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Electrical Panel Upgrade

Electrical Panel Upgrade

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors{, recommends| suggests| is recommending} {that you inspect|that you check|to inspect} your {electric panel on a regular|electrical panel on a regular|electric panel on a frequent} {basis|on a regular basis|every few months}.

{This is even if there|Even if there|This is even if you} {haven’t been any|no|are no} {electrical repairs|repairs to the electrical system}. {You should look out|Be on the lookout|It is important to look} for {signs of corrosion or scorching|indications of scorching or corrosion|evidence of scorching or corrosion} {as these can indicate|because these could indicate|as they could mean} {that there is underlying damage|the presence of underlying damage|that there’s a problem underneath}.

{Maintaining your electric panel should|The maintenance of your electrical panel should|Maintaining your electric panel must} be {part of your daily|a part of your everyday|a regular part of your} routine. In {some cases|certain situations|some instances}{, however, you may| however, you might| it is possible that you} {need to upgrade|require upgrading|have to upgrade} {your electrical panel to a|the electrical system to|your electric panel with a} {more sophisticated|more advanced|higher-end} {system|technology}.

{Why do you need to|What are the reasons to|Why should you} {upgrade|replace|change} {the electrical panel|your electrical system|an electrical circuit}?

{Electric panels should|The electrical panels need to|The electric panels must} be replaced every {25-40|25 to 40} years. If your {home is older than that|home is older than this|house is older than that}{, it’s likely that| is likely that| then it’s likely} {you will need an upgrade|you’ll need to upgrade your system|you’ll require an upgrade}. There are {some other signs|other indications|other indicators} that your system {may|might|could} {need to be replaced|require replacement|require replacing}.

{Signs that|The signs that indicate|Evidence that} {an|you need to replace an|the} Electric Panel Replacement is Required

You {are probably wondering if|may be wondering if|might be thinking about whether} {an electrical panel upgrade|an upgrade to your electrical panel|upgrading your electrical panel} is {needed|required|necessary}. {These are some important|Here are some crucial|Here are some key} {points to remember|things to keep in mind|aspects to consider}.

{Upgrading your existing|The upgrade of your|Upgrades to your current} electrical panel {would only be|will only be|is only} {beneficial to you|advantageous to your needs|profitable for you}. {You’ll only benefit from upgrading|It is only beneficial to upgrade|The only benefits you will get from upgrading} {your current panel if it|your existing panel if it|the panel you have currently} {is older than 25 years|has been in use for more than 25 years|is more than 25 years old}{, is less than| or has less than| and is under} {200amps or|200amps , or|200 amps or} {has reached its maximum capacity|has reached its maximum capacity|is at its capacity}.

Circuit breaker panels {don’t|won’t|aren’t able to} last forever{ and will|, and|, and they will} eventually {need to be replaced|require replacement}. The electrical load {eventually wears|wears|will eventually wear} out{, and electrical problems| and electrical issues} {can occur|may occur|could occur}.

{It is not|It isn’t|It’s not} {possible to set a timetable|possible to establish a schedule|feasible to schedule a timetable} for an {electrical panel upgrade|upgrade to your electrical panel}. If you {notice|observe|see} any of the {items below|issues listed below|following issues}{, it is a good| it’s a good| it’s a great} {idea to replace|idea to upgrade|option to replace} your panel.

{Some signs will indicate that|Certain signs could indicate that|There are signs that indicate} your {wiring or electrical panel|electrical panel or wiring} {is not working properly|isn’t working correctly|isn’t functioning properly}. {A qualified electrician should inspect|An experienced electrician will inspect|An electrician with experience should examine} {your wiring and panel|your panel and wiring|the panel and your wiring}.

{Electric|Electrical} Panels {with Rusted Electrical|that have Rusted Electric|featuring Rusted Electrical} {parts|Parts|components}

{Rusted electric panels are never|Electric panels that are stained with rust are not|The appearance of rusty electric panels is never} {a good sign|an indication of good quality|an indicator of good health}. {Rust is an indication|The appearance of rust indicates|The presence of rust is a sign} that the panel {has come|came} {in|into} {contact with|the contact of|close contact with} water. We {all know|are all aware|are all aware of the fact} that {electricity and water can|water and electricity can|electricity and water could} {lead to serious problems|cause serious issues|create serious problems}.

{The presence of rust|A rusty appearance|Rust} {indicates|is a sign|suggests} that the panel {has been|was} {exposed to water|subjected to moisture|in contact with water}. {You may have different|There could be a variety of|There are many} {reasons for rust,|reasons for rust|causes of rust,} {such as|like|for instance,} {chipped|damaged|cracked} {paint, high|paintor high levels of|painting, excessive} humidity{,|} or {water leaks|leaks from water}.

The panel is {being exposed|exposed|subjected} to {high levels of electric|extreme levels of electric|high levels of electrical} current. {We don’t want water|We do not want water|Water is not a good thing} in any form{ or shape| or form|, shape or form}.

The breaker box {will eventually|can|may} {become unsafe due to|be unsafe due to|be unsafe due} corrosion. It {may also fail to|could also fail to|might also not} {function correctly and cause|perform as it should and lead to|operate properly and cause} electrical {faults|problems|malfunctions}.

It is {necessary|essential|important} {to replace an electrical panel that|for an electrician to repair an electric panel which|in order to change an electrical circuit that} {has become|has|is} {corroded|damaged|corrosion-prone}. It is {important to identify|essential to determine|crucial to pinpoint} the {cause of corrosion so|source of corrosion to ensure|reason for corrosion so} {that it does not happen|that it doesn’t happen|it is not a repeat} again. {You may have to move|It is possible to relocate|You might have to move} {it to an area|the area to one|the corrosion to a location} {with less moisture|that is less humid}.

Circuit Breakers {That Trip Constantly|that Trip Continually|That Trip Incessantly}

{A breaker trip|A trip to the breaker|Breaker trips} {should not be a|is not a|shouldn’t be the sole} reason to {have|get} an electrical panel {replaced or upgraded|upgraded or replaced|changed or upgraded}. {An electric panel replacement|A replacement for the electrical panel|The replacement of the panel’s electrical components} {should be required only when|is only required if|should only be considered if} the breaker {is not properly|isn’t properly|is not correctly} connected, {scorching from arcing|is scorching due to arcing|arcing from the panel} or {rust|corrosion}{,|} {or the panel is|and the electrical panel may be|or the panels are}{ too|} {large or undersized|big or too small|large or not sized}.

A {tripper on|trip on|trip in} your breakers {can|could|may} {indicate an electrical problem in|signal an electrical issue in|be a sign of an electrical issue with} {your wiring or electrical panel|your electrical panel or wiring|the electrical panel or in your wiring}. {You may also have|It could also be|There is also the possibility of} {a bad|an issue with your|an unreliable} breaker.

{These are the reasons why|The reasons are as follows:|There are a few reasons why} {a breaker might trip constantly|the breaker could trip repeatedly|breakers can trip frequently}:

  • One{, because electric| reason is that electric| reason is because electrical} circuits {that are overloaded circuit|that are overload circuit|are overloaded}
  • Two{, the circuit is| The circuit is| Circuits are} experiencing an electrical {fault|issue|problem}.
  • {and lastly|and , lastly|And lastly}{, the wire is too| and lastly, the wire is too| and finally, the wire is} {small|tiny|small}.

In {such cases|these instances|such instances}{, a licensed electrician should| an electrician licensed by the state should| it is recommended that a licensed electrician} {inspect the wiring and the|examine the wiring and|check the wiring and} electrical panel. {You may need|It may be necessary|You might need} {to replace the electrical panel in|for the replacement of your electrical panel|replacing the panel’s electrical components in} {some|certain|a few} {cases|instances|situations}.

These are the {questions that|kinds of questions|questions} you {should|must} ask your electrician {prior to|before} {replacing an|replacing your|changing the} electrical panel.

  • Are you {sure it is|certain it’s|confident that it’s} the same {breaker that trips|circuit breaker that is tripping|breaker that trip} {regularly|frequently|often}? If it {trips repeatedly|keeps on tripping|is a regular occurrence}{, it could be| there could be| it could indicate} {a problem with either|an issue with|something wrong with} {the circuit or the breaker itself|it’s circuit, or even the breaker itself|an breaker or circuit}.
  • Are there {any burnt|burnt|any burned} marks on the {bus bar connecting|bus bar that connects|busbar that connects} to the panel’s {breaker|circuit breaker}? If {there are|you notice} {scorching marks or burns|burning or scorching marks|burning marks or scorching marks}{, it could be| there could be| this could indicate} {a problem with either|an issue with} the circuit breaker{ or the| or|, or the} panel. If {you have experienced|you’ve experienced|you’ve had problems with} burning, {it is|it’s} {a good idea|recommended|an ideal idea} to {replace|change} the panel.
  • Breakers {that have|with} two circuits {connected|linked|that are connected} to one {of them|circuit} are {known as double-tapped breakers|referred to as double-tapped breakers|called double-tapped breakers}. If {it is|they are|it’s} {connected to multiple branch circuits|linked to several branch circuits|coupled to multiple branches}{,|} the breaker {may|could|might} {trip|be triggered|stop}. {If the electrical|When the|In the event that the electric} panel {allows|is able to allow|permits}{, the fix can be| it, the solution is| for this, it can be} {as easy|simple|straightforward as simple} {as installing|to install|by installing} a tandem{ to|} 2 breaker{ or trying to| or|, or} {split the circuits into completely|divide the circuits into totally|break the circuits up into completely} {seperate|separate|distinct} breakers.
  • {Is the circuit too small|Are the connections too tiny|Does the circuit have enough power} {for|to} the {breaker|breakers}? A breaker {that is too|that is|that’s too} small {will trip frequently|can trip frequently when|will frequently trip} under certain {loads|load conditions}. {Overloading a breaker can|The overloading of a breaker could|A breaker that is overloaded can} {cause it to trip|result in it tripping|make it trip}. For {example, vacuums can|instance, vacuums could|instance, vacuums may} {cause a breaker’s trip|cause a breaker to trip|trigger breaker trips} {every so often|at times|each and every now and then} {due to the high demand|because of the demand for|due to the constant demand}.

Sub-sized Electrical Panels

{An electrical panel has|A panel of electrical equipment has|An electrical panel is equipped with} {a power rating|an energy rating|a rating for power}. {This rating is usually related|The rating is typically related|This rating is usually linked} to the {dimensions|size} of the panel {and the|as well as the|and also the} {number of breakers it can|number of breakers it is able to|amount of breakers it will} {hold|accommodate|be able to hold}.

The first {electric breaker boxes|breaker boxes with electric power|electrical breaker boxes} {that were installed|which were put} in {residential homes|homes of homeowners} by contractors {had|contained|featured} {60 amps of power|sixty amps of electricity|the capacity of 60 amps}.

{This|The power|It} was later {increased|raised|upped} {to|by|until} 100 amps. {This is considered insufficient today|It is now considered to be insufficient|The current standard is not enough}. {Today, the majority of|Nowadays, most|Today, most} {homes have 200 amps|houses have 200 amps|homes are equipped with 200 amps}.

{An older electrical panel may|A faulty electrical panel could|A damaged electrical panel can} {cause problems in|cause issues in|create problems for} your home. If{ the|| your} electrical appliances {are not properly|aren’t properly|aren’t correctly} {plugged in|connected}{, the breakers could| and the breakers are not properly plugged in, they could cause a| then the breakers may} {trip|be triggered|fail}.

{I will recommend that|I would suggest that|I’d suggest} you {replace the electrical panel that|change the electrical panel that|replace the electrical panel which} {is too small in certain|isn’t enough in some} {cases|situations|instances} {when|in the following situations|in cases where}:

  • Major {remodeling is underway|renovations are underway|work is in progress to remodel}
  • {New electrical appliances|The latest electrical devices|A variety of new electrical gadgets} are {being added|added|coming in} {that are high in|which are very high in|with a high} {electrical|electric|electricity} consumption.
  • {It could cause overload to|This could result in overloading to|The risk of overload could be a problem for} the electrical panel {if there are|if you have|in the event that there are} more people{ living|} {in your house|in the house|within your home}.

{The|Its} Electrical Panel is a scorching {place|area.|spot.}

{This was already mentioned|It was mentioned before|This has been mentioned previously}{, but let’s get into| however let’s dive into| in the past, but let’s talk about} {it|the details}. {Although an electrical panel can|While an electrical panel may|Although electrical panels can} last {for between 40-60 year|between 40 and 60 years|for 40 to 60 years}{, it will eventually need| but it’s going to eventually have| however, it’s likely to need} {to be replaced|to be replaced}.

A service panel {can|could|may} be damaged by {power surges|surges of power|surges of electricity} at any {moment|time}.

{Mechanicals|Mechanical systems|Mechanical components} {can fail before they are|may fail before they’re|can fail before they’re} supposed to, {despite|regardless of|in spite of} {what the manufacturer claims|what the manufacturer says|the claims of the manufacturer}. {Manufacturer specifications are only|The specifications of the manufacturer are just} estimates{ and are based on|, and they are based on| and are based upon} ideal conditions.

The electrical panel {is not|isn’t} the only thing {that wears|to wear}{, but also the wiring| and deteriorates, but the wiring too| as well as the wiring}. The wiring {may|could|can} be damaged {by insulation,|due to insulation,|by the insulation} {which can cause|which could cause|that can trigger} {electrical arcs to generate|electric arcs to produce|sparks of electricity to create} {heat that ignites|the heat needed to ignite|sparks that can ignite} {a|the|an igniting} fire.

{You should|It is important to|You must} {look for areas that are|be looking for areas that appear|search for areas that appear} {charred or have distinct|burned or that have distinctive|charcoal-colored or have distinctive} {smells:|scents:|smells}

  • If the breaker {has been|is|was} removed, {in|it is located in|then it can be found in} the electrical panel {near|next to|that is near to} the breaker.
  • The breakers. Are the connectors {scorched|burned} or not?
  • The wires. {Is the insulation around wires|Are the wires’ insulation|Does the insulation around wires} {melted|melting|melt}?

{You should|It is recommended to|You must} {inspect the panel by|examine the panel with|check the panel with} {a licensed electrician|an electrician licensed to inspect the panel|an accredited electrician} {if you find|If you discover|in the event that you notice} any electrical {issues|problems}.

Broken Breakers {Are not Working|aren't Working|Aren't Functioning} Correctly

Your {home and family|family and home|family and your home} are {protected|safe} from {electric shocks and fire|fire and electric shocks|fires and electric shocks} {by the electrical|through the electric|from electrical} breakers. If the breakers {fail to|do not|don’t} {function properly, you are|work properly, you’re|operate properly, you’re} {at risk|in danger}.

It is {advised to check|recommended to inspect|suggested to examine} the electrical system {on a regular basis|regularly} and replace {damaged breakers as|broken breakers when|damaged breakers if} {necessary|needed|required}.

Faulty wiring or Aging underground wires

{Due to natural|Because of natural|As a result of} {wear and tear,|damage and wear,|use and wear} {outmoded|old|outdated} wiring {may cause safety problems|can cause safety issues|could cause safety problems}. {Bad wiring practices can|Poor wiring practices could|Unsafe wiring practices can} {be dangerous|be hazardous|cause danger} {and your electrical panel|as well. Your electrical system|so your electric panel} {should|must|needs to} be {upgraded or replaced|replaced or upgraded|updated or replaced}. Here are {some|a few} examples:

  • Oversized breakers{ – I have| – I’ve|. I’ve} {found mismatched brands of|discovered a mismatch in the|found a mix of} electrical breaker brands {during|in|on} {my home inspections|the home check-ups|an inspection of my house}. {Incompatible breaker brands|Breaker brands that are not compatible|Brands that aren’t compatible with each other} {can be dangerous and extremely|could be extremely dangerous and|could pose a risk and be} {unsafe|dangerous|hazardous}.
  • Double-tapped electrical breakers {- double-tapped breakers could|- double-tapped breakers can|with double taps could} be {another potential|a different|another} electrical {fire hazard|fire risk|danger to fire}. {A breaker may|Breakers can|A breaker could} {trip more frequently|be more frequent|fail more often} than it {ought to|should|is supposed to} {for a variety of|due to a variety of|because of a variety} reasons. {It is possible to|There is a possibility to|You can} {use|utilize|install} {some breakers with circuits|certain breakers} {that have|with|which have just} {one or two poles|only one pole or even two|either one or two poles}. {There should be only each|It is recommended to have only one|There must be only one} {circuit wire correlation on|circuit wire that is connected to|connection of a circuit wire on} {a|one pole of a|the} 1 Pole breaker.
  • Multiple electrical connections {made outside|that are not part|outside} {of an electrical|the electrical|from an electric} junction box {with|that has|fitted with} {a cover plate is|the cover plate are|an enclosure plate is} {referred to|known|often referred to} {as|by the term} messy wiring. Older homes {with different|that have multiple|with multiple} rooms {wired together and on|that are wired together on|connected to} one circuit {frequently experience|often experience|are often affected by} this {issue|problem}. {The division legs are|Division legs|These division legs}{ then|} {connected to other, older|connected to older|linked to the other} {electrics when|electrical circuits if they are|electrical wires, if} {not in a fuse|they are not inside a fuse|they are not in a fuses} box{ after| until|, after} the wiring {has been replaced|is replaced|has been changed}.

{Consolidating|The Consolidation of|Combining} Multiple Electric Subpanels

{Each home has one main|Every home is equipped with an|Every house has a central} electric panel. {This is the primary|It is the main} source {for electricity|of electricity}.

Subpanels {may be installed|can be found|are often installed} in{ some| certain|} homes. Subpanels {may be installed|can be used|are installed} {for a variety of reasons|to serve a variety of purposes|for various reasons}.

  • {Sometimes, it might be|Sometimes, it’s|It is sometimes} {easier to control specific|simpler to control certain|easier to manage specific} circuits {from|by|using} {a subpanel|the subpanel|an additional panel}. This is {possible|feasible} in {garages, granny apartments|granny apartments, garages|granny apartment buildings, garages}{, and other extensions of| as well as other extensions of| and other additions to} your {home|house}.
  • In {some cases|certain situations|certain circumstances}{, a subpanel might| it is possible that a subpanel will| the subpanel may} be more {economical|cost-effective|affordable}. {You don’t have|There is no need|It is not necessary} to {run multiple wiring|connect multiple wires|run multiple wirings} through {a|the} subpanel. Instead, one {wiring can|wire can|wire could} {be connected to the main panel|connect to the panel’s main one|be linked to the primary panel}.
  • This is a {common problem|frequent issue|typical issue} in older homes {that have|with} {the main panel box|an existing panel|panels that are} {at|operating at|running at} its{ maximum|| highest} capacity. Additional circuits {can|may} {be added to an older panel or upgraded electrically|add to older panels or be upgraded electronically|either be connected to an existing panel, or they can be updated electrically}.

{You will need|It is necessary|It’s necessary} to {replace or upgrade the|upgrade or replace the|replace or upgrade your} main electrical panel {if|when|in the event that} you {combine|join|connect}{ multiple| several|} subpanels. This {can be done|is possible|can be accomplished} {with one|by using a single|with a} 200-amp panel.

{Two 200 amp|2 200 amp|The two 200-amp} panels {may|could|might} be {required for larger homes|needed for homes with larger spaces|needed in larger homes}. {One is the main panel|The main panel is one|One panel is the main one} {and the other is the|and the other one is the|while the other is a} subpanel.

One of the {major|biggest|main} {disadvantages of consolidating|drawbacks of combining|negatives of consolidating} {multiple|several} subpanels is that {it will|they will|it’ll} {require a lot more|require more|need a lot of} wiring{ work, which can|, which could} be extremely {laborious and costly|time-consuming and expensive|difficult and costly}.

{Dimming or flickering lights|Lights flickering or dimming|The lights flicker or dim.}

{A good indicator|An indication|One of the best indicators} that your {electrical panel needs|panel’s electrical system needs|electrical panel is in need} {to be upgraded|upgrading|upgrade} is {dimming|a dimming|the dimming} or flickering {light|lights}.

If an {underpowered electric panel|electric panel that is not powered|electrical panel that isn’t powered} is {in high demand|popular|highly sought-after} or if {there are older|you have older|there are old} {breaker panels, lights can|breakers, the lights may|panel breaker panels, light bulbs can} flicker.

{Faulty wiring can sometimes|A faulty wiring system could|The wiring may be faulty and could} be the {cause|reason}. To {determine the reason for|find out the cause of|identify the reason behind} the lights {flickering|flashing}{, an electrician should| an electrician must| the electrician needs to} {inspect the premises|examine the area|investigate the location}.

Modern LED lights {are not|aren’t} {designed to be used in|intended to be used in an|meant to be used in an} {an electrical box that is|the electrical equipment that is|electrical boxes that are} {defective|damaged|not working properly}. {When LED lights are left|If LED lights are left|When LED lights remain} {on for too long,|for too long,|on for too long} they {can flicker or dim|may flicker or dim|will flicker or dim}.

{Use several|Make use of several|Use multiple} power strips

{Many homeowners may not notice|Most homeowners don’t realize|A lot of homeowners do not realize} that {overloaded power strips can|power strips overloaded can|power strips that are overloaded could} cause {damage to their homes|harm to their houses|the destruction of their homes}. {The power strips are used|These power strips are utilized|They are designed} to {compensate for the absence|make up for the lack|compensate for the lack} {of electrical|in electrical|power} outlets. {Many rooms in older homes|A lot of rooms in older homes|In older homes, many rooms} {may|could|might} {be connected to the same circuit|have the power strip connected|connect to the exact circuit}.

A power strip {with a|that has a|that is at} full capacity {can|could|may} {overload the circuit|over-charge the circuit|cause a circuit to overheat}. {Our home has different electrical|The electrical circuits in our home are diverse.|Our house has a variety of electrical} circuits.

Cost of {upgrading|replacing|the upgrade of} an electrical panel

The {material and labor costs|cost of materials and labor|costs for materials and labor} of {a licensed electrician|an electrician licensed|an electrician} who is {qualified to|certified to conduct|licensed to} electrical {work projects can vary|projects may differ|work projects can differ} {depending on many factors,|according to a variety of factors,|dependent on a myriad of factors} {such as|like|for example}:

  • {How much electrical work is|What is the amount of electrical work} {required to upgrade|needed to update|required to modernize} {an electrical panel|the electrical panels|an electric panel}?
  • The {size|dimensions} {of the electrical|that the|of your electrical} panel{ that|} {you will|you’ll} be installing.
  • {Is the panel|Are the panels} electrically wired {to need|so that it needs|in order} {to be moved|for movement|moving}?
  • {What number of|How many|What is the number of} electrical circuits {will be required|are required|will need} to be {installed during|connected during|installed in} the {upgrade|upgrading|renovation} {of an electrical|to an electric|on an electrical} panel?
  • {Is it necessary|Do we need|Does it make sense} to {increase the size of the|expand the size of the|increase the size of} electrical panel boxes{ in order|} to {accommodate the increased|accommodate the increase in|handle the additional} service amp?

The {average cost to replace|cost of replacing|price to replace} an electrical panel {is between|ranges from|is} $1,500 {and $4,000 Average|to $4,000 The average|and $4,000 . The} cost {of replacing|to replace|for replacing} {an electrical panel is $2,500|the electrical panel will be $2,500|one electrical outlet is $2500}{,|} which includes {labor|the cost of labor}. {Relocating an electrical panel can|Moving an electrical panel could|Moving an electrical panel may} cost{ you anywhere| anywhere|} {from $500 to $2,000 more|between $500 and $2,000 more|from $500-$2,000}.

A {lower amperage sub-panel for|sub-panel with lower amperage for|sub-panel of lower amperage to support} electrical wiring {can be installed|is able to be set up|could be put in place} {at a cost of|for} {$500 to $1,000|$500-$1,000}. {An entire 200-amp upgrade to|A complete 200-amp upgrade to|A complete 200-amp upgrade for} electrical service, {including|which includes|that includes} {meter box and electrical panel|the meter box and electrical panel|the electrical panel and meter} box, {can cost between|could cost between|will cost anywhere from} $4,000 {and $8,000 in certain|to $8,000 in some|and $8,000 depending on the} {cases|instances|circumstances}.

{Sometimes, older panels|Sometime, panels that are older|Sometimesolder panel systems} {require|need} {additional|some additional|more} work. This {could|can|may} {include|be}:

  • {Move|Remove|Transfer} the panel {from|out of} {a cabinet or closet|the cabinet or closet|an area in a closet or cabinet} to an area{ that is|} {suitable for electrical panels|appropriate for electric panels|adequate for panels with electrical power}.
  • {Updates to wiring are required|Wiring updates are necessary|The wiring needs to be updated} {if the wiring needs|when wiring has|in the event that wiring needs} to be {expanded to|extended to|expanded in order to} {accommodate|allow for} {relocation|the relocation}.
  • {Upgrades to meters base allow|Modifications to meters base allow|The upgrades to meters base permit} {for the addition|for the installation|the addition} {of an electrical service|to an electric service|the electrical} disconnect{ and/or| or|, or} an increase in {amperage|amps|amp capacity}.

{Comparatively|In comparison|For comparison}{,|} {upgrading an electrical panel to|the upgrade of an electric panel from|changing an existing electrical panel into} a {200-amperage high-end|200-amperage premium|high-end 200-amp} panel {can cost up to|could cost as much as|can cost upwards of} $4,000{, including wage costs|, which includes wage costs| including wages} {and equipment electronic upgrades like|and electronic upgrades to equipment like|as well as electronic upgrades for equipment such as} {electrics, meter bases|meters, electrics|electrical components, meter bases}, AFCI protection, or GFCI protection.

Are {Electrical Panel Upgrades Necessary|electrical panel upgrades necessary?|Electrical Panel Upgrades Required?}

{It can be intimidating|It’s not easy|It’s a bit daunting} {to replace|to change|replacing} {your electrical panel|the electrical panels on your home|an electrical appliance}. {Many will wonder|Many people wonder|A lot of people will ask} {if it’s worth paying for|whether it’s worth the cost of|whether it’s worth it to purchase} {a new panel|an entirely new panel,|an upgrade} {if the old|even if the previous|in the event that the existing} electrical {system one still works|panel still functions|system still functions}.

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{Sometimes, when|When} {an electrical system stops working|an electrical system ceases to function|the electrical system fails to work} {properly, it is too|correctly, it’s too|properly, it’s} {late|to late|far too late}. {People may believe|Some people believe|Many people think} that {an electrician is only|electricians are only|an electrician is} {interested in the|interested in making|looking for} {money if they recommend|cost of|amount of money they earn if they suggest} {replacing their breaker or fuse|changing their fuse or breaker|the replacement of their breaker or fuse} box.

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{Safety|The safety|Security} of our clients{, their families and their| as well as their families and| family members, as well as their} {homes is our primary concern|homes is our top concern|home is our main concern}.

{Although|While|Even though} {replacing an electrical panel may|replacing an electrical panel could|the replacement of an electrical panel can} {be expensive, safety|cost a lot, safety|be costly, security} {should be the top priority|is the most important consideration|must be the first priority}.

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{When homeowners face the difficult|If homeowners are faced with the daunting|If homeowners have to make the difficult} {decision of electrical panel upgrade|choice of upgrading their electrical panel|decision of upgrading their electrical panel}{, they might| They may| it is possible that they} {need to take into account|have to consider|be required to consider} the {time involved|amount of time required|length of time needed}.

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It {takes approximately 6-8|can take between 6 and 8|will take approximately 6-8} hours to replace {or|the panel or|it or} an {electrical panel upgrade|upgrade to the electrical panel|upgrade of the electrical panel} is {needed|required|recommended}.

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{To turn|In order to turn|To switch} {on the power|off the electricity|up the electric power,} and {set|then set} the {meter, the power company|meters, the power company|Meter, the power provider} {will need to inspect|must inspect|will have to check} the {area|location}. {This could add up to|This can add|It could add} one week {to your job|of your work|to the time you work}.

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  • {The number of|Amount of|There are many} circuits {to|that will} be {moved|relocated|changed}.
  • {Coordinating|Coordination|The coordination} {with the electric utility company|in conjunction with electric utilities|between the utility companies} {properly|in a proper manner|correctly} {takes time and is more|requires time and effort|takes time and can be costly}.


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