Your electrical panel is the brain that keeps your home running. Like the brain does in the human body, an electrical panel uses circuits to send energy to all the parts of a house that need electricity. Also known as the breaker box, the panel regulates how much electricity is sent to each circuit. If there is not enough power available to run each circuit simultaneously, the systems in your home won’t run dependably.
Have you ever tripped a breaker because you and your family members were using too many appliances at the same time? That’s called circuit overload, and it’s often a sign that your electrical panel needs upgrades or repairs.
Full-Service for Electrical Panels
The fully licensed electricians at Asbury Electric are trained in all aspects of panel box repair, upgrade, and replacement. We provide emergency electrical services and a wide range of other electrical services, including the following:
- Circuit boards
- Electrical inspection
- Security lighting
- Outlet installation
- Lighting systems and fans
- Power upgrades
- New construction
Asbury Electric serves the Williamsburg and Gloucester, VA, area with integrity, honesty, and dependability. Whether the job is upgrading electrical panels or installing a ceiling fan, we offer upfront pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We are a local business with a team of highly qualified, fully licensed, and fully insured technicians waiting to serve you.
Is It Time to Replace Your Electrical Panel?
Not every homeowner knows the history of their electrical panel. Different colors or brands of breakers in your panel indicate that parts have been replaced in the past. Suppose you don’t know who made what changes and when. In that case, replacing the entire unit is probably the safest move. Frequently needing to reset tripped breakers is another warning that you should replace the old system. Read on for more signs that it is time to install a new electrical panel.
Planning Appliance Upgrades
If you are planning a kitchen remodel complete with those all-important chef-level appliances, or if you’re finally going to put in the hot tub you’ve always wanted, call Asbury Electric to evaluate your electrical panel. Your current set-up may not provide all the power needed to run additional or bigger appliances.
Your Home Was Built Before 1999
In today’s homes, electrical panels are equipped with technology to protect against electrical arcing. Arcing is the most common cause of electrical fires in households. Electrical panels installed before 1999 typically do not include this protection and could put you and your family in danger.
Visual Signs of Wear
The outer metal box or door protects the breakers on the inside. If rust, corrosion. or damage is showing on the outside of the electrical panel, the breakers may be more vulnerable to surges or other types of damage.
Electrical Issues Inside the House
Flickering lights, outlets that don’t work, and frequent tripped breakers are all signs your electrical panel is not providing enough power to your home or that there are problems with wiring. Both possibilities require the expertise of a licensed electrician.
Signs of Burning or Melting
Call Asbury Electric immediately if you notice any signs that your panel is overheating. These signs include a burning smell, scorch marks on outlets or the outside of your electric panel, melted wired, or hissing or popping sounds. Call the fire department if you see smoke coming from the breaker box.
Ignoring signs of a faulty panel box can be dangerous, and sadly, it can even be deadly. Unsafe panels can cause house fires or electrical shock. Electrical panels are built to last a long time, but they don’t last forever. Our trained technicians will evaluate the condition of your panel and determine whether it can be repaired or if a new unit is the best choice. With all our electrical services, our priority is keeping your home and family safe and comfortable.
What Does a New Electrical Panel Cost?
Most of the cost in panel replacement is to cover labor. Installing a new unit typically takes eight to ten hours. When estimating the cost, electricians consider many factors. Expect to pay between $1,200 and $4,000 to complete this job in the Williamsburg and Gloucester, VA, area. Asbury Electric’s pricing policy takes the stress out of the process. With our Straight-Forward Pricing Guide we even have packages that give you more bang for your buck. Our Packages include things like Whole Home Surge Protection, New Electrical-Fire Protection breakers, New Meter Bases, Grounding Systems, and more. We provide an honest, transparent quote for the total cost before work begins.
Electrical Repairs in Williamsburg, VA
Asbury Electric also services and repairs electrical panels. If your breaker box is less than 20 years old, it may not need to be upgraded or replaced. Our trained electricians can save you money and time by making basic repairs. The most common repair solutions include the following:
- Replacing bad circuit breakers
- Installing additional circuits—if there is room—to relieve the strain on the system
- Relocating the panel box to a safer/more suitable location
- Rewiring the electrical panel
- Panel Rejuvenations with new safer breaker technology
How do you know if you need repair or replacement? That’s a good question. The warning signs for both options are the same.
- Flickering lights
- Signs of wear on the box
- Scorch marks or the scent of burning, the panel is hot to the touch
- Odd noises coming from the box
- Breaker won’t reset after tripping
Only a qualified electrician can evaluate the level of damage and correctly diagnose the problem. The Asbury Electric team is experienced with all levels of electrical services. Call us for any issues with electrical panels or any type of electrical installation you need in the Williamsburg and Gloucester, VA, area.
We are Your “Electrician Near Me” in Williamsburg, VA
At Asbury Electric, we understand it takes time to build trust. We invite you to read our reviews, ask your friends and neighbors about our services, and give us a call. We are proud of the reputation we’ve earned in Williamsburg and Gloucester, VA, and we’re happy to provide you with references from past customers. Contact us today. We can’t wait to hear from you!