Updating electrcal service
Some old panels have had circuits added and have maxed out (most old panels are maxed out when the original construction was completed).Many old panels are of inferior quality and simply stop working and need to be replaced.Just like the heart regulates the blood pumping throughout the body, the electrical panel regulates the electricity coursing through the home.If too much electricity is demanded on a circuit, a “breaker” is tripped in the electrical panel to stop the electricity from overloading the wiring. So it’s the job of the electrical panel to break the circuit and regulate the electricity in the system to keep your home and family safe.In most cases we can complete the service/panel upgrade with minimal disruption to the incoming power.If you think about your home like the human body, the electrical system is the circulatory system.
The switches also have numbers on the switch itself that tell you how many amps the branch line can carry before the breaker switch is tripped off.The problem is that we have so many more gadgets in our homes than ever before that all need electricity at the same time.If your home is more than 10 years old, it may not be able to keep up with the electrical demand. The main power line from your electric company connects directly to a box on the outside of your home, usually at a meter box.An electric service upgrade is often recommended or required to increase the capacity of the existing electrical service.With all the new appliances and technical devices we now have in our homes, we find that older homes just don’t have sufficient power available to handle the increased demand. This may include not only upgrading your electric panel, but upgrading your meter socket, the wire between the meter and panel, the wire between the utility and the meter and the grounding system as well.
Branch circuit requirements start at 15 amps and can go as large as required by the specific item and voltage.