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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  • Safety: Older homes or buildings may have outdated electrical services that do not meet current safety standards.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.

Key aspects of this service include the following:

  1. 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 This is crucial for older homes that may have outdated panels that are no longer capable of supporting the electrical load required by modern appliances and technology.

  2. 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.

  3. Wiring Inspection and Replacement: Assessing and replacing outdated or damaged wiring to prevent electrical hazards such as fires or shocks.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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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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.

A residential electrical 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. We advise scheduling an estimate request with an electrician to get an estimated timeline based on your unique circumstances.
Determining whether a residential  electrical 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. We recommend you schedule an estimate with our licensed electricians 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.

Ready for an estimate? Give our local licensed electricians in Chicago a call at   (312) 282-1170   or request your Fast and Free Electrical Estimate today!

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loren G.loren G. ★★★★★ We had an emergency electric issue with our dishwasher after a dishwasher repairman busted the electricity running to it. Andy came to the rescue from Sims & Sons. You could tell he knew exactly what he was doing. Our circuit panel isn’t labeled and he figured out which breaker was for the dishwasher quickly and replaced it (plus labeled it). Then he realized there was a pinch in the wire which caused the problem. Our dishwasher is back up and running now.Elizabeth K.Elizabeth K. ★★★★★ Darrell and his team were professional and provided excellent service related to an appliance installation with involved electrical work.Prices were reasonable.I highly recommend this company.We already have our next project in mind for them.Louis F.Louis F. ★★★★★ We called Sims and Sons for a quote for some exterior security lighting on our condo building. Darryl came out the next day to look at our building, and gave some extremely insightful suggestions about what we should do. He gave us multiple quotes, for different levels of work, and was extremely helpful and communicative.When it came to the work itself, they were quick and efficient.Later that day, we noticed a small issue, and Darryl responded to my text immediately, and Mike came out the very next morning to remedy the issue.Would highly recommend!Robert M.Robert M. ★★★★★ These guys are great. We had an issue with the house to where power was going in and out randomly, particularly in rough weather and they noticed that comed...Amanda M.Amanda M. ★★★★★ Let me tell you what, when you come home to your bottom level being flooded by the burst pipe from the floor above and you frantically try to find an emergency plumber who a) answers, b) knows what they are doing, c) is so easy to work with and d) comes within 30 minutes during a polar vortex and everyone's pipes are bursting, call Sims and Sons. Darryl and Dylan were amazing and checked all those boxes! I was so impressed with how fast they came and fixed the problem AND they even got me to laugh at some point in my panicked state. Fully recommend them!!Robert G.Robert G. ★★★★★ I called them up to receive an estimate for electrical work, and quickly received a response and scheduled a thorough walk-through within a day or...Scott T.Scott T. ★★★★★ Had an ancient outdoor hose faucet replaced by Sims and Sons Plumbing and they were very responsive and easy to schedule with. Most follow up and scheduling communication was done with the phone line over text message, which was very convenient and organized. The price was reasonable and they stood behind their work as there was a problem initially with the replacement faucet which they quickly resolved with no hassle. Everyone who came to my home was very professional and on time.Nicholas N.Nicholas N. ★★★★★ Highly recommend Darrell and Sims & Sons. They provide high quality electrical work at a fair price and you can feel confident that they are not overselling you on what needs to be done. They are very responsive and professional, arriving on time and being respectful of your home.Darrell came out to assess an electrical problem in my bathroom and diagnosed the problem right away, fixing it 30 mins later during the same visit, on the same day. Other electricians who I had contacted had advised that more work was needed on a separate appointment and at a higher cost.Needless to say, I will be recommending Sims & Sons to neighbors, friends and family in their service area.Response from the ownerThank you for this review, We look forward to helping you again in the future! We pride ourself on being honest good tradesmen and practice helping our clients to the fullest of our ability see you next time around. Allison B.Allison B. ★★★★★ Darrell came out for an emergency service appointment late in the evening and was very knowledgeable to help us solve our issue!
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