When homes were built in the 1940’s and 50’s the power demands of the average consumer were minimal in comparison to the digital world of today. Most homes were originally wired with 60 or 100 amp service.
When you use or power your devices, you are increasing the load, or the amount of energy that travels through the wire. Extension cords, power strips, and high power appliances can effect the impedance of the circuit. Old electrical wiring is inept at carrying these loads, and taxing circuits could eventually lead to voltage drops that damage your expensive digital devices, or even worse cause an electrical fire.
It is important to consider this type of investment, in comparison to others, because your family’s safety could depend on it.
What type of service do I currently have?
- 60 amp (If it is smaller in size and has powder or bulb fuses it is probably a 60 amp panel)
- 100 amp (If it is a normal panel with less dedicated breakers and circuits it is most likely a 100 amp panel)
- 200 amp (Most 200 amp panels are typically longer than the others, with more breakers, and a wider modern conduit connection)
Advantages of a Service Upgrade are:
- Increased safety for the people, devices and appliances in your home.
- Increases the value of your home and ability to upgrade electrical circuits.
- Piece of mind knowing that you have enough energy and you are not taxing your electrical system.