Electrical panel is arguably one of the most important components in any home. It brings convenience and comfort by ensuring you have electricity in your home.
After some time, however, the electrical panel may become old and outdated. At that point, it becomes as problematic as outdated wiring. It also becomes unable to keep up with your home’s electrical load.
What’s more, depending on how outdated it is, it can actually become a serious fire hazard.
But when do you know it’s time to replace your old electrical panel? The following are the telltale signs.
Here is 6 step to replace successfully an electrical panel
- Measure the size of the existing panel and measure the size of the new electrical panel.
- Check the location of the old panel and analyze how to achieved a better smooth installation.
- If the panel is recessed into drywall make sure how much drywall needs to be cut. Remember that the same piece that you will cut will be reused to cover the exposed wires so do not damage the drywall if is not nec
Identified your circuit and start the label of each of them as the process of remove them from the their existing breakers. Remember this in any residential home there are specific circuit by code that needs to be in the house.
1. Range wire could be 8/3 or 6/3
2. HVAC unit a 6/2 wire
3. Air compressor 8/2 or 10/2
4. Water heater 10/2
5. Dryer 10/3
6. Washer 12/2
7. Kitchen circuits
- Dish washer
Once the drywall is open and your circuits are label you can start to removing out of the panel the electrical wires.
After all the circuit are out you can start removing the electrical panel in most case the electrical panel are secure by two fasteners at each side
Once the old box is out installat your new electrical panel
With the new electrical panel in place now is time to start landing our circuits
- Start by the grounding wires make sure the installation of all of them are close to perfection remember to follow company standards
- After all grounding wires are installed install your neutral wires or ground wires
- Once your grounding wires and neutral wires are in place now is time to install your breakers remember to try to install the bigger size breaker close to the power entry lugs
- Land your wires into their dedicated breakers remember to follow the required code on NEC 310.15 (b).(16)
- Now that all he circuits are installed and the panel is ready for inspection is time to fill the panel schedule and install our company sticker