Service Panel Upgrades in Northern Virginia
In the last few decades, home electrical demands have skyrocketed, with an ever-expanding collection of appliances, tools, and electronics being added to home electrical systems that were scarcely designed to carry the load. Not only can these overloaded circuits cause electrical problems and damage to the connected devices, but they can lead to fires and other dangerous conditions. If your home is older and its electrical system is showing its age, the best way to improve safety, as well as its load-carrying capacity, is through a service panel upgrade.
At C.B. Lucas, our licensed, professional electricians can provide the upgrades your home needs to safely power all of today’s modern appliances and electronics. We offer service panel upgrades in Northern Virginia, including Prince William County, Fairfax County, and King George County. Our company has been serving the region since 1977, providing top-quality heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical services. As a family-owned company, we stand by our work with generous warranties, and we offer unparalleled service and workmanship that ensures our customers are completely satisfied.
Do you have flickering lights or breakers that trip often? These may be signs that your electrical system is overtaxed. Call (703) 590-3700 or contact us online to learn if a service panel upgrade is the right choice for your Northern Virginia home.
What is a Service Panel Upgrade?
Your main service panel is responsible for distributing power to all the individual circuits in your home. The current is shared by all the circuits, so if you have 100-amp service, five devices using 20 amps each would use all the incoming current. That is a rare occurrence, however, as not all devices will be powered on or using the full circuit capacity.
If the maximum current is exceeded on any circuit, its breaker will trip as a safety feature to prevent overheating and fires. Likewise, if the total current of all circuits is greater than the 100-amp service rating, the main breaker will trip. As current approaches the 100-amp limit, however, things like flickering lights can start to occur. If it happens often, it is time for a service panel upgrade. Many older homes have 60-amp or 100-amp service. A main panel upgrade will replace the service panel with one rated for 150 amps, 200 amps, or higher.
To learn more about service panel upgrades for your Virginia home, contact us today.
Why Do I Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?
An overloaded service panel can allow wires to overheat and breakers to trip. In some cases, a severe overload can lead to a fire. An electrical panel replacement allows you to use more devices simultaneously and to use more demanding tools and appliances, such as electric dryers or welding equipment.
Here are a few signs that you need an electrical panel upgrade:
- Breakers trip frequently
- Lights flicker as devices turn on and off
- Large appliances cause lights to dim
- Breakers, wiring, or the main panel are warm
- Breakers have failed
- You notice arcing or charring
Contact us today to discuss the electrical needs for your home in Fairfax or Prince William County.
Schedule a Service Panel Upgrade in Northern Virginia
When you need an experienced electrical contractor for a service panel upgrade, choose our team at C.B. Lucas. We have over 40 years of experience, and we are well-equipped to handle service panel upgrades, breaker replacement, new circuit installations, rewiring, and any other service you may need to complete the project.
Call (703) 590-3700 or contact us online to schedule an electrical panel upgrade in Northern Virginia.