200 Amp Electrical Panel Upgrade 928.203.6503 Prescott Valley Arizona
If your home is older or the electrical system is outdated, it may be time for an electrical panel upgrade. Many older homes were built with only 50 to 60 amps of electrical service and few circuits. Modern electronic equipment can quickly overload an older system and cause problems for your home. An electrical panel upgrade will allow you to use appliances safely and will protect expensive electronic equipment, such as flat screen TVs, laptop computers and kitchen gadgets.
Outlets near water sources – such as sinks, tubs, dishwashers and clothes washer lines – are do not have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) in them. These outlets stop the electricity if an appliance comes into contact with water, preventing electrocution.
NORMALLY WHEN A PANEL CHANGE IS DONE THE LIFE OF THE SERVICE EQUIPMENT IS 25 YEARS PLUS . ANY ONE CHANGING THE PANEL AND LEAVING THE OTHER EQUIPMENT WHICH IS OUTSIDE AND EXPOSED TO THE WEATHERPROOF IS DOING LESS THAN 1/2 THE REQUIRED JOB.(SERVICE CAP, WIRE,,METER EQUIPMENT,GROUNDING SYSTEM NEW BREAKERS,PERMITS, AND ETC. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS AND SOME TIME THIS CAN APPLY,BUT RARELY.REMEMBER YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR SOME TIMES
this is not true no major electric company will do this job for that price their minimum is like 3,000 since its at least a man job. The cheapest we do them for as a small business is for about 1,300 including material and that price depends if the wiring in the panel is long enough that it would be able to be connected in the new panel
Old main panels have limitations on available space to add circuits or they have fuses (some insurance carriers will not insure a property that has fuses). Some old panels have had circuits added and have maxed out (most old panels are maxed out when the original construction was completed). Many old panels are of inferior quality and simply stop working and need to be replaced.
an average panel change out 200 amp should be between $1,800.00 and $2,200.00 , copper wires to meter can will be at extra cost ,,,200 amp meter/combo change out ,$1,600.00 grding to code , add $350 for permit or home owner pays fees
Purchase of a new panel – this is an issue that is best done after reviewing the home’s needs with the electrician, since the panels are available in many sizes, as indoor or outdoor units, combinable with the meter 1, and with a range of available circuit spaces;
An electric service upgrade is often recommended or required to increase the capacity of the existing electrical service. With all the new appliances and technical devices we now have in our homes, we find that older homes just don’t have sufficient power available to handle the increased demand. Therefore, a “service change” is required. This may include not only upgrading your electric panel, but upgrading your meter socket, the wire between the meter and panel, the wire between the utility and the meter and the grounding system as well. A panel upgrade or replacement is usually required to alleviate a problem with the existing panel. Sometimes a breaker might overheat to the point that the buss bar in a panel gets burned. The conductors between the meter and panel may become loose and burn out the main lugs, especially common when aluminum conductors were used. Other common reasons to change out an existing panel are due to obsolescence and outdated technology. Split-buss panels, cheap builder-grade panels, panels contaminated by water, paint and corrosive environments are often candidates for replacement. Panels long ago manufactured by Zinsco and FPE have many issues and are considered a hazard by many in the industry.
Unfortunately, as homes get older the electrical panel could have a hard time keeping up with the increased electrical demands on the system. Our appliances, televisions, computers, HVAC systems, lights and other electrical gadgets are more energy efficient, so electricity hogging is not the issue. The problem is that we have so many more gadgets in our homes than ever before that all need electricity at the same time. If your home is more than 10 years old, it may not be able to keep up with the electrical demand. How do you know for sure,
When you add large load to your panel e.g. a new central air unit. Often panel upgrades are needed when you decide to remodel your kitchen or add rooms to your house. Don’t assume your home automatically provides the additional power you need.
Older homes often run low-amperage boxes because they didnt have central air, modern appliances, or todays electronics in mind. Many homes with 60- to 100-amp units run close to maximum capacity. An increase to 150- or 200-amp service gives you room to grow. Homes with additions or large garages and hefty electrical equipment may need added amperage to support the extra power draw.
Pushmatic breakers are very unreliable. The indicator flag is supposed to show whether the circuit is on or off. Many times this on/off flag will stay fixed in either position, giving homeowner a false indication of the condition of the circuit. If the circuit breaker is not not used (exercised) and serviced regularly they become stiff and difficult to operate or reset.They may trip easily for no apparent reason. Sometimes they “stick” and won’t break the circuit.This can possibly cause a short circuit or overload, which can lead to a fire. Also pushmatic breakers only have thermal trip mechanism. All modern breaker also have magnetic trip mechanism in addition to the thermal one. Many pushamatic panels don’t have a main breaker which is another safety issue.
As a 1957 172 owner, also in Ohio, please leave the shotgun panel alone. They look great as-is. I don’t know what your goal is, but there is plenty of room down with the push-pull buttons to install whatever you need.
If you feel comfortable working with electrical systems, it’s possible to replace your electrical panel as a DIY project, especially because no specialized tools are needed for the panel replacement itself. However, there’s a number of skills that you need in order to complete this project safely and within a reasonable timeframe. Failure to properly connect the panel, for example, will cut off power to certain areas of your home. Furthermore, failure to properly ground and insulate wires and connections poses a fire hazard that may compromise the value of this upgrade. Also, note that for an experienced professional, this project takes an average of 10 hours. Make sure you have enough time budgeted to complete the project and also have provisions in place for the lack of power in your home during the entire process.
Prices fluctuate depending on site conditions. An electrician may need to do extra work when existing wiring and conduits, copper grounding, split circuits, new sub panels, or access to the exterior source need repair. A quote from a professional should include any of these extra tasks, as well as disposal of old equipment.
Create schematic of functions of all switches (this can be very time consuming in older buildings or those using sub panels, but is also extremely helpful in knowing which circuits to deactivate when working on electrical systems at a later date).
FPE panels are still in many homes throughout the USA built between 1950s and 1980s. FPE was involved in a class action lawsuit in New Jersey and the state court ruled that FPE knowingly distributed circuit breakers that were not tested to meet UL standards.These panels are unsafe and according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission should be considered safety defect and be replaced. Read more about FPE Stab-Lok Panels here.
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Circuit breaker panels have a life span of 25-40 years. If yours is older than that; if it’s in poor condition; or if it’s old and has only a few circuits, and your breakers DO NOT trip … those can be danger signs as well.
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The professional’s electricians at Expert Electric only use the highest quality panels (load centers) manufactured by Federal, Square D or Cutler Hammer for your panel change out or upgrade. Every panel that we install has a 1year warranty on the equipment. but typically these panels should last up to 30-40 years without any problems. The bottom line is we make sure the heart of your electrical system, the electrical panel, will be trouble free for years and years to come.