Electrical Panels

Electrical Panel Installation in Santa Barbara

Comprehensive Electrical Solutions

Energy gets dispersed throughout your home from your electrical panel, which is responsible for your system’s safety. You may need an upgrade because of increased power needs or an outdated panel that is no longer up to electrical code. Whatever reason your electrical panel needs service, Laughlin Electric is here for you with expert electrical panel services in Santa Barbara. We have 30 years of experience providing service you can depend on.

Trust our professionals today for electrical upgrades that work for you! Schedule your estimate by calling us at (805) 590-0820 or filling out our online contact form.

What Are The Benefits of Upgrading Your Electrical Panel?

Is your electrical panel outdated or unable to handle the demands of your modern electrical system? It may be time to consider upgrading to a new electrical panel installation. At Laughlin Electric, we specialize in providing comprehensive electrical solutions in Santa Ynez and the surrounding areas.

Benefits of upgrading your electrical panel include:

  • Improved electrical safety: An outdated electrical panel can pose serious safety hazards such as electrical fires and electrocution. Upgrading to a new panel will ensure that your home and family are protected.
  • Increased electrical capacity: If you are experiencing frequent tripped breakers or power outages, it may be due to an overloaded electrical panel. Upgrading to a new panel with higher capacity will provide you with a reliable and efficient electrical system.
  • Compatibility with modern technology: With the increasing use of smart devices and home automation systems, older electrical panels may not be equipped to handle the electrical demands of these technologies. A new panel installation will ensure compatibility and prevent any electrical issues.
  • Energy efficiency: Newer electrical panels are designed to be more energy-efficient, resulting in potential savings on your monthly utility bills.

When Should You Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?

Your home should be your sanctuary for relaxation and safety with an electrical system you can trust. One of the main aspects of that system is the electrical panel that disperses and monitors energy requirements throughout your home. 

You may not know when to upgrade your panel for better safety, so here are a few tips:

  • Your panel is 25+ years old: The national electrical code gets updated every three years with new requirements. A home older than 25 years old is outdated, not up to today’s safety requirements, and lacks the number of outlets necessary for a fully functioning home.
  • Lights dim when using appliances: Your aging circuits cannot handle the energy draw of today’s devices and can put your home at risk for an electrical fire if your lights are dimmed with high-energy accessories. Upgrading your panel can allow you to use appliances without losing light in your space.
  • Lack of outlets: Older homes were not prepared for the technology we use today, so they often lack the proper amount of outlets today’s families require. If you’re constantly using extension cords in your home, you may be overloading your circuits, and you need more outlets in your space.
  • The panel is warm to the touch: It needs immediate service if you smell burning or feel the heat from your electrical panel. This signifies that wires are damaged or exposed and can start a fire. Laughlin Electric provides expert electrical panel services in Santa Barbara that can help keep your home safe.

You can reach us at (805) 590-0820 to speak to a team member today about electrical panels and subpanels that work for your home.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the signs that I need an electrical panel upgrade?

There are several signs that you may need an electrical panel upgrade, such as your panel being 25+ years old, lights dimming when using appliances, lack of outlets, and the panel feeling warm to the touch. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is best to contact a professional for an evaluation.

Can I repair my electrical panel instead of replacing it?

In some cases, it may be possible to repair an electrical panel instead of replacing it. However, this will depend on the extent of the damage and the age of the panel. A professional electrician can evaluate your panel and recommend the best course of action.

How long does an electrical panel upgrade take?

The length of time for an electrical panel upgrade will depend on several factors, such as the extent of the upgrade and the size of your home. However, most upgrades can be completed within a day or two. A professional electrician can give you a more accurate estimate based on your specific needs.

Can I upgrade my electrical panel myself?

No, it is not recommended to attempt an electrical panel upgrade yourself. Electrical work can be dangerous, and mistakes can lead to serious injury or damage to your home. It is best to hire a professional electrician who is licensed and experienced in electrical panel upgrades.

Hear From Our Happy Customers

Reviews & Testimonials

At Laughlin Electric, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "Thumbs up all the way."

    We used Laughlin Electric to install StarLink satellite and assemble the wiring in a neat and efficient manner. I cannot say enough about these men who are friendly, polite, and well-educated in their field. We will use them again in the future!

    - Cynthi B.
    "Incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable!"

    We called Laughlin for an urgent electrical issue that had left half of our kitchen nonfunctional. They came within a couple of hours, right at the promised time. Lucas was incredibly professional, courteous, and knowledgeable and quickly fixed our problem

    - Zadok S.
    "Very professional, knowledgeable and efficient!"

    The technicians were both very professional, knowledgeable, and efficient while being very nice, clean, and organized inside our home. I’ve had several electricians in the past and these were the most experienced I’ve seen by far.

    - Heather W.
    "I found my new go-to electrician with Laughlin."

    Laughlin sent Kurt out to add an outlet for my detached garage. He went above and beyond, explaining every aspect of his work to me. He even helped me find a new Tesla charger to install.

    - Antonio A.
    "Professional, efficient, and knowledgeable."

    Eamon at Laughlin Electric routed new ethernet cables in our house. He was professional, efficient, and knowledgeable. Now our bedroom looks a lot less cluttered and organized with our new cables. Thanks for all your help!

    - Nicole G.
    "The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair."

    We called Laughlin Electric to have power run to our motor home. They responded quickly and sent an amazing tech, Andy Hanson. Andy was very friendly and professional. The work was completed efficiently and the price was fair.

    - Savannah F.
    "Their customer focus is spot on!"

    The Laughlin team are exceptional at what they do the dedication to excellence and job completion is second to none. I have hired multiple companies over the years and their customer focus is spot on.

    - Tim M.
    "The whole experience was a good one."

    I had a great experience with Laughlin Electric. They arrived right on time and we discussed the issues I wanted solved. I received an estimate and agreed to the work which was done immediately. Highly recommend this service.

    - Helena B.

Electrical Subpanel Uses

An electrical sub panel may have various uses in your home. A subpanel is a smaller version of your home’s main panel used for a particular area that could benefit from its control center.

These uses include:

  • Garages
  • Mother-in-law cottages
  • EV chargers
  • Shed/workshops
  • Pools/hot tubs
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