SERVICE UPGRADES

Service Upgrades

ELECTRICAL SERVICE UPGRADES BY BRETCO

If you have overloaded circuits, that is not a reason to upgrade your service. Installing a new service to eliminate this problem will most likely end in disappointment. Overloaded circuits that blow fuses or trip circuit breakers are typically an indication that there is a problem with the branch circuit and not the service.

In most cases, the service should be upgraded to 200 amps. The cost difference between a 150-amp and 200-amp service is minimal, and in this day in age, when we have so many demanding electrical appliances, it makes good sense. There are cases where a larger service is required as well.

When Bretco performs an upgrade, we will run a new ground wire to the water main and another to a new ground rod installed outside.

COMMON ELECTRICAL SERVICE UPGRADES

  • Adding Central Air Conditioning
  • Addition an Extension
  • Adding a Pool or Spa
  • Updating an Old Fuse Panel
  • Adding Room Air Conditioners
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SERVICE UPGRADE
Expect your power to be out for about 6 hours on the day the job is done, or longer if it is more involved. You may experience circuit breakers tripping. The reason for this is that on some old services, especially fuses, the circuits were over protected by the previous owner to eliminate blowing circuits. Electrical service upgrades have helped some customers by lowering their energy bills, most likely after another factor affecting energy use was repaired.

When we do the service upgrade, we install the proper circuit breakers according to the wire size. If this occurs, you may need to have some new circuits installed to alleviate this problem.

Bretco has completed hundreds of service upgrades in the Winston-Salem area. A service upgrade can be expensive but necessary to bring your addition up to code. Overloading a small panel with add-on circuit boxes can be dangerous. If this applies to your service panel, give Bretco a call and make sure your smoke detector is in working order.
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