Today’s society depends more than ever on electricity. Everything seems to be electronic. It’s extremely prevalent in homes now. Most people have at least one computer, several televisions, a stereo system, cell phones, and the list continues. All of these devices require electricity to function.
More than half of the homes today were constructed before the 1970s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means more than half were built decades before many of these modern, electronic conveniences were even invented. Most of these older homes possessed no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps.
These facts point to a problem—older homes, unless their electrical system has been upgraded, are being overburdened. These outdated electric systems and panels cannot safely handle the demands of today’s society.
Older homes with outdated electrical panels can’t handle the electrical needs of today’s society. In the past, 60-amp service was considered more than enough. Today, people’s power requirements are much greater.
Among a variety of older panels, there are two distinct types that electricians will recommend upgrading the most. They offer unique problems for homes. These two types of panels are fuse boxes and split-bus panels.