Electrical Panel and Service
The electrical service is the heart of a house's electrical system. It's where the power comes in and gets distributed. It consists of the service riser that runs up the side of the home to attach to the power company's wiring. The electrical meter to record how much power you have used. The bonding of the metal water pipes and ground rods. Finally, the electrical panel, sometimes called the breaker or fuse panel.
Many homes today still have the same 60 or 100 Amp electrical service that was installed 50+ years ago. With the amount of consumer electronics and appliances that we use today, it is important to have a large enough electrical service to meet our energy needs. In addition to increasing the ampacity of the service, an electrical service upgrade also increases the safety of your home's electrical system.
Upgrading your service to 200 amps or a panel upgrade from Federal Pacific to a new breaker panel will also increase the resale value of your home. An electrical panel upgrade is one of the most commonly cited hazard on a Home Inspector's report, usually due to the panels age or it being the FPE brand.
Some common items that may require a 200 Amp electrical service upgrade:
An upgraded electrical service not only adds value to your home, but peace of mind as well. If you have a fuse box, a Federal Pacific, or a Zinsco panel we suggest you search for yourself and see the possible dangers lingering in your own home. Most breakers in your panel are never called upon to trip, so they appear to be functioning correctly. But the test doesn't come until the day when a short circuit or overload occurs. When this happens, it is better to put your trust into modern equipment.
Included with all Electrical Service Upgrades
Ampacity Electric has been upgrading electrical services and changing out electrical panels in northern NJ for years and would love to help you upgrade your home and make it a safer place.