Unfortunately, everything made by man has a life expectancy, including electrical panels. When this electrical panel was installed in 1961, most of today's electronics did not exist. A 100-amp panel was sufficient to power a few small kitchen electrical devices, the house lights and if you were lucky, maybe a small black and white television in a gigantic cabinet .
So how do you know if your panel needs replaced? Unfortunately, it is not obvious when a panel has exceeded it's life expectancy. Electrical panels can stop functioning properly - meaning tripping a breaker to prevent electrical overload - but continue to still "work" as far as the homeowner is aware. The homeowner may have lost her panel's protection while everything within the home continues to receive power and function.
Any electrical panel installed more than 20 years ago, should be inspected to ensure it has the minimum amperage, is properly grounded, does not have double taps (two wires terminated in a lug rated for only one) and has the proper wire size and breakers.
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Contact CWC Electric, LLC at 785-215-8775 for a personal consultation on replacing your home's electrical panel.