can put you at risk of fire and other electrical hazards. Upgrading your panel to meet the latest codes is an investment in your home’s safety. Call us to ensure your panel meets the latest codes and is safe for your home and family.
5. Lack of Power
Older electrical panels may not provide enough power to run modern appliances and electronics. So, if you’re finding that you are constantly tripping breakers or experiencing power outages, it may be time to upgrade your panel.
Upgrading your electrical panel will ensure that you have enough power to run all of your home’s appliances and electronics without overloading the system. If you’re looking for a panel upgrade in Calgary, Exquisite Electric can provide a panel upgrade that meets the needs of your home.
6. Home Insurance Issues
Insurance companies may require your electrical panel is up to code and in good condition to provide coverage.
If your panel is expired or damaged, your insurance company may not provide coverage or may require you to upgrade your panel before providing coverage. Upgrading your panel can ensure that you are covered in the event of an electrical-related incident.
And this has never been more important given Southern Alberta’s HOT real estate market.
Wrapping it all up
An expired, or insufficient electrical panel can pose significant risks to your home and family. Upgrading your panel can ensure that your home is up to code and that you have enough power to run all of your appliances and electronics without risking a fire or other electrical hazards.
If you need a panel upgrade or panel replacement in Calgary, Okotoks, or surrounding areas, Exquisite Electric can help.
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