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What is Included in an Electrical Service Upgrade?

As technology continues to become more sophisticated, devices will require additional power to run them. While most older buildings and homes were constructed with power allowances between 50 and 100 amps, this is no longer a suitable capacity for modern appliances and electronics. To ensure that your home or business can accommodate the energy demands of your devices, an electrical service upgrade may be required. As a leading provider of complete commercial and residential electrical solutions, the team at Expert Electric knows how beneficial electrical service upgrades can be for any property. That is why we have provided some information to help you understand what is included in an electrical service upgrade and what to expect during the process.

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3 Common Elements of Electrical Service Upgrades

Most electrical service upgrades will consist of the following steps:

1. Assessing Your Current Electrical Service

Before performing an electrical service upgrade, a licensed electrician will need to assess your current electrical service. Through this assessment, they will determine your current amp allowance, inspect the condition of your electrical panel and subpanels, and take note of any appliances or devices that require additional power. In most cases, it is not necessary to rewire the entire property, as the wiring itself can typically support up to 200 amps. Instead, the electrician will recommend replacing your main electrical panel and subpanels if needed. In addition to being unable to supply power for modern devices, an outdated or insufficient electrical panel can drastically increase the risk of electrical fires and other safety hazards. This makes an electrical service upgrade a vital project for any property.

2. Coordinating with Utility Providers

Once you have approved a licensed electrician to perform an electrical service upgrade, they will need to coordinate with utility companies to disconnect power from your property for the duration of the project. Failure to disconnect power can lead to electrocution, electrical fires, or destroyed wiring, so this task is mandatory for every service upgrade.

3. Upgrading Electrical Panels and Subpanels

With the power disconnected, the electrician will disconnect your existing panels, remove them, and install new panels in their place. While this may seem like a simple task on the surface, it requires a lot of time and a high attention to detail to ensure that the job is done right. That is why it is worth hiring a licensed electrician with experience in electrical service upgrades, as they know how to get the job done right the first time.

To learn more about our electrical service upgrade solutions or to inquire about our other electrical services, get in touch with the team at Expert Electric. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your project.