Electrical Upgrades For Your Home are Perfect for Summer Projects
Upgrade or Add Lighting Fixtures
If you’re looking for a simple way to upgrade your living space this summer replacing or adding new light fixtures is a great way to start. has been updating existing homes as well as new construction homes with new light fixtures such as chandeliers, pendant light, wall sconce, track lighting, and more. Our experienced electricians will ensure a timely and proficient and convenient installation.
Upgrade or Replace Electrical Outlets
For some living in older homes that were built 30 or more years ago, it might be time to consider upgrading the electrical wiring. Updating original electrical outlets that may be outdated for more modern appliances with increased electrical use is important to keep in mind considering we are using more electrical devices than ever. Upgrading outlets that may not be up to par or as energy-efficient as they could be can be an important step to keeping your home safe.
What are some signs your electrical outlets need to be upgraded or replaced?
The faceplate is broken, chipped, or cracked
The slots have loosened
The plastic of your outlet cover feels warm to the touch – Discontinue use immediately
The outlet produces electrical shocks – Discontinue use immediately
The outlet has gone dead
Consider GFI or GFCI Outlets
GFCI’s (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) are meant to protect you from electrical shock.They are typically installed in high traffic areas near kitchen and bathroom sinks. GFCI’s also detect unusual spikes in energy and almost instantly shut off the electricity to prevent you from getting shocked. If you have an older home there are several code requirements. Our certified electricians can help make sure you are up to code and living in a safe environment.
Upgrade or Replace Your Electrical Panel
If you are experiencing any of the following it might be time to replace your electrical panel:
Lights flicker on and off
Fuses blow frequently
Not enough electrical outlets
Outlets don’t support large appliances such as hot tubs
Lack of GFI grounded outlets
No empty spaces in the electrical panel for new appliances
Crackling noise in the panel box
handle all types of electrical upgrades, including ones that are critical and those that will save you money.
If there is one important tip that every homeowner should follow, it is to continually make upgrades to your home to preserve its value, make it more enjoyable, and prevent problems
Some electrical upgrades are critical if you want your home to be safe and in accordance with modern-day electrical building codes. For example, upgrading from a fuse box system to a circuit breaker panel system is a wise investment. This project also goes hand-in-hand with upgrading the home wiring, as it is likely not of a quality to hold up to today’s power demands.
Other electrical upgrades are designed to save you money, such as LED lighting upgrades and installing surge protection to keep your appliances and electronics safe. We can also make upgrades to provide sufficient power for home offices, media rooms, specialty appliances that require a dedicated circuit, and wiring so that ceiling fans can be installed.
If you would like to discuss electrical upgrades for your home, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. As fully insured and licensed electrical contractors, we are confident that you’ll be completely satisfied with the level of quality we offer. In addition, we back our workmanship with a lifetime labor warranty. Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment for electrical upgrades that you have in mind.
Electrical Panel Wiring
Our electrical panel wiring ensures safety for the whole property. Electricity is something that we use so often and so regularly that we sometimes forget how much we rely
Some electrical installations, though basically sound, may be in need of some upgrading. For example, a change in regulations could mean a circuit should have RCD protection, or additional circuits or socket outlets may be required.
Common types of upgrade work include the fitting of new consumer units, installing additional switches and socket oulets and outside lighting.
Each stage of any upgrade work will be carefully explained and before we start we will provide a fixed cost quotation. When works are complete, if required, we will register the work carried out to your electrical installation with Buildings Regulations. We will explain and demonstrate how to use any new equipment and issue you with a completion test certificate.
Full Installation Tests
Periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations and the issue of Electrical Condition Reports are recommended for all domestic properties. In particular if properties are rented out or used by the public, testing is strongly recommended to comply with the law.
Full and Part Electrical Rewires
Full rewires can be quite disruptive and they are usually best undertaken as part of a major refurbishment or redecorating project. However, with careful organisation and communication they can be completed whilst properties are occupied and in use.
Home Electrical Upgrades
It goes without saying that every home needs electricity. What isn’t always recognized is that many older homes’ electrical systems are either outdated, overloaded or underfed. An electrical upgrade can ensure your system is running smoothly without any threat of electrical hazard, while keeping up with increasing power demands from modern electronics. The picture to the right shows an old, outdated panel.
Does Your Electrical System Need Upgraded?
Its not very often that we think of our electrical box. Most of us don’t even really know what it does. Does it need service? Maintenance? Oil Change? (Just Kidding about about that one.) But Seriously, is the electric system in your home sufficient and in good working order?
Here are just a few things you should consider, ask yourself:
Do you still have a fuse box?
Are there several electrical boxes all connected together that make no sense?
Is your electrical box labeled?
Do you have the dangerous/fire-prone “Federal Pacific” panel that needs to be replaced ASAP?
Does your older home still have only 60amps of power?
Is your electrical system properly grounded?
Is your outside meter service (this feeds your inside panel) in good shape?
Do your lights ever dim or flicker?
Would your electrical system pass a home inspection if you decided to sell?
WANT A STEP ABOVE THE STANDARD? SOME ELECTRIC SERVICE UPGRADE EXAMPLES WOULD BE:
Service Panel Upgrade
Under and Over Cabinet Lighting
LED Recessed Lighting
Chandelier/Large Fixture Installation
Safety & Efficiency
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE EASIER OR JUST FEEL LESS CLUTTERED WITH CORDS?
Let us help make your life easier with some convenience options you may not be thinking about!
Hidden Vanity Outlets
Flat Screen TV Installation
Fan Speed Controls
DO I NEED TO UPGRADE MY FUSE PANEL TO CIRCUIT BREAKERS?
When they first began wiring homes in the early 1900s, all electrical panels contained screw and cartridge type fuses. Breaker panels became the norm in the 60s.
Electrical panel boxes look the same, whether they use fuses or circuit breakers. A fuse panel in and of itself is just as safe as a breaker panel. There are two main problems with fuse panels though
The number of circuits: When fuse panels were prevalent homes did not have the modern conveniences of today. There were no microwaves, dishwashers, etc… These appliances require new circuits and more electricity to run. One major problem we see with fuse panels is that circuits are added where there is no safe room to add them. This results in multiple wires under one screw terminal (against code and unsafe), and/or over-fusing (see below). Fuse panels commonly had 8-12 spaces for circuits. Modern circuit breaker panels commonly have up to 42 spaces for different circuits!