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Fuse box replacement, old fuse boxes present a lingering danger in your home or business for fire and overloading circuits and damaging equipment energized by the circuits. Electrical panels (in this case old fuse boxes) distribute power throughout a home or commercial space through branch circuitry and when a branch line becomes damaged, it should ground out and the fuse becomes blown rendering it inoperable. The fuse then needs to be removed and replaced after the problem is identified and corrected. This is why the modern panel with circuit breakers are required to turn them off and on when needed and when damaged. 

Panel upgrades also include inspection of the service wires so we can help determine the condition of the wires and if they need to be upgraded as well. We make sure all screws and bolts are to torque specifications, and make sure the panel is properly grounded and bonded. There are many factors in a panel upgrade that require attention to detail. A properly trained electrician is required to properly diagnose and correct all issues with an electrical panel.  

I will definitely use Sims & Sons Electric again and recommend to anyone in need of a professional electrician. They responded immediately to my call, scheduled someone as soon as available and worked with my availability in the day. Arnell arrived early, called in advance to let me know was on my way. Listened to my issue, gave me a VERY reasonable quote to fix my electric panel and was done in a couple minutes. Very pleasant and professional.

Heather Fortier
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! 

Popular Questions

One common question is about the appropriate timing for an electrical panel upgrade. Several factors may indicate the need for an upgrade, such as frequently tripping circuit breakers, outdated or unsafe panel models, insufficient power supply for new appliances or electrical demands, or the addition of a home addition or renovation project. It is best to consult with a licensed electrician who can assess your electrical system and advise if an upgrade is necessary.

Homeowners often inquire about the advantages of upgrading their electrical panel. Some key benefits include:

  • Enhanced electrical capacity: Upgrading to a higher amperage panel allows for increased electrical capacity, accommodating additional appliances, electrical devices, or home expansions.
  • Improved electrical safety: Upgraded panels often come with updated safety features, such as arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which help protect against electrical hazards.
  • Compliance with electrical codes: Upgrading the electrical panel ensures compliance with current electrical codes and regulations, providing peace of mind and maintaining the safety and value of your home.

Many individuals inquire about the feasibility of performing an electrical panel upgrade as a DIY project. However, electrical panel upgrades are complex and potentially hazardous tasks that require the expertise of a licensed electrician. Professional electricians have the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to safely assess, plan, and execute the upgrade, ensuring compliance with electrical codes and minimizing the risk of electrical hazards.

It is highly recommended to hire a qualified electrician for electrical panel upgrades to ensure safety and proper functionality. The electrical specialists at Sims & Sons Electric and Plumbing are over qualified and properly reviewed! 

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

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