Electrical Panel Upgrade

Electrical Panel Upgrades by Mick's Electric

Your electrical panel regulates the electricity coursing through your home. If too much electricity is demanded on a circuit, a circuit breaker is tripped in the electrical panel to stop the electricity from overloading the wiring. An overload can cause a fire, so it’s the job of the electrical panel to break the circuit and regulate the electricity in the system to keep your home and family safe.

Unfortunately, as your home gets older, the electrical panel could have a hard time keeping up with the increased electrical demands on the system. Your appliances, televisions, computers, HVAC systems, lights and other electrical gadgets are increasingly energy efficient, but the average modern household uses more gadgets than ever before. 

If your home is more than 10 years old, your electrical system may not be able to keep up with your electrical demand.   If you plan on renovating, have your electrical system checked by one of our professional electricians at Mick's Electric.  We will come to your location to discuss your plans and give you options for an upgrade.   info@mickselectric.com  or call (605) 348-2335

Electrical Panel

Electrical Panel

Do I need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

Outdated Fuse Box

outdated fuse box


The oldest type of electrical panel is actually called a fuse box. Today’s homes require up to 200 amps of power or more. Fuse boxes can only handle 30-60 amps. Every time a glass fuse breaks, it has to be replaced. You can’t even get fuses for many fuse boxes anymore. That’s because these outdated systems are a huge fire and electrocution risk.   If you still have a fuse box, chances are you will be forced to upgrade if you plan to remodel or sell your home.  

Immediately contact Mick's Electric to replace your fuse box with a modern electrical panel. 

While at your location we can inspect and assess whether the wiring in the home is sufficient and up to modern electrical codes. Chances are, it’s not, but we can help fix that too. Mick's Electric, Electrician to Rapid City SD can help determine if you require a electrical panel upgrade.  Contact us at info@mickselectric.com or call (605) 348-2335.

Un-Safe Electrical Panel Brands

Pushmatic Electrical Panel

  1. Pushmatic Electrical Panels have weak breaker switches that get harder to reset overtime. They also do not have a main breaker switch to stop all power from flowing into the panel. Mick's Electric recommends that Pushmatic panels be replaced with better functioning panels.
  2.  Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Electrical Panel:  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission classified this panel as a safety defect warranting a new electrical panel. These panels, installed in homes between 1950 and 1980, have design and manufacturing defects that can cause fires and electric shocks. 
  3. Zinsco Electrical Panels haven't been used since the 1970's, but they have a defective design that allows power to flow even when the breakers are switched off. Breaker switches also melt, which basically renders them useless. Zinsco electrical panels pose fire and shock hazards. Replace them with a new electrical panel immediately! 

Signs your Electrical Panel needs help

Melted wires in electrical panel

  1.  Your panel is more than 20 years old.
  2. Your older home has a fuse block panel or split-bus panel, which do not have a main breaker.
  3.  Your home has 100-amp electrical service, but it still can’t operate some appliances  
  4. Your home has a 60-amp electrical service. 
  5. You see corrosion and rust on the circuit breakers.
  6. The interior of the electrical panel feels warm. 
  7. You hear crackling sounds from the electrical panel. 
  8. Appliances are running at less than full power.
  9. Outlets near water sources – such as sinks, tubs, dishwashers and clothes washers – are not GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters).