The term ‘heavy-up’ means getting an electrical panel upgrade. This procedure increases the amperage or the electrical power of an electrical circuit, allowing the circuit to safely accommodate more electrical devices and appliances simultaneously.
If your home’s electrical system has a problem such as frequently tripping circuit breakers after an appliance is turned on, there is a likelihood you will need an electrical panel upgrade. Postponing a heavy-up may lead to serious hazards for your home and family, including the possibility of an electrical fire.
When an Electrical Upgrade Is Needed
A remodeling project that adds rooms to your house is the most typical reason an electrical panel upgrade is needed. Keep in mind however that it may not be the only reason. Most new homes built today have electrical panels designed to meet modern power demands. This means they can handle new technology that is bringing an ever growing number of devices into our homes. New electrical appliances and electronics that are more powerful can also be accommodated. This includes HVAC systems, HDTV home theater screens, larger washers, dryers, and refrigerators.
The following are five signs that may indicate your home requires an electrical panel upgrade:
- Electrical panel is 20 years old or older
- Constant flickering and dimming of lights
- Frequently tripping circuit breakers
- Planning an expansion of your house
- Large appliances such as a dryer, refrigerator, or washer being upgraded
Upgrades of Breaker Panel
A home’s breaker panel is the control center of the entire electrical system. It is responsible for distributing the electricity delivered by the utility to various areas of the home. This electrical power can be turned on and off by circuit breakers. Their ability to cut electricity when necessary protects wiring from being damaged by the occurrence of an electrical short or overcurrent. Since a breaker panel contains a lot of electrical power, it would be extremely hazardous for an individual who is not a licensed electrician to attempt to work on it.
Part 2 will discuss Electrical Panel Upgrade Benefits.
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