Mr. Electric® of San Antonio Recommends Electrical Panel Upgrades

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The average life-span of a home is now more than 35 years. That means that many homes were built before most of today’s electrical appliances and gadgets were even invented. The steady increase of consumer electronic use and home energy consumption means that the electrical systems in many older homes could easily become overloaded.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, more than 53,000 homes are destroyed by electrical fires each year, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths and injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Being concerned for the safety of you, your family and your property, Doug Thornton, Owner of Mr. Electric of San Antonio, recommends you review the following questions. He states, “Please carefully go over these questions. If you can answer yes to one or more of the questions, it may be a warning sign that it is time to upgrade or replace your electrical panel today.”

  •     Do your lights flicker?
  •     Do your breakers trip?
  •     Do your fuses blow regularly?
  •     Does your panel box make a crackling sound?
  •     Are your electrical service conductors overheating?
  •     Are you renovating your home or making an addition to your home?
  •     Did you add a sauna, a hot tub, or a swimming pool?
  •     Do you use a 60 amp electrical service?
  •     Do you use a 100 amp electrical service?
  •     Do you need more outlets?
  •     Did your Homeowners Insurance require that you make an Upgrade?
  •     Do you use multiple extension cords?
  •     Do your appliances run on less than full power?
  •     Do you require a 240 Volt circuit?
  •     Do you need to add a sub panel?
  •     Do you need a power surge arrestor?
  •     Are your outlets two pronged (non-grounded)?
  •     Does your home have Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI) receptacles in the kitchen, bath, basement, garage and on outside outlets?

Fortunately, many of the dangers associated with older electrical systems can be prevented simply by upgrading your home’s electrical panel. Upgrading your electrical panel helps to ensure that your electrical system is equipped to meet your energy needs and protect your family and property. “If you live in an aging home, one of the Service Representatives from Mr. Electric will inspect your home’s electrical wiring and distribution system to determine exactly what your electrical service panel needs are,” offers Thornton. Mr. Electric offers Panel Inspection (remove cover and visually inspect for hazards), Panel Tune-Up, and Panel Up-Grade. Upgrading or replacing important components can help prevent electrical emergencies before they occur.

Mr. Electric of San Antonio can be reached at (210) 348-6000 or

About Mr. Electric®:
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at over 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc.


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