Crofton MD, Cook Electric
Written by Larry Cook

Spring for an Electrical Panel Upgrade for Safety – Part 1

An electrical panel upgrade increases the amperage or the electrical power of an electrical circuit, allowing the circuit to safely accommodate more electrical devices and appliances simultaneously. This procedure is called a heavy-up.

If your house’s electrical system has circuit breakers tripping frequently after an appliance is turned on, you probably need an electrical panel upgrade. Postponing it may result in serious electrical and fire hazards for your home and family.

When to Heavy-Up

A remodeling project adding rooms to your home is the most common reason for getting a heavy-up. However, this might not be the only reason. New homes have electrical panels designed for meeting modern power demands. They can cope with new technology bringing an ever increasing number of devices into our homes. But older homes may not be able to handle new appliances and electronics that are larger and more powerful. This includes dryers, HVAC systems, HD large screen TVs, and larger washers and refrigerators.

Below are four indicators your house needs an electrical panel upgrade:

  • 20 years or older electrical panel
  • Flickering and dimming of lights
  • Frequent tripping of circuit breakers
  • House will be expanded with new rooms or areas
  • Getting a new large appliance like a dryer, refrigerator, or washer


The breaker panel of a home is the electrical system’s control center. It is in charge of the distribution of electricity provided by the utility to various areas of the home. The electrical panel’s circuit breakers can turn this electrical power on and off.

This ability to cut electricity when needed prevents wiring from damage when there is an overcurrent or electrical short. A breaker panel is loaded with electrical power, and it’s very dangerous for anyone who is not a licensed electrician to attempt to work on it.

Part 2 will cover the Benefits of an Electrical Panel Upgrade.

Electrical Peace of Mind

Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.