When it comes to your business, it’s important to have everything looking and functioning properly if you want to leave a great impression with customers. Sometimes, however, it’s easy to overlook the parts of your building that are less visible, like your electrical panels.
While it’s easy to take an “out of sight, out of mind” stance when it comes to your electrical, ignoring potential issues with your panel could lead to electrical issues in your business. Below, we’ll go over some benefits to upgrading your commercial electrical panel as well as signs that your panel needs upgrading. Keep reading for more!
What Is a Commercial Electrical Panel?
A commercial electrical panel acts as the core of your building’s electrical system. When power is distributed to your building from the utility provider, it first flows to your electrical panel. From there, it is safely provisioned by the panel to the various circuits in your building, thus powering machinery and other electrical devices.
Simply put – electrical panels are meant to prevent dangerous over-currents during power distribution.
Signs Your Commercial Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade
When your electrical panel needs an upgrade, you’ll often find one or more of the following indicators:
- Cracking or popping sounds coming from the panel.
- Flickering lights throughout various spaces in your business.
- Damaged or burned electrical wires.
- Frequent breaker trips or blown fuses.
- Outlets show signs of melting or emit smoke.
- You often have to turn off or disconnect some devices to power others.
- Circuit breakers fail to trip when over-current occurs.
While these signs are certainly a clear indicator something is amiss with the electrical panel in your establishment, your panel could be showing no signs of failure and still need to be upgraded. It’s important to have your electrical panel inspected by a professional for signs of damage.
Prevention is key here, so never wait until disaster strikes before taking action.
Benefits of Upgrading Commercial Electrical Panels
There’s no going wrong when it comes to keeping the electrical in your place of operations in tip-top shape, but some of the main benefits to a panel upgrade include:
Upgrading a Commercial Electrical Panel Reduces Fire Hazard
Electrical panels protect your business from over currents when electricity travels from the power lines to your building. If your panel is damaged or dangerously outdated, it may not trip when over-current occurs, potentially causing electrical fire or severe damage to your devices.
Fires in commercial establishments cost businesses an estimated $2.4 billion annually. One of the best things you can do to prevent your business from becoming a statistic is to ensure that your electrical panel is up-to-date and functioning properly.
Commercial Electrical Panel Upgrades Keep Your Business Working at 100%
Given how many devices and pieces of machinery are operating in your business every day, you need to ensure your commercial electrical panel is up to the task of facilitating that much power usage.
Older panels or those that have suffered wear and tear may no longer be able to handle modern power demands. Upgrading your electrical panel not only provides you the ability to safely use all your modern devices, but also allows you more room to make technological additions to your building.
Upgrading Your Commercial Electrical Panel Can Improve Light Quality
As a business, the last thing you want is to have constant light dimming or flickering throughout the workday. Poor lighting doesn’t just hinder employee performance, it can also be a deterrent for potential customers.
Upgrading your electrical panel is a great way to prevent flickering, buzzing, and dimming lights – creating a better workplace for employees and more appealing space for customers to shop.
Interested in Upgrading Your Commercial Electrical Panel?
Tapps Electric specializes in commercial electrical projects big and small. From total rewires to installations, repairs, and electrical panel upgrades – we’re there to get the job done right!
Give us a call today at (253) 993-4626 or fill out our online form to request an estimate.