How do upgrades work?
Houses connect to the grid with telephone poles and overhead wires or underground service. When you work with Baker Home Energy for your electrical servicing, our first step is to get approval from the local utility company. They’ll specify which options are available to you based on local and national electric code.
Typically we won’t need to work inside your home to complete the upgrade, which involves disconnecting all wires and breakers from the service panel, removing the metal box, putting in a new box with new breakers, and then reconnecting all the wires.
It’s important to understand how much power is delivered from the grid to your home. We look at this through your main breaker. For example, if you have a 100-amp main breaker, you can draw 100-amps of power for all your appliances. The service panel might be rated for higher, so this isn’t the most accurate rating to follow. Panel ratings are 100, 125, 150, 200, 225, and 400-amps for residential application.
Choosing a size
The size of your electrical panel will depend on your energy needs and availability. For a quick illustration: an AC unit, electric car, and pool need more than 100-amps of electricity coming into the house. If you plan to add a large appliance and you don’t know how much it will impact your energy demand, we’re here to support you.
Give us a call and we’ll help you decide if you need a service panel upgrade too.