Does Your Electrical Panel Need Upgrading
|By Dave Rongey - Summary:
How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel to Ensure a Safer Electrical System: Upgraded Electrical Panels Provide Circuit Breaker Protection. Make plans to upgrade your main electrical service panel so that you can have a newer electrical panel that has a main circuit breaker.
Upgrading an Electrical Panel
- The electric companies main outside box is locked. What can I do?
- I would now also like to add a main breaker to my inside box for the future.
This electrical panel question came from: Collin, a Homeowner from Grand Rapids , Michigan.
Additional Comments: This site is so much better than the 3 books I bought. I wish I came here first.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Collin.
How to Upgrade an Electrical Panel to Ensure a Safer Electrical System
Application: Upgrading an Electrical Panel.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the electric panel upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the exact type of the existing panel or fuse box, the replacement panel to be installed, the original wiring methods that were used for installing the existing wiring, and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor and typically requires specifications in accordance with the local utility company or electric service provider.
Notice: Making changes to the Home Electrical Service Panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Upgraded Electrical Panels Provide Circuit Breaker Protection
- Collin, call the electrical utility company and ask them if they can turn the power off before you install the circuit and breaker.
- Make plans to upgrade your main electrical service panel so that you can have a newer electrical panel that has a main circuit breaker.
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