Electrical Panel Upgrades
When you plug in your new refrigerator, new 4K TV or air conditioner, you probably don’t give much thought to the wires responsible for carrying electricity to your outlets. Few people do. After all, your home’s electrical system is hidden in the walls. In fact, many homeowners know so little about electricity that they may overlook problems that could be serious safety hazards. With all the new appliances and technical devices we now have in our homes, older homes might not have sufficient power available to handle the increased demand. Older homes typically have panels that top out at 60 or 100 amps. Newer homes usually have 200-amp panels to fit our technologically driven lifestyles. If your home is more than 25 years old, you may need an upgrade.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to 45,210 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction between 2010-2014. Those fires resulted in 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damages.
Old electrical panels can malfunction, but most of the time their circuits are overloaded. At first you might notice flickering lights or you might have to turn off an appliance in order to use another one on the same line. But if the panel is malfunctioning or defective, the breakers will trip often, or they will fail to trip and someone might be shocked. In the worst case, a breaker that fails to trip may cause fire, smoke and melted wires from overheating. This is incredibly dangerous!
Contact us immediately if you're experiencing flickering lights, frequent breaker trips or low power to your appliances. We can install the proper electrical panel needed to support the electrical demand for your home.
Steps during electrical panel upgrade:
- Determine size of electrical panel needed to support electrical demand for your residence.
- Apply for electrical permit with the town and notify your electric company that work is being done on their lines.
- Set up the best time to complete the work based on your schedule and weather.
- Complete project and set up inspection.
Our electricians offer the following services:
- Panel Upgrade
- Service Upgrade
- Circuit Breakers
- Panel Inspections
- Electrical Wiring
- Electrical Repairs
- 220v Circuits
- Electric Service Panel Upgrade
- Replace Circuit Breakers
- Electrical Testing