you are contemplating a major remodeling project, the addition of a room or
garage, or a new kitchen you should consider upgrading your electrical service
in your Massachusetts home.
Thirty years ago, the average new Massachusetts home was equipped with a 60 amp
electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The
common distribution was a fuse block for the stove and one for the hot water
tank. The balance of the homes electrical needs were served by six, 15amp
Twenty years ago the average new home was equipped with a 100 amp electrical
service and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers. Now
the average home is equipped with a 200 amp electrical service with a
distribution panel handling up to 40, 15amp circuit breakers serving the
electrical needs of the home.
Americans are electrical power hungry. Today our air conditioning systems take
more power than an entire home did 30 years ago. A kitchen, in a new home, will
usually be equipped with a number of receptacles capable of supplying more than
60 amps just to counter top appliances. Adding receptacles does not increase the
available power if they are looped from other receptacles. To get more power to
a location the circuit should run directly from the distribution panel.
There are two tell tale signs that your panel is overloaded.
First, visually look at the panel. Are the entire breaker spaces filled up?
There should be some spots for extra breakers. You never want to have a panel
that has all the breaker spaces taken. That would be like driving your car with
the accelerator all the way down. (Peddle to the metal). Sure, you’re going to
get there, but what will that do to the engine? It will eventually quit on you.
Second, are the lights dimming when you turn on an appliance,
such as a vacuum or hair dryer? This means you are maxing out your system. This
also causes surges which will destroy sensitive electronics, computers, TV’s,
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or just
generally have a concern about the condition of your electrical panel, call
Electrical Service Pros, Inc., and have a qualified electrician
inspect your panel.
If you are looking for a professional electrician, please call us today at 877-240-VOLT or complete our online request form.
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