The electrical service panel is a vital part of the safety and convenience that makes your house a home. Its role is to serve as the main hub of distribution of electrical flow to all areas in your Superior, CO home. The service panel houses electrical circuit breaker switches, which regulate electrical flow to the different circuits in your home, such as lighting or electrical outlets for various rooms or floors, or power for an AC system.
If circumstances indicate that it makes sense to take a closer look at replacing or upgrading your electrical panel, you can rely on Save Home Heat Company to provide reliable, knowledgeable, customer-focused service and quality products. Our commitment to serving the needs of Superior homeowners is over four decades long, and you can count on our team to work hard to earn your complete satisfaction with our work.
Learning About Your Home’s for Electrical Panel
Electrical service panels go by a number of different names, but they all mean the same thing. Whether you call it an electrical service panel, circuit breaker box, breaker box, electrical panel, or main service panel, it’s all the same thing. Usually, the electrical service panel is a grey, rectangular, metal box with a hinged access door covering much of the front face. The service panel can often be found mounted on a wall in the garage, the basement, or even in a closet. It may be located in a weatherproof enclosure on an exterior wall of the house.
On the panel, you’ll normally see two vertical rows of electrical circuit breaker switches (or fuses, if it’s a very old panel), either 120 volt or 240 volt breakers. You can tell them apart by how many slots they occupy; 120 volt breakers take up one slot, while 240 volt breakers take up two. In home applications, 120 volt breaker switches are more prevalent, while 240 volt breakers are used for higher-draw needs such as an AC system, a well pump, hot tub, or certain models of convection ovens or lighting systems.
Electrical Panel Replacement & Upgrade Considerations
As a busy Superior homeowner, it’s unlikely that you’re well-versed in National Electrical Code (NEC) or very in tune with the condition of your electrical panel or circuit breakers – that is, until there’s a problem or a new need. If all signs point toward considering and upgrade of your service panel and/or breakers, there’s a couple of things to keep in mind as you begin the process and start learning more. First is that age can be a factor, but it doesn’t have to be the overriding consideration. For example, we see many home electrical service panels functioning fine even at 25 years old. On the other hand, there’s no denying that with regular use, electrical connections can start to loosen up or deteriorate, over time. This underscores the importance of having a good picture of the condition of your existing panel and breakers, along with what code changes, if any, may have occurred since they were installed.
In addition, the electrical needs of a home may change as occupancy changes and/or additional major appliances and other devices are added to the system. And then there’s things like finishing a basement or adding on to a home, and the additional electrical load that comes with those projects. While it’s not a given that these sorts of updates will create an electrical load for the home that exceeds the service panel’s capabilities, it’s important to know what your case is, or what your new electrical needs will be when all the work is done. The professional advice and recommendations of a trusted electrician will help you avoid any pitfalls and help ensure full performance of your electrical system – and most importantly, help ensure your safety. For Superior homeowners, Save Home Heat Company checks all the boxes.
Reasons for considering electrical panel replacement in your home may include:
- Existing electrical panel cannot safely support the current or planned increase of electrical load on the home
- A desire to bring the existing electrical panel in line with current NEC safety code requirements
- Internal wiring is showing signs of deterioration
- Multiple circuit breakers frequently tripping for no good reason
- Flickering or dimming lights on multiple electrical circuits
- Service panel is warm or hot to the touch and the cause does not appear to be a specific breaker
- Rust or burn marks, or unusual smells inside the electrical panel
- Buzzing sounds coming from the panel, consistent or occasional
- Strong recommendation from a licensed, professional electrician, due to the age and condition of the panel
- Specific safety concerns with the panel have been identified!
When discussing electrical service supply upgrade options, keep in mind that a complete replacement may not be your only or even your best solution. For example, there are cases where the installation of an electrical subpanel (aka. satellite breaker box) may be the most appropriate, not to mention cost-effective, solution. If a breaker panel still has adequate capacity and it’s in good condition, a subpanel may be the right solution for expanding space for additional circuit breakers. Or, if it’s desirable for the new breakers to be located in a different area, such as an addition or a detached studio, the satellite subpanel option might be the very best course of action. The first step, of course, is a closer look and professional assessment from your trusted electrician. For Superior homeowners, we hope that call will be to our team at Save Home Heat Company.
Safety is Our Primary Concern
The safe, reliable operation of your electrical service panel is essential to making sure electricity is flowing properly and safely in your home. If it’s been a long time since your panel was examined by a licensed electrician, or if you have concerns about it – or if you simply want to learn more about how it works and its current condition – you can rely on our expert electrical team at Save Home Heat to provide the information you need and fully answer all your questions in a patient, friendly, stress-free manner. Empowering our customers to make informed decisions, without any hype or sales pitch, is deeply ingrained in our company DNA. Serving the Superior community for over 40 years, our commitment to honest, open communication, and high quality service and results, is stronger than ever. Our focus remains squarely on the safety and best interests of our customers.
Expert Electrical Panel Replacement in Superior
Our message is simple: For service that’s dedicated to earning your complete satisfaction with our work, using only quality parts, devices, and components, you can trust our team at Save Home Heat Company to make sure your electrical panel replacement is performed to the highest standards, and to fully support you before, during, and long after our work is done. We promise to do our very best to exceed your expectations and work hard to earn your trust and your future business, every time you give us the opportunity to work in your home.
To learn more, schedule electrical service, or to obtain a low-pressure electrical panel replacement quote, please contact our friendly, helpful team today.
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