Replacing or Upgrading Your Electrical Panel
Consider your electrical system to be the heart of your home. In humans, when the heart stops working, the body shuts down. The same is true with a faulty electrical system. When it’s not working properly, nothing electrical will function in your home. And worse yet, it can cause a fire.
Do I need to replace, upgrade or repair my electrical panel?
Do your lights flicker or randomly dim and then light back up?
Do your lights dim when a hair dryer or microwave is turned on?
Do you hear buzzing or crackling sounds from your light bulbs or outlets?
Do your fuses keep blowing and your circuit breaker keeps tripping?
Do you have an older home with a Federal Pacific Electric Panel or a Zinsco Panel?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, contact us. You may need an electrical panel upgrade. This is not a do it yourself project.
How much will it cost to upgrade my electrical panel?
Estimates vary depending on what the electrical contractor is willing to do. At Enhanced Electrical Services, our estimate includes:
Acquiring a permit
Removing all existing equipment
Installation of new equipment such as entrance cables and circuit breakers
Full clean-up of area
Post installation inspection
In the local Reno, NV and Sparks, NV area, homeowners usually can expect to spend between $850 and $1,500. The service is labor intensive as most boxes take 8-10 hours to install properly. Upgrading during a current renovation is ideal.
Why do an electrical panel upgrade?
Safety and efficiency are two big reasons our customers request an electrical panel upgrade. An air conditioner today uses more power than an entire home used 30 years ago. Modern technology requires power and more of it. Older homes were typically built with 100 amps while newer homes today have at least 200 amps.
Amps refers to the electrical power an electrical panel can handle. Big screen TVs, surround sound systems, computers, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators and an increase in high-tech gadgets can overwhelm your electrical system and be dangerous
If you choose to put your home on the market, it may not pass inspection and you’ll need to upgrade anyway. Why wait and put the safety of you, your family and your home at risk in the meantime?
The “Go To” Guys
This is going to be my “go to” guys. Today they finished a job at our main house to install an electric car wall charger, ran conduit and wiring from our breaker box and put in the charger breakers for a high amperage 240 Volt circuit. Fabulous job, neat installation, fast, nice cleanup, and courteous guys. The pricing was what I expected and reasonable. They did not ask me to do this review. I just thought it was needed for a great team.
I’ve been an electronics design engineer for my career, so when it comes to electrical things, I do a lot more homework in terms of checking reviews, references, licenses, etc. And I know enough about electrical wiring to say that its best to leave things like this to smart professional, licensed people who know what they are doing, and not do it myself. Thus, Jim and his team are exactly what I needed.
I called them only a few days ago and he came out to review the task and quote the job. In less than a week, the job is now done perfectly. And even passes the very critical review of my domestic building inspector…… the wife !
Actually, this is 2 reviews because Enhanced Electrical Services went to my friends house to perform a similar job and it also turned out great. The owner is very happy. He and I will certainly be calling them back in the future to do other jobs.
So thanks to Jim for his great advice, and to the two installers (both named Joe). Let’s not forget Brittany in the office whom responds quickly and gets messages to the right people.