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Best Reasons for a Commercial Electrical Panel Upgrade

Jan 10, 2020 | General

Sometimes the most important and pivotal parts of how a business runs are taken for granted. Take your WiFi, for example. You probably rely heavily on WiFi and Internet access, but you don’t spend your time thinking about it… unless there’s a problem, that is.

The same idea applied to your commercial electrical panel.

Electrical panels are critical for the function, safety, and operation of many commercial applications and businesses. However, a lot of business owners and industries have one installed and then don’t think about it again unless a problem arises.

In our humble opinion, that’s a mistake. You should consistently have your panel checked by electrical professionals, have it evaluated for efficiency, and check that the technology is safe and up to date. 

Now that we’ve reminded you of your electrical panel, you might be asking yourself what you should be looking for and when it’s best to get an electrical panel upgrade. In this post, we’re going over some of the best reasons for a commercial electrical panel upgrade that you should consider for your own system.

Let’s get started. 

1. Age

Old electrical panels that haven’t been updated in years or ones that haven’t even been looked at in years are at the top of the list for an electrical panel upgrade. 

As time goes on, components of your electrical panel are going to wear down. Wires, breakers, fuses, and more can wear down with age, which can lead to problems and damage to the panel. 

These age-related issues can lead to serious malfunctions and safety issues including an increased fire risk, electrical shorts, and general electrical issues like flickering lights, losing power, and more. 

Generally, you should have your electrical panel looked at by a professional at least once per year. This way they can evaluate the panel as it ages, replace things as they wear down, and extend the life of your panel.

But if you haven’t had the panel looked at in some time, it’s safe to say that you’re ready for an electrical panel upgrade. Whether that means upgrading the entire panel or just parts of it is up to you and the professional evaluating it.

2. Your Technology Is Outdated

You might think that outdated technology is the same as age, but that isn’t necessarily the case. 

Think about the pace that technological advancement has. Technology changes rapidly and significantly in very short periods of time. Something that was state of the art a few years ago is almost always outpaced within a year or two by new technology or advancements.

That means that having your electrical panel inspected somewhat often is going to be key. Electrical panel professionals are going to understand better than anyone whether your panel technology is outdated and if it can use an upgrade.

If you find that your technology is outdated, then an upgrade is pretty crucial. Outdated technology can potentially pose safety risks and can be inefficient compared to newer options.

3. Your Business Has Grown

As a business grows, it makes sense that you’re going to need more power to keep it running. Whether this is as simple as adding a few new computers and a new fridge to the break room or as complex as adding new manufacturing machines or building entire new buildings, you’re going to need more power to keep things running smoothly.

The fact is that when you first install an electrical panel system, it’s set up to handle the specific power needs you have at that time. As you grow, your electrical panel needs to grow with you, which can be done through upgrades.

Failing to upgrade your panel as your grow will result in power issues, shortages, and potential safety issues. We’re going to stress again how important it is to have your panel inspected and evaluated regularly so you can ensure you get upgrades and fixes when you need them and before any issues or damages arise.

4. Safety

Safety of your employees is likely one of your top concerns. If there are any safety issues regarding your electrical panel, you need to update it as soon as possible. This protects your employees from electrical shocks, fires, and malfunctions to your machinery or equipment that can cause serious injury.

“Safety” as a reason to upgrade your electrical panel relates back to each of the other reasons we’ve talked about in this article. 

Old electrical panels have an increased risk for malfunction, fire, and other safety risks. Outdated tech can also malfunction or lead to safety issues. An underpowered panels can lead to malfunctions and danger in all parts of your business.

Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade? Ask the Professionals

You might’ve noticed that we mentioned having your panel inspected and evaluated by professionals on a regular basis. That’s because professionals are the best resources that will be able to tell you whether you need an electrical panel upgrade or if you’re good with your current set-up.

The contractors at Commonwealth Electrical Technologies are happy to help. We have years of experience and work with the best and most up to date electrical technologies.

Contact us today to book a consultation or to ask us any questions regarding your panel.