When is the last time you had someone analyze your electrical service panel? Aside from the possible home inspection that led to your home purchase, when has someone looked at your system to determine if it is ready for an upgrade? Many homes still operate off a 60-amp electrical system. This is severely outdated and can actually be dangerous to your home. Electronics are more sophisticated and as opposed to manual, more and more products are now electrical. Therefore, your system needs more power, circuit breakers, and fuses to protect your home’s electronics. CME Electrical Contractors have been performing electrical service panel upgrades to homeowners in Toms River, NJ, and surrounding areas for over 25 years and can provide you a free estimate on updating your panel.
Some items that present clear warning signs that your electrical system is outdated may include:
Some homes are still using aluminum, non-metal, or even knob and tube wiring that was used through the middle of the 19th century. These systems cannot support today’s needs and often create more problems than they are worth. Additionally, two-prong, non-grounded outlets are a safety hazard that can cause shocks or worse.
You may find that your bathroom, kitchen, and/or exterior do not have GFCIs to protect you from shock. This is important because these are high moisture areas. While they are only installed in this type of area, they are essential to keeping you and your family safe when using any electronics. Combined with AFCI which acts as a circuit breaker to avoid fires, these repairs, while inexpensive, can save your home and your family.
Finally, while 60 amps of power were sufficient in the 1900s, today’s home requires 100 to 200 amps of power to operate properly and safely. If any of these items are an issue or if you want to review your system to see if it is the best, most up-to-date system for your needs, contact the electrical experts at CME Electric. Our trained electricians can help review your system, find any issues that may need to be addressed, and make upgrades or repairs as needed without breaking the bank. Contact us today to start the conversation.