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An electrical service upgrade is the process of increasing the capacity of the electrical service to your home or building. The electrical service is the main power line that connects your home or building to the power grid. It is typically connected to a meter, which measures the amount of electricity you use, and an electrical panel, which distributes the electricity to the various circuits in your home or building.

There are several reasons why you may need to upgrade your electrical service, including:

  • Increased electrical demand: If you are adding new appliances or electrical devices to your home or building, you may need to upgrade your electrical service to handle the increased load.
  • Safety: Older homes or buildings may have outdated electrical services that do not meet current safety standards. Upgrading your electrical service can reduce the risk of electrical fires and other hazards.
  • Code compliance: In some cases, local building codes may require an electrical service upgrade when making significant changes to your home or building.

An electrical service upgrade typically involves replacing the existing service cable, meter, and electrical panel with larger, more robust components that can handle a higher electrical load. This is a complex and potentially dangerous task that should only be performed by a licensed electrician. If you are considering an electrical service upgrade, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified electrician to determine the best course of action for your home or building.

I live in a condo unit that has good bones but has never been updated – ever. So the first step was to update the electrical system. Nate was one of a few electricians I met with to find out what was needed and estimate the cost. He made some really good observations, checked out the existing panel and submitted an the estimate that worked for my budget. They were respectful, careful, deliberate, and pleasant to work with. I had a chance to talk to the Darryl, the owner, at the end of the job who was as respectful and professional as the crew that worked in my condo.

This was a great experience and I’m very happy with the outcome!

Chicago, IL

We take pride in our effort to contribute towards creating a safe, functional, and technologically advanced environment for homeowners. We can walk you through the process from start to finish and help you complete your project! 

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The cost of hiring an electrician for a service upgrade can vary depending on various factors such as the size of the upgrade, the electrical panel’s capacity, the existing wiring condition, and the specific requirements of your property. It is recommended to obtain multiple quotes from licensed electricians to get an accurate estimate tailored to your specific needs. The electrician will assess your electrical system, determine the scope of the upgrade, and provide a breakdown of the costs involved, including labor, materials, permits, and any additional electrical work required.

A service upgrade typically involves replacing the existing electrical panel with a larger capacity panel to accommodate increased electrical demand. This process may also include upgrading the main service entrance cable, installing new grounding systems, and ensuring compliance with electrical codes and regulations. The duration of a service upgrade can vary depending on the complexity of the project and the specific requirements of your property. It is advisable to consult with the electrician to get an estimated timeline based on your unique circumstances.

Determining whether a service upgrade is necessary depends on several factors, including the age of your electrical system, the capacity of your current panel, and your increasing electrical demands. Some common signs that indicate a service upgrade may be needed include frequently tripping circuit breakers, inadequate power supply for appliances or equipment, flickering lights, or the addition of a home addition or renovation project. It is recommended to consult with a licensed electrician who can assess your electrical system, evaluate your power requirements, and advise if a service upgrade is necessary to ensure a safe and efficient electrical system for your property.

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