Electrical Upgrades in Edmonton | Electrical Panel Upgrade And Breaker Box Replacement
Upgrading or replacing an electrical panel, also known as a breaker box, is an important task to ensure the safety and efficiency of your home’s electrical system according to Edmonton electrician, Ryan Hauer of Hauer Power. Electrical panels distribute electricity throughout your home, and over time, they may become outdated or unable to handle increased electrical demands. Upgrading or replacing the panel can provide additional capacity and improve the overall electrical system’s performance.
Upgrading or replacing an electrical panel is an important task to ensure the safety and efficiency of your home’s electrical system. Electrical panels distribute electricity throughout your home, and over time, they may become outdated or unable to handle increased electrical demands. Upgrading or replacing the panel can provide additional capacity and improve the overall electrical system’s performance.
There are several reasons according to Edmonton electrician, Ryan Hauer why you might need to replace your electrical panel:
Older electrical panels may have a lower capacity than what is required for modern electrical needs. If you are constantly tripping circuit breakers or experiencing power overloads, it may be an indication that your panel is inadequate for your current electrical demands. Upgrading to a higher-capacity panel can provide the necessary power for your home. To be certain, call an Edmonton electrician for an inspection to find out if your home can benefit.
Electrical panels have evolved over the years, and older panels may have outdated technology or components that are no longer considered safe or efficient. For example, some older panels may have fuses instead of circuit breakers, which can be more prone to fire hazards and require more maintenance. Edmonton electrician Hauer Power sees so many outdated panels, that it’s their mission to rid homes of this lurking danger!
Safety is a primary reason to replace an electrical panel. Older panels, particularly those manufactured before the 1980s, may not have the safety features necessary to protect against electrical faults, such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) or arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). These safety devices are now commonly required in modern electrical panels to minimize the risk of electrical shock or fire.
The Canadian electrical code actually changes over time for safest practices. If you are renovating your home or if your current panel does not meet the latest CEC, you may need upgrading to comply. This is especially important if you plan to sell your home, as it may be a requirement during inspections.
Home additions or remodeling
If you are adding rooms or appliances to your home or remodeling, you may need to upgrade your electrical panel to accommodate the increased electrical load. Getting your Edmonton electrician to add more circuits and higher capacity panel will ensure your electrical system can handle the new demands.
Ryan Hauer, your Edmonton electrician advises that in some cases, insurance companies require homeowners to upgrade electrical panels to reduce the risk of electrical fires or other hazards. Failure to comply may result in higher insurance premiums or difficulty obtaining coverage.
Upgrading Your Electrical Panel
If you need to upgrade your electrical panel or breaker box we will first assess your needs. Many homeowners are unaware they need to upgrade their panel or breaker box. Only after Edmonton electrician comes in for an electrical job, and makes this discovery. Common reasons include homeowners wanting more outlets, therefore the electrician will need to add new circuits. They may need to accommodate increased electrical loads, improving safety, or meeting local code requirements, or their system fails. Hauer Power will always consult with you what they find and what their recommendations are.
Upgrading or replacing an electrical panel is not a DIY task. It requires the expertise of a licensed electrician who can ensure proper installation, compliance with local codes, and overall safety. The experts at Hauer Power in Edmonton are knowledgeable electricians with experience in panel upgrades.
Evaluate your Current Panel
Our experts will assess your current electrical panel to determine its condition, capacity, and if it meets basic requirements. Older panels, like ones with fuse boxes or outdated circuit breakers, often need replacement for safety reasons. If you do need an upgrade, we will discuss everything for the new electrical panel based on your needs. Including future plans, panel size, number of circuits, amperage rating and any additional features required, such as surge protection or ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
Get Permits And Plan For Power Interruption
Most electrical work in Edmonton and surrounding areas require permits before an electrical panel upgrade or replacement. We will take care of any permit application process and ensure compliance with local regulations. After that, we will arrange for the power interruption, coordinating with your utility companies, if necessary. We will work with you to ensure it is the most convenient time to minimize disruption with your daily life.
Your Edmonton electrician will disconnect the power, remove the existing panel, and install the new one. Carefully connecting the circuits, ensure proper grounding, and verify that everything meets safety standards. The installation may also involve updating wiring, if necessary.
Inspection and Certification
After the installation, the Hauer Power will arrange for an inspection by the Edmonton or surrounding area authorities. They will inspect the new panel and verify it is up to code. Once approved, you will receive a certification or permit signifying the successful completion of the upgrade. This is especially important for renting out your space or reselling it in the future.
Electrical panel upgrades are crucial for maintaining a safe and reliable electrical system in your home. Always consult with an expert, like the experts at Hauer Power who can provide great advice and carry out the upgrade or replacement according to the specific requirements of your home and Edmonton and surrounding area regulations.
No matter what, our experts will be able to assess your specific needs and determine whether replacement is necessary, under no circumstances should you try your own electrical work. Ryan and his team consider factors such as your home’s electrical load, safety requirements, and local codes to provide the best solution for your electrical system. Contact Hauer Power for a quote today!