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- Safety: Older homes or buildings may have outdated electrical services that do not meet current safety standards.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.
Key aspects of this service include the following:
Electrical Panel Upgrade: Replacing or upgrading your old electrical panel to support more circuits, allowing for safer and more efficient distribution of electricity throughout your home. This is crucial for older homes that may have outdated panels that are no longer capable of supporting the electrical load required by modern appliances and technology.
Circuit Breaker Replacement: Upgrading old fuse boxes to circuit breakers, which are safer and more convenient for handling modern electrical loads. Circuit breakers can be easily reset in case of a trip, unlike fuses that need to be replaced.
Wiring Inspection and Replacement: Assessing and replacing outdated or damaged wiring to prevent electrical hazards such as fires or shocks. This includes upgrading from aluminum to copper wiring, which is safer and more reliable.
Installation of Additional Outlets: Adding more outlets to accommodate the increasing number of electronic devices in homes today. This also includes the installation of specialized outlets such as GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets for enhanced safety.
Surge Protection: Integrating whole-house surge protection to safeguard your home’s electrical system and electronic devices from power surges and spikes caused by lightning or other external factors.
Energy Efficiency Improvement: Recommendations and upgrades that improve energy efficiency, such as LED lighting installation, smart thermostats, and energy-efficient appliances, which can reduce electricity consumption and lower utility bills.
The cost of hiring an electrician for a residential 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.
Our licensed electricians 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.
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