A main electrical panel is the very heart of modern day homes. It powers your lights, outlets, phones, computers, and more. Even more importantly, it limits the amount of power that goes into each branch circuit; keeping your wires and devices from receiving too much current and catching on fire! If your panel is not well maintained, or has outlived its lifespan, it can no longer protect you from the everyday hazards of electricity.
Not all panelboards are made equally. Some manufacturers take extra precautions and safety measures when designing and providing their panels to their customers – while others try to cut corners, making the highest profit by meeting only the bare minimum “acceptable” safety standards. It is important to know where the panel on your home compares to either end of the spectrum. Will your panel save your house from an electrical fire? OR will it be the very cause of one?
Have your panel inspected, at least, every few years to ensure it meets current electrical codes and safety practices. It is better to find a problem early, than wait until it is too late to fix it.