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Electrical Service Panel Upgrade in Minneapolis

At Randy’s Electric, our Minneapolis electricians upgrade service panels on a regular basis. If you have an older home (one that is 30 years or older), then you should consider having your electrical panel replaced.

This is especially the case if your home is 50 years or older, because more than likely you have an electrical panel that was manufactured by Federal Pacific. This company outfitted most of the homes built in the 1950s and 1960s, and these panels are notorious for not only failing, but also causing fires as well.

Not only should you consider an upgrade to increase your safety, but also due to the modern electronics you have in your home. Advanced appliances such as air conditioners can demand more power than all the appliances and electronics did in the typical home 30 years ago. Your countertop appliances alone can draw a great deal of power. Many older homes are unable to handle that amount of power – merely adding more receptacles will not increase the available power.

Signs You May Need a Panel Upgrade in Minneapolis

If you notice any of the following warning signs, you should call Randy’s Electric to have your electrical panel replaced.

  • Corrosion or rust is present on the circuit breakers or panel.
  • You are considering a remodel or other type of home upgrade.
  • Your breakers are constantly tripping, or your panel has fuses instead of circuit breakers.
  • Your home is outfitted with a panel made by Federal Pacific – this is typical of homes built in the 1950s or 60s.
  • The panel is full, yet you want to add more circuits.
  • Your existing panel does not conform to the electrical codes of your municipality.

Benefits of an Electrical Service Panel Upgrade in Minneapolis

Upgrading your service panel will increase the capacity of your home’s electrical panel. Advanced models can provide up to 400 amps of power, allowing you to add more circuits if necessary. Not only will an upgrade increase the reliability of your electrical system, it will provide peace of mind because it will be much safer.

Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel in Minneapolis

The present panel is too small – There is a very good chance that your home still has its original 100-amp service. As previously mentioned, today’s advanced appliances and electronics put extreme demands on a home’s electrical system, and a 100-amp system is, in many cases, insufficient. You may also want to add a room or remodel your kitchen and there is not enough room to add circuits to your present panel.

Your current panel is unsafe – If your circuit breakers are tripping on a regular basis, or you notice things like your lights dimming when you turn on your hair dryer, then your available power is being maxed out. If you have an older home and your panel uses fuses, then you should have them replaced by circuit breakers because fuses are a fire hazard. In fact, many insurance companies will refuse to insure homes that have fuses.

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26% of respondents who claimed to have tested at least one of their GFCI receptacles discovered one that was not working properly. Be sure to test your AFCIs and GFCIs: www.esfi.org/resource/5-easy-steps-to-a-safer-home-404

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Federal Pacific breaker panels remain in thousands of local homes since the equipment was common in new home construction from the early 1960's into the 1980's....The panels have been blamed for many local fires, and they even have been suspected to be the culprit of some some fatal ones.

If you have concerns about the panel or breakers in your home, contact us right away at 763-560-5600 for an estimate. We can go over all of the options and pricing with you. Check out our video for more information, or the Star Tribune article in the comments.
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