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Upgrading Your Electrical Panel: When and Why It’s Necessary

Feb 20, 2024 | Articles | 0 comments

Dave Schmidt

Imagine this: you’re hosting a family gathering, everyone’s gathered around the dinner table, laughter fills the air, and suddenly… the lights flicker and plunge the room into darkness. Not exactly the ambiance you were hoping for, right? Electrical panels, often hidden away in basements or garages, are the unsung heroes of our homes, silently distributing power and keeping everything running smoothly. But like any hardworking appliance, they can wear out and become outdated, leading to potential safety hazards and inconveniences.

That’s where upgrading your electrical panel comes in. While it might not be the most glamorous home improvement project, it’s one that ensures the safety, functionality, and even value of your property. But how do you know when it’s time for an upgrade?

Warning Signs: Time to Call in the Pros

Several telltale signs indicate your electrical panel might be sending out an SOS:

  • Frequent Breaker Trips: If your breakers seem to be on permanent vacation, tripping every time you plug in a new appliance, it’s a clear sign your panel is struggling to handle the demand.
  • Flickering Lights: Dimming or flickering lights aren’t just spooky (although they might send shivers down your spine during a horror movie marathon). They can also be a symptom of loose connections or an overloaded panel.
  • Burning Smell: This one is a serious red flag. If you detect a burning odor coming from your panel, do not hesitate – immediately turn off the main power and contact a qualified electrician.
  • Outdated Panel: Electrical panels, like all technology, evolve and improve. If your panel is over 25 years old, it may not meet current safety standards and lack the capacity to handle modern electrical needs.

Beyond Safety: The Benefits of Upgrading

Upgrading your electrical panel isn’t just about avoiding flickering lights and potential fire hazards. It offers a multitude of benefits that enhance your home in more ways than one:

  • Peace of Mind and Safety: Modern panels come equipped with advanced safety features like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), significantly reducing the risk of electrical shocks and fires. While upgrading your electrical panel, we will also be adding another layer of protection: surge protection. This safeguard acts as a shield against sudden voltage spikes, also known as surges, that can damage expensive electronics and appliances. The latest National Electrical Code (NEC) now requires surge protection devices (SPDs) to be installed in all new and replacement electrical panels. This code update reinforces the importance of safeguarding your home against the ever-present threat of damaging surges.


  • Power Up! Increased Capacity: Gone are the days of juggling extension cords or worrying about overloading circuits. An upgraded panel provides the capacity to handle today’s demanding appliances, from electric car chargers to home automation systems, future-proofing your home for whatever comes next.
  • Boost Your Home Value: Let’s face it, safety sells. A modern electrical panel is a valuable upgrade that catches the eye of potential buyers, increasing your home’s marketability and resale value.
  • Potential Savings: Some insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance for properties with upgraded electrical systems. It’s a win-win – improved safety and potential cost savings.

Why Choose Good Sense Electric for Your Panel Upgrade?

At Good Sense Electric, we understand the importance of a functioning and safe electrical system. We’re not just electricians; we’re your trusted partners, dedicated to providing exceptional service and peace of mind. Here’s why we’re the perfect choice for your electrical panel upgrade:

  • Licensed and Insured Experts: Our team comprises highly qualified and experienced electricians, licensed and insured for your complete protection.
  • Expertise in Panel Upgrades: We’ve seen it all when it comes to electrical panels. We understand the specific requirements and complexities of upgrading them, ensuring a smooth and efficient process.
  • Competitive Pricing: We offer transparent and competitive pricing, ensuring you get the best value for your investment.
  • Commitment to Customer Satisfaction: Your satisfaction is our top priority. We take the time to understand your needs and concerns, providing clear communication and exceptional service throughout the project.

Ready to Power Up Your Home?

Don’t wait for the warning signs to appear. If you suspect your electrical panel might be outdated or struggling, contact Good Sense Electric today for a consultation and quote. We’ll assess your needs, answer your questions, and provide you with personalized recommendations for a safe and worry-free upgrade. Remember, investing in your electrical system is an investment in your home’s safety, value, and future. Let us help you power up your peace of mind.

Contact Good Sense Electric today and experience the difference!


Dave Schmidt

Dave Schmidt


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