How to Know When It Is Time to Upgrade Your Home Electric System
With all the new technologies hitting the market, it makes sense to consider updating your home’s electrical systems. Some appliances require a huge amount of power to operate; for example, central air conditioning can require 3,000-5,000 watts to operate. It is a good idea to consider updating your electrical system when undergoing a house renovation to expand the size of your home, as the system will have to handle more square footage. It is also a good idea to assess your current electrical system when adding one or more appliances that use a lot of wattage (such as central air conditioning).
- Most of today’s electronic devices use very little power, but some items – such as central air conditioning or a hot tub – are energy hogs.
- Older homes usually have lower capacity to handle large, new electrical appliances.
- Replacing your current panel box with a 200-amp panel will likely cost between $2,000 and $3,000.
“The best way to determine if you require an upgrade is to discuss the system with an electrician.”