Quick! What kind of electrical panel do you have in your home? Chances are you don’t know—and that lack of knowledge could be harmful to you and your family.
If your home was built before 1990, you may well have an outdated electrical panel. Electrical panels are designed for safety: to prevent too much power from flowing to the same area at once and overheating or causing a fire. But many of the panels installed before 1990 have safety issues of their own. Let’s take a look at some of the most common outdated electrical panels, so you can be aware for your own safety.
Chances are, you don’t think about your electrical panel very often. Most people don’t know anything about them beyond how to reset a circuit breaker when it’s tripped. It’s not something you think of as needing to be replaced, but sometimes that’s the case. And if you don’t replace it when you should, it can lead to fire hazards and other dangers. So how do you know when you need a new electrical panel? Here are 7 reasons why you might.