How old is your electrical panel? If it’s more than 40 years old, it may need to be rejuvenated, replaced, or upgraded. The electrical panel is the distribution center and policeman of your home electrical system, and it requires properly functioning fuses and circuit breakers to keep your home safe. Call Edison Electric, Inc. to have your system inspected, repaired, and replaced. When we send one of our experienced electricians to your home, they will first check the condition and brand of your unit. Every system tells a story and our professionals are experts at inspecting and identifying potential fire hazards and safety defects. When you call our electricians to your Minneapolis, MN home, we provide upfront pricing.
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Common Electrical Panel Repairs
While a damaged electrical panel or fuse box typically needs to be replaced, there are some situations where the unit just needs a tune-up or a repair to make it safe again. Some common repairs our electricians can perform on your system include:
- Replace oversized, unlisted, and broken circuit breakers.
- Separate grounds and neutrals.
- Re-torque loose connections.
- Perform anti-oxidation on aluminum connections.
- Fasten loose panel covers and unused openings.
- Install connectors and bushings to prevent short circuits.
Benefits of Upgrading Your Electrical Service
When you replace your electrical panel, you should also consider upgrading the service. Upgrading your service from 100 amps to 200 amps will give you more power for future items, such as electric ranges, hot tubs, central air, electric water heaters, and other additions to your home. Upgrading your service typically involves replacing the meter socket and installing larger wire and conduit. Doing this not only adds more conveniences, but it also adds value to your home and can even lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums.
Get Electrical Repairs After Storms
High-velocity winds from severe Minnesota storms can wreak havoc on overhead power lines. If your power lines and service mast have come down because of a fallen tree branch, call Edison Electric, Inc. and have our electricians get you up and running again. Our experts will walk you through the steps to ensure your family is safe and your power is back as soon as possible.
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Signs You Need an Electrical Upgrade
Is your home over 40 years old? That can be one sign that your electrical panel needs to be upgraded. Other signs that you need an upgrade can include:
- Your circuit breakers trip frequently.
- Running multiple electrical devices or appliances at once causes poor performance across other devices (i.e., lights dimming when other devices power on).
- You need to use extension cords throughout your home.
If you notice any of these issues, call Edison Electric, Inc. to have our experts determine if you need your electrical panel replaced.