Typically, we will first remove the old electrical panel from your home. A new panel is installed in its place and all of the electrical circuits are transferred to the new panel. New circuit breakers are installed as well. Then new copper wire is routed up through the riser on your roof which will also be replaced. Then we come to your house to attach larger wires which will bring more power into your home. It is very common for homeowners to also add additional circuits to their home at this time in order to better distribute the electrical power throughout the home.
We will shut off your power in the morning and in most cases it will be restored by mid to late afternoon.
We can usually complete your electrical service upgrade in a single day. If you are having additional work done such as adding more circuits or changing plugs and switches, it may take more than one day, but you will not be without power overnight.
Not necessarily. The wires that run throughout your walls all originate at your electrical panel. If your wiring is still in poor condition or you do not have enough circuits in your home you will still experience problems like tripping circuits. Even if you upgrade your service and add new circuits to some parts of your home, if you plug in a space heater on an old circuit, it will still cause the breaker to trip.
Common warning signs that your electric service is overloaded are brownouts, or lights dimming when you turn something on. If you know your electric service is underpowered and you don't trip circuits, that can also be a cause for concern.
There are a number of reasons to consider upgrading your electrical service. The first and most important is that if your home is older than 25 years, your electric panel may be obsolete.