Electrical Service Upgrades
Electrical service upgrades are often necessary for older homes (built 40 or more years ago) that have electrical systems that were not built to handle today’s electrical needs. Modern homes have to keep up with the power requirements of running modern appliances such as computers, televisions, air conditioners, and much more. Voltage drop-offs can result in damage to sensitive electronics in your home, so having an ample power supply is important to the electrical safety of your home.
Even if your home’s electrical system supplies you with enough power to meet your needs, the quantity or arrangement of the electrical outlets in your home could be an inconvenience to you. Relying on power strips and extension cords is a potential safety hazard. Electrical fires are serious disasters that cause death, injury, and major property damage. For this reason, electrical service upgrades are often a safety necessity.
In addition, electrical service upgrades are often required when installing equipment that requires large amounts of electricity such as basement suites, hot tubs, air conditioners, steam showers, electric car chargers and more.
What an electrical service upgrade involves
To solve the problem of low power in your home, an electrical service upgrade often involves the complete replacement of electrical service around the house. Sometimes it is necessary to relocate the electrical meter and electrical in homes that have been dramatically altered over the years. In older homes especially, it is important to upgrade the electrical wiring. This process can involve running new wires, and connecting switches, outlets, and fixtures. Rewiring can be a big job that requires opening your walls for access, so if you’re in the middle of a renovation or you are planning to renovate, it would also be a good time to consider having your wiring upgraded.
You may require an electrical service upgrade if you experience any of the following:
- Constant light flickering when activating a major appliance
- Frequent tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
- An overheated electrical panel
- An outdated/recalled electrical panel
- Use of multiple extension cords or outlet splitters in your home
- Your home contains two-pronged outlets which are outdated and unsafe
- You are preparing to renovate or add new living or working areas to your home
Electrical service upgrades are also often required when installing equipment that requires large amounts of electricity, including:
- Basement suites
- Hot tubs
- Air conditioners
- Steam showers
- Electric car chargers
Upgrading your electrical service is a big job that requires professional help from an experienced electrician. ProAmp’s professional electricians have over 30 years of experience with home electrical service upgrades. Don’t take chances with your safety – contact us today.