How to Safely Replace Your Own Electrical Panel

How to Safely Replace Your Own Electrical Panel


Replacing an electrical panel can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and safety precautions, a homeowner can safely install a new panel. A new panel provides increased capacity, safety upgrades, and peace of mind knowing your home's electrical system is up-to-date. This guide will walk you through the key steps I took to replace my outdated fuse box with a new circuit breaker panel.

Reasons to Replace an Electrical Panel

There are several reasons you may need or want to replace your home's electrical panel:

Key Steps to Safely Replace an Electrical Panel

Replacing the main electrical service panel is a job best left to licensed electricians, but homeowners can legally do it themselves through proper planning, permitting, and inspections. Here are the essential steps I followed to safely change my home's panel:

Research local permitting requirements

Select the new panel

Safely shut off power

Remove the old panel

Install new panel mounting brackets

Mount the new panel

Connect the service feeder wires

Connect the branch circuits

Inspect and energize the new panel

Safety Tips for DIY Panel Replacements

Proper safety steps helped ensure my panel project went smoothly.


While not an easy DIY, replacing my 1960s-era fuse box greatly improved my home. The sense of accomplishment coupled with modern safety and capacity was well worth the effort. Following proper planning and safety steps allowed me to do it safely myself, saving thousands over hiring an electrician. Your own capabilities and regulations should dictate whether you take on this project solo or leave it to the professionals.