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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

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Are you ready to join the electrification movement?

Your New York home may need more power as you replace fossil fuel-burning heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and kitchen appliances with electric ones.

Are you sure your home can handle the influx of electricity-powered devices? If not, it is time to consider upgrading your electrical panel.

Home electrification is just one reason to improve your electrical panel, the heart of your home’s electrical system. However, it is an essential step when moving your household away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy.

Choosing a Professional Electrician in Smithtown, NY

Our licensed electricians at HomeOps can upgrade your breaker panel to help you incorporate more electricity-powered devices in your Smithtown home.

Our experts are bonded and insured and have many years of experience providing electrical services to homes and commercial properties. No job is too big or small. We are equally adept at installing electrical outlets as we are wiring your entire house or business.

Let HomeOps inspect your electrical panel in preparation for electrification and ensure it is safe and can handle modern electrical loads.

Get a Tax Break for Upgrading Your Electrical Panel

You can deduct 30 percent of the cost of upgrading your electrical panel, up to $600. The tax credit is available through 2032.

If electrification is a priority for you and your family, having sufficient power is the key to achieving your goals. Most home electrical panels need at least 100 to 200 amps. Your home may need more depending on its electrical needs.

If you plan to claim a credit on your federal taxes, the load capacity of the upgraded panel must be at least 200 amps. Work on the panel must be consistent with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and done along with a qualified energy efficiency improvement or to prepare your home for qualified heating and cooling equipment, according to ENERGY STAR®.

5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel

Adding more power to your Smithtown home is one reason to upgrade your electrical panel. Here are four more:

  • Frequent Breaker Trips: A Sign of Overloaded Circuits An overloaded circuit will trip a breaker to prevent overheating. Frequent tripping may indicate that your electrical panel cannot fulfill your home’s power needs.
  • Flickering Lights: Can Your Panel Handle Modern Appliances? Do the lights dim or flicker whenever your home’s furnace, air conditioner, or a major appliance turns on? Let us check your electrical system. Your electrical panel may be overloaded and inadequate for your needs.
  • Unsettling Sounds and Smells: Signs Your Panel Needs Help Popping, loud humming, and crackling sounds could mean connections inside the panel are loose, or the breakers need attention. Call us at HomeOps immediately if you notice a burning odor from the panel. Your panel could be on its last legs and potentially cause a fire.

    Rust on your panel could indicate water damage—our electricians can determine why it is happening.
  • Outdated Technology: Fuse Boxes vs. Modern PanelsDoes your vintage home still have a fuse box? It is time to upgrade to a modern breaker panel. Schedule an inspection if you have a panel but have not upgraded it in the last 20 years or more.

Call the Electrical Experts Today

If you plan to incorporate more electrical appliances into your Smithtown, NY, home, or want assurance your electrical panel is safe and has adequate power, call us at HomeOps to schedule an electrical system inspection and possible upgrade. Call us at 631.509.2000 or request service online.