Your electrical panel includes circuits that directs energy throughout your home. When these components become outdated or worn, you may begin to overload the circuit and cause electrical hazards. If your panel is original to the building, a new system can help you manage increased energy requirements for more reliable energy throughout your space. Castle Electrical & Lighting is here to help as experts in customer service. It’s important to us that our professional panel upgrades in Scottsdale are completed efficiently so you’re not left without a solution for long.
If you’re considering a renovation, don’t focus on aesthetics and forget to upgrade what’s behind your walls, as these systems are critical for your everyday routine. Your electrical panel powers your entire space, so your building will be holistically affected if ungrounded or exposed wires are behind your walls. If you are unsure if it’s time for a new electrical panel, ask yourself these questions:
Is it over 20 years old?
Outdated panels may still use fuses instead of breakers or have significantly reduced efficiency, so you pay more for monthly utilities. With the National Electric Code updating every three years, there are significant safety improvements that your system might have missed in 20 years. Replacing it now before there are serious problems helps protect you against electrical hazards.
Am I experiencing frequent issues?
If you notice problems like electrical components being warm to the touch, a burning smell that won’t go away, or constantly flipped breakers, your electrical panel is at risk for a fire. These issues signify a more extensive problem behind your walls caused by exposed or damaged wires that will only continue to damage your electrical system and home.
Is my home or business expanding?
Maybe you’re expecting a new child, grandparents are moving in, or your business is ready for the next step. Whatever may cause increased energy usage may poorly affect an outdated electrical panel that can’t keep up. Often, these issues may be mitigated with a subpanel or our skilled electrical panel upgrades in Scottsdale.
If your home or business is expanding with new machinery or a workshop in the backyard, a subpanel can offer various benefits to your space. Suppose your current panel isn’t outdated and hasn’t had problems managing your current energy usage. In that case, a subpanel acts as a secondary panel in high-usage areas that may be out of reach for your current panel.
Subpanels are often used in spaces such as:
- Finished basements
- For pools or hot tubs
- A second office building
- Mother-in-law cottages
These areas tend to be further from your primary panel, making it inconvenient and costly to connect to. A subpanel reduces costs with higher energy efficiency as wire runs between the panel and energy users are shorter. Resetting flipped breakers is also more accessible, so you don’t track debris or water through your home. If you’re renting out an accessory dwelling unit or ADU, a subpanel helps you measure their energy usage for an accurate utility bill and prevents them from needing access to the primary residence if they flip a breaker.
Castle Electrical & Lighting is here when you need electrical subpanels in Scottsdale to power your space efficiently and safely.
If you still have questions about when to upgrade your panel or how to use a sub panel, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at (480) 908-9778 for a free quote!