Electrical Panel Installation & Replacement

Electrical Panel Installation & Replacement in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA

Welcome to Wes Carver Electric – Your Friendly Neighborhood Electricians Since 1999.

Specializing in electrical panel installation and replacement, we are committed to bringing you the best in electrical services in Bucks and Montgomery County, PA. Our team, known for premier residential electrical services, is dedicated to your home’s safety and efficiency with electrical panel installation and replacements.

The electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system. Ensuring its proper installation is crucial for your safety and your home’s energy-efficiency. As is the case with all major electrical work, hiring a licensed electrician is the best way to get an electrical panel installed properly. Here at Wes Carver Electric, we will make sure your electrical panel is up to code, capable of handling your household’s power demands, and equipped with the newest safety features. 

With over a quarter century of experience helping homeowners throughout Bucks and Montgomery County, PA, we pride ourselves on offering the best electrical services in the area.

How Electrical Panels Work

To put it simply, electrical panels are like traffic controllers for electricity. It’s where the main service wires connect to distribute power to your lights, receptacles, and other appliances. Each circuit breaker in the panel helps prevent electrical fires by interrupting power when a circuit overloads. Understanding the function of your electrical panel is crucial to recognize when it might need an upgrade or replacement.

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Where Is My Electrical Panel & What’s Inside?

Locating your electrical panel is the first step in understanding your home’s electrical system. Typically found in basements, it can also be located in utility rooms, or even closets. The chosen location is typically well-ventilated and away from water to minimize the possibility of damage. When locating your main electrical panel, keep in mind that it could be easily identifiable, with a designated label or panel door marked “Electrical Panel,” “Service Panel,” “Main Breaker Panel,” “Electrical Box,” or “Circuit Breaker Box.”

Inside, you’ll find circuit breakers, neutral wires, ground wires and feeder wires, all vital for safely distributing electricity throughout your home.

Circuit Breakers

Once electricity enters the electrical panel, it is distributed to different circuits within the house, also called “branch circuits.” Branch circuits are aptly named as they function much like the branches of a tree, extending out to supply power to various areas or appliances in your home. 

When there’s an electrical issue or overload on a specific branch circuit, its circuit breaker trips, cutting off the power supply to that particular area while the rest of the house remains unaffected. This design ensures that your home’s electrical appliances receive the appropriate amount of power to function optimally. However, it can also lead to irritating disruptions when it happens frequently.

Main Breakers

The main breaker plays a pivotal role in the electrical panel. It is the largest switch in the panel and acts as a master switch that controls the entire electrical system of your home. In case of emergencies, such as a power surge or an electrical fault, our electricians can switch off the main breaker to cut off power to the entire house. This ensures safety during electrical repairs.

Although we don’t recommend doing your own electrical work, it is always a good idea to learn the location of your panel and understand how to operate the main circuit breaker switch. This will enable you to switch off your electricity in case of an emergency.

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Determining the Need for an Electrical Panel Upgrade

Knowing when to upgrade your electrical panel is essential. If you’re experiencing frequent breaker trips, have a fuse box, or need more power for large electrical appliances or even a new EV charger, it’s time to consider an upgrade. A new electrical panel can enhance safety and accommodate your home’s growing energy requirements. Here are a few signs to look for when determining the need for a new electrical panel installation in Bucks or Montgomery County, PA:

  • Advanced age: If your panel is over 25 years old, it may be time for a circuit breaker panel replacement. A typical lifespan for an electrical panel is 25 to 40 years. Various factors can affect this lifespan, such as panel quality, electrical load, and maintenance practices.
  • Excessive noise: Crackling sounds are a sign of deterioration within the electrical panel and should not be ignored. If you hear unusual noises coming from your panel, it could indicate loose connections, damaged circuit breakers, or other worn-out components.
  • Warmth: If the main electrical panel feels warm to the touch, it is not operating correctly and should be replaced. Contact Wes Carver Electric to schedule an appointment with our skilled electricians.
  • Appliance issues: Modern appliances require more power than the appliances of yesteryear. If you have modern or large electrical appliances that are not getting enough power, an electrical panel replacement or the addition of an electrical sub-panel may solve the problem.
  • Flickering or dimming lights: If you notice flickering lights, your household electrical systems may not be able to support electricity usage throughout your home. You might have faulty wiring lurking just out of sight as well. Give us a call and we’ll evaluate your electrical system and then offer our recommendation for the next steps.
  • Extension cords: If you’ve started to rely excessively on extension cords or multiple power strips at once, it’s a sign that you may need a new panel. (Friendly reminder: never overload receptacles with excessive extension cords, plug too many devices into one power strip, or plug power strips into other power strips!)
  • Inadequate service: If your home is on the older side, there is a good chance your panel’s amperage doesn’t fit the bill or meet modern-day building codes. In particular, homeowners with 60-amp or 100-amp service may need new wiring or an electrical panel upgrade to meet today’s power demands. Give us a call and we can bring your home’s electrical panel into the modern age with 200 or 400-amp service!

Even though your electrical panel equipment is designed to be safe, issues can occur, especially as your equipment ages. In order to extend your panel’s lifespan, make sure to take good care of it.  While maintenance and safety evaluations should be left to our professional electricians, you can do your part by ensuring that the panel is unobstructed and not hidden behind furniture or other objects. Seek assistance as soon as possible if you notice something wrong. 

If you spot any of the above occurrences or something else seems unusual, take prompt action by calling Wes Carver Electric to schedule an electrical panel replacement in Bucks or Montgomery County, PA. Taking the time to care for your electrical system now will save you time and trouble down the road.

Should I Repair or Replace My Electrical Panel?

Deciding whether to repair or replace your electrical panel depends on several factors. Age, condition, and capacity are important considerations. While minor issues might only need repairs, a complete panel replacement is often the safer and more efficient choice for older systems (our electricians will assess your panel’s condition with a thorough evaluation of your home’s electrical system).

Listed below are the most common repairs:

Look Out for Faulty Electrical Panels

Faulty electrical panels can pose significant risks. Watch out for signs like rust, outdated Federal Pacific electric panels, or a panel that feels hot to the touch. These are indicators that your electrical panel might need immediate attention.  

If your panel falls into any of the following categories, contact Wes Carver Electric to schedule an electrical panel replacement in Bucks or Montgomery County, PA:

A Federal Pacific Electric panel:

This type of electrical panel, which was placed in homes between the 1950s and the 1980s, contains manufacturing and design flaws. As a result, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning for all of these panels. If you have a Federal Pacific Electric electrical panel, it is best to replace it as soon as possible.

A Zinsco panel:

These panels became unavailable in the 1970s due to a design flaw that allowed current to flow even when breakers were turned off. Due to this potential hazard, Zinsco panels are a chief candidate for electrical panel replacement. If your existing panel is a Zinsco product, please contact us right away to arrange for an electrical service upgrade.

A fuse box:

Fuse boxes are the forerunners of current electrical panels; however, they are incapable of meeting today's power demands. While a typical home may require 200 amps or more, the ordinary fuse box can only handle 60 amps. If your home’s electrical system relies on a fuse box, schedule an evaluation and we will help you find a suitable replacement.

Schedule Your Electrical Panel Replacement With Wes Carver Electric

Don’t let outdated or malfunctioning electrical panels compromise your home’s safety. Contact Wes Carver Electric today for a comprehensive evaluation and expert electrical panel replacement services. We’re ready to ensure your home’s electrical system meets all your needs safely and efficiently.

At Wes Carver Electric, we’re not just a service provider; we’re your long-term partner in maintaining a safe and efficient home. Whether you need an electrical panel upgrade or a complete replacement, our team of professionally trained electricians is here to help. Don’t wait until you’re left in the dark! Contact Wes Carver Electric to ensure your home’s electrical system is in the best hands.