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Electrical Panels

When it comes to electrical panels, here are some tips and tricks for homeowners:

  1. Regular Inspections: Have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical panel at least every few years, or as recommended based on the age and condition of your panel.

  2. Signs of Trouble: Be aware of signs that may indicate a problem with your electrical panel, such as flickering lights, frequently tripped breakers, or a burning smell near the panel.

  3. Upgrade When Necessary: If your panel is old or outdated, consider upgrading to a newer, safer model. Older panels, such as those with Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) or Zinsco/Sylvania brands, are known for safety issues and should be replaced.

  4. Don't Overload: Avoid overloading your electrical panel by plugging too many devices into outlets or using high-wattage appliances on the same circuit. This can cause overheating and potential fire hazards.

  5. Keep It Clear: Keep the area around your electrical panel clear of clutter and debris for easy access in case of an emergency.

  6. Use Surge Protectors: Install surge protectors to protect sensitive electronics from power surges, which can damage your devices and the electrical panel.

  7. Know Your Panel: Familiarize yourself with your electrical panel and know how to safely reset a tripped breaker. If you're unsure, always contact a licensed electrician for assistance.

  8. DIY Limitations: While there are some maintenance tasks you can do yourself, such as keeping the panel area clean and checking for signs of damage, leave any repairs or upgrades to a qualified electrician.

  9. Safety First: Always prioritize safety when working with electricity. If you're unsure about anything related to your electrical panel, contact a professional for help.

Regular maintenance and timely upgrades can help ensure the safety and efficiency of your electrical panel.

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