The electrical service panel and the circuit breakers it houses play an essential part in the safety and convenience that makes your house a home. It works as the primary point of distribution for electrical flow to all rooms and levels, as well as the dedicated electrical needs of several major appliances in your home. If circumstances indicate that you consider an electrical panel replacement or upgrade, Save Home Heat Company offers high levels of reliability and professionalism, and quality work with exceptional results to homeowners in Northglenn, CO and surrounding communities. Your safety and your best interests are top priority for our electrical team.
Preparing Your Home for Electrical Panel Upgrades
Your electrical service panel goes by different names, including circuit breaker box, breaker box, electrical panel, and service panel. But no matter what it’s called, the most important thing is that it refers to the central distribution point for all of the electricity in your home. The electrical service panel is typically a grey, rectangular, metal box that is mounted on a wall somewhere in your home. It has a large hinged door in the front of it. You’ll likely find the service panel mounted on a wall in the basement, garage, or inside a closet. Sometimes, they are installed in a weatherproof box on an outside wall of the home.
The interior of your electrical service panel will normally show two rows of electrical circuit breaker switches (or fuses, if it’s a very old panel). The circuit breakers which take up one slot are for 120 volt electrical circuits, and those that occupy two slots are 240 volt breakers. 120 volt circuits are very common in residential applications, regulating electricity to everything from household lighting and electrical outlets to many other appliance uses. 240 volt breakers are usually employed on dedicated circuits to high-draw appliances that may include anything from a hot tub, to an AC system, a well pump, certain models of convection ovens, and more. On the inside of the electrical panel’s door you should find a list of written list of each of the breaker switches, and which parts or appliances in the home they control. Very helpful information to start becoming more familiar with!
Considerations for Electrical Panel Replacement in Northglenn
It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to be unfamiliar with the condition of their electrical panel or breakers, and are happy to simply know its location. When it comes to determining if the panel should be replaced, upgraded, or is just fine for your needs, you need the assistance of a trusted, reputable professional. At Save Home Heat Company, our electrical team checks all the boxes. We are very familiar with the variety of existing service panels, available replacements and upgrade options, and most importantly, how to determine if a panel should be replaced or if another solution is the best course of action.
While there are rarely 100% acceptable rules of thumb, there are a few things to keep in mind when discussing possible panel replacement. One of them is age. While there are plenty of service panels over 20 years old still going strong, it cannot be ignored that age and regular use may have a tendency to start loosening up or slowly deteriorate connections inside panels or breakers. We never think of it until funny things start happening that all point to the service panel, but at some point an upgrade may be a good idea. Your trusted electricians at Save Home Heat can assist you with a detailed, professional, honest assessment of your panel and breakers.
Another factor that often comes into play when discussing electrical service panel replacement is the electrical load on the home. Have many major appliances been added since the home was built? Think AC system or hot tub, for instance. Are there many more occupants in the home, or are you considering a basement finish or an addition to the home in the near future? When the answers to these questions all point to higher electrical consumption, make sure a licensed electrician is being consulted along the way, or make that call soon. For Northglenn homeowners, Save Home Heat Company provides the service, knowledge, and expertise that you need, from a top-rated company that is squarely focused on your safety and best interests.
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!
As you’re learning more and discussing your options, be aware that complete panel replacement is not always the best solution. For example, in a number of cases, the installation of a subpanel, also known as a satellite breaker box, may be more appropriate. If the existing panel still has the capacity and is in good condition, a subpanel can add space for more breakers, and even be located in a different area in the home, if that location provides benefits worth considering. The takeaway: A new electrical service panel is not always needed, or may not be the most cost-effective option, when significantly expanding your electrical circuits. Take the time to learn about your options and ask plenty of questions. Our team at Save Home Heat is glad to take the time to help you make informed decisions every step of the way, all in a low-pressure, informative manner. No sales hype or agenda. Ever!
Safety is our Highest Priority
It’s essential to your safety to have a fully functional, consistently operating electrical service panel and circuit breakers directing electrical flow in your home. If there is any question about electrical performance of your system, the impact of upgrades you’ve made, new appliances, or plans you have for the near future to increase your electrical needs, play it safe and speak with a knowledgeable, experienced, trusted electrical team. Northglenn can count on Save Home Heat Company checking all the boxes. Full, strict adherence to National Electrical Code (NEC) and all manufacturer requirements is ingrained in our company DNA every step of the way. Your safety is our top priority!
Top Electrical Panel Upgrades for Northglenn Homeowners
Save Home Heat Company is a trusted source for electrical panel replacements and upgrades, and other electrical services for Northglenn homeowners. Our commitment to serving our customers and community spans four decades, and you can trust that we will work hard to earn your complete satisfaction with our work.
To learn more, schedule electrical service, or to obtain a low-pressure electrical panel replacement quote, please reach out to our friendly, knowledgeable team today.
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