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Have you ever wondered the lifespan of a electric panel should be or if/when you need to look to replace your panel? Worry no more we are here to help.
Let's start off on what a Electrical Service Panel is...
Electrical panels have been known by a number of names, including: electrical box, panelboard, loadcenter, breaker panel, service panel, breakerbox, main distribution panel, switchboard, or in older applications – a fuse box. This panel is the connection between the external wires coming from the street and the internal wires of your home's electric system. The service panel is the central distribution point that connects the service wire or service drop—the main wire coming from the outside into the house—to the exit wires that split off and service different parts of the house. In single-family residences, the owner of the building owns the electric service panel, not the electric company. Thus, the owner is responsible for all issues related to the electric service panel.
Now, to get started lets discuss brands of panels that need immediate replacement.
If you don't have any of these panels that is good news but you could still need to begin looking into replacement if your panel is getting worn out or just getting old. Here are the other signs that it is time for a new electric service panel.
Ok so maybe you need a new panel and are wondering what the price tag is going to look like. Well the national average is about $2,500 but Maryland is a very different market as compared to Utah and it really depends on how many amps you need so you should talk to an electrician about how you typically use the electricity in your home and allow them to tell you how many amps you should get and how many breakers you should have. On the low end in Maryland you are typically looking at $2500-$5000 but if you are looking for all the bells and whistles and have a bunch of large appliances or items like a hot tub or pool you could be looking at up to $7000. If these price tags scare you, just know that financing should be available to you to help with the cost.
Chesapeake Electric has been providing first-rate electrical contracting services to the Annapolis area for over 10 years. We’re locally owned and operated, and take pride in supplying superior craftsmanship and customer service. If you need more power supplied to your home but your service panel isn’t up to the task, call us for a complimentary consultation and we’ll have one of our certified technicians out to you before you know it.
Lauren is a wife, mother of 3 (2 adorable furbabies and a handsome toddler), and a marketing enthusiast. She is a bit of a DIYer but knows to hire the right people when it comes to plumbing or electrical work. She enjoys binge watching bad TV, camping, wine tasting, and shopping on Amazon more than her husband prefers. Lauren joined the Chesapeake Electric team in March 2021 after spending 10 years with a marketing agency.