Upgrading a Home Electrical Service Panel
How to Upgrade a Home Electrical Service – Planning for a successful home service panel upgrade.
Considerations When Upgrading Home Electrical Panels
Electrical Question: I want to upgrade from a 120 volt electrical service coming in my house to a 240 volt electrical service.
How could I do this?
This electrical wiring question came from: Cory, a Homeowner from NEW WINDSOR, New York.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Cory.
How to Upgrade a Home Electrical Service
Skill Level: Advanced – Licensed Electrical Contractor. Best performed by a Licensed Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the specific service upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type of panel and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to the Electrical Service Panel should be done with a permit and be inspected.
Upgrading a home electrical service is always a good idea, but it is a project that takes a lot of consideration and planning. The whole project would take a few pages to explain and I will produce a series about this in the near future, but here are a few thoughts for planning for a successful home service panel upgrade before the project begins.
Considerations when Upgrading a Home Electrical Service Panel
- How large is the home.
- List the existing electrical circuits.
- List the proposed electrical circuits or devices that you wish to add.
- Consider upgrading the kitchen circuits with at least 2 20 amp GFCI circuits, plus any additional circuits for major electrical devices and equipment.
- Consider upgrading the bathroom circuit to a dedicated 20 amp GFCI.
- Consider adding smoke detectors.
These are just a few items that should be considered because they will help determine the amperage size of the electrical service panel which is typically between 100 to 200 amps, 120/240 volts.
Be sure to contact your local building department to see what there specific electrical requirements are for your specific area.
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