NEVER, NEVER, NEVER! Put portable generators in a enclosed home, garage or building. Always keep them outside and at least 5' from doors or windows
Inregards to automatic generator installations. Do not rush to purchase, but make your choice for a generator when there is no panic or the possibility you might make a bad choice as to the size of generator or the installer. Plan ahead.
Always check your GFCI receptacles to insure they are still working. Activate the test button to make them trip. If they do not, replace them. Safety first is only a few dollars.
Automatic generator installations:
You may save a few dollars on one of the most important investment as far as installing a generator. Make sure your installer properly installs all grounding, control wiring and applying the warranty to your unit. Sometimes correcting wrong code violations and installations will cost you more in the end.
Make sure you have your Smoke Detectors in all Bedrooms, outside Bedrooms
basement areas. Be safe.
Did you know that Federal Pacific and Push-a-Matic panels are fire hazards?
Change them out to newer ones.
Did you know that fuse panels can be a fire hazard and that some Insurance Company's will not cover you if you have a fuse box and it catches fire? Check with your Insurance Company now and not after the fact.
Too many sub-panels
Some have a nightmare of MANY panels. Having two, three or more panels all
being attached some how to one main panel and all on the same wall.
Centralizing all circuits to one main panel makes it easier and safer, giving you
space for future growth. You should not have to guess which panel it is when it
comes to electricity. Many times, when additional panels are tapped off a main
panel several times, they are many times not fused correctly so as to protect the
loads on them, which makes for a very serious situation or fire hazard
No insurance coverage!
Many insurance companies will not insure your home if you have fuses. Perhap
they may give you partial insurance. Either way, upgrading a fused service to
breakers gives you that ability to get the proper coverage and protection you
need for you and your family, and rid yourself of those awful fuses.
"PLEASE FIND OUT... WHAT???"
I recently did a upgrade for a customer and as we were talking she mentioned
that she had never heard of INSURANCE company's not providing coverage if you
have fuse panels . So she called and sure enough her carrier said they would
NOT cover her if something went wrong because of the fuses caused a house fire.
She inherited the house from her mother and just kept the same coverage.
But the sad thing was to me, she would have never known about her lack of
coverage until after the damage was done. This is why I am putting this point in
here. Whether you hire us to replace any fuse panels to breakers or not. Change it
with whom ever, because who needs that type of shock after having something
as serious as a fire causing damage to a very disheartening result. So please check
with your insurance company to find out so you will not receive any surprises
Old worn out hazardous condition
Old frayed cables that has torn insulation makes it easy for water and moisture
to get into the cables outside the home dripping down into the meter and
sometimes into the electrical panel which causes it to corrode and rust. That can
cause poor connection which can cause arcing, which in turn can lead to power
problems or fire. Sometimes the cost of replacing the outside weather beaten
cable, rusted meter pan and more then likely not having the proper grounding
system for outdoor earth ground and indoor water grounds. It is usually only a
difference of a few hundred dollars for an upgrade of service.
Relocate meter outside... and keep the Meter Reader out there also!
The Meter Reader cannot come into your house and read the meter properly if
you are not home and your meter is installed indoors. So they make estimates
from past usage or just guess. Of course, that is not always accurate because
you may go away for vacation or simply not use your electric at the same level
each month. I recently talked to one homeowner who said that they were being
charge from $200 to $300 per month extra! You may try to be there each time
they come, only to inconvenience yourself each month. Usually the system is a
older one and it doesn't have the proper grounding to it anyway. After all is said
and done, for a few hundred dollars more, most people wisley go ahead and with
the upgrade, and move the meter outside.
110 volt Service
That quaint old stead, or soon-to-be refurbished stately mansion may have a
service that is 110volt instead of 220volts or 120volt instead of 240volt. You
cannot run central air units, electric oven, wall ovens, spa and steam showers
and anything needing 240volt power usage. To change the service to 220volts or
240volts would require a change in overhead cables and meter, cables to panel
or fuse box and grounding system. Now is the time to get it upgraded and
prepared for life as we live it.
Circuits that trip
Sometimes because the house is older and built 30 or more years ago. They
didn't of course wire homes with the thought that they would be using the type
of loads now that you find in a modern home. Usually they may have a fuse
panel with no more room to add a circuit because that is the way fuse panels are
made. So the panel needs to be changed out to a breaker box anyway to
provide dedicated circuits to the problem areas. Mostly in kitchens and
bathrooms or window A/C units you will have those tripping problems or
overloads. Depending on future growth and the immediate dedicated circuits, a
upgrade may be necessary to solve the issue now and any future ones.
Install underground Power Lines which reduces power outages and
Some customers live around a lot of tall trees. That can be hazardous, because
when one comes down from old age or from a wind storm, it tears or breaks the
cable causing you a power outage. A underground service allows you to do both,
in that the line is out of danger from trees and it gives a nice cosmetic look to
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Older buildings contain endless charms. Ornate woodwork, unique moldings,
antique built-ins...the list goes on. Unfortunately, these charms do not include
the archaic electrical systems that are so often found in older structures. The
increasing energy demand plus the continuing advancement of technology
have rendered the original breaker panels in many buildings insufficient. Many
people are unaware that their building has such a problem until they put more
stress on their system, such as an extra computer, and suddenly begin
experiencing trouble with their electrical service. Others have been
experiencing symptoms for some time, and simply overlook them. If you are
the owner of a building that uses more energy than your electric panel can
handle, you may have noticed:
upgrade. Our professionals will be able to switch out your current breaker
panel for a model that will be able to handle the demand of modern appliances
and home theatre systems. In addition to electrical panel upgrades, we can
also determine if your building requires a wiring and meter socket upgrade.
After all of your breaker panel upgrade needs are fulfilled, you will immediately
notice a difference in your energy efficiency and the overall quality of your
electric service. That's well worth the electrical panel upgrade cost!
correct type of breaker panel upgrade differs based on a variety of factors, such
as the projected required energy capacity, local building codes, and the
specifics of your system. An electrical panel upgrade professional will be able
to analyze your typical electrical use and determine which electrical panel
upgrade will be best suited for your needs.
It requires the technical know-how of a skilled electrician to make sure that all
parts of your electrical system are installed correctly and completely. An error
in your electric panel upgrade could put your entire building at risk for fire,
damage to the new panel, and a shortened life for your entire electrical system.
On top of property damage and blackouts, attempts by an amateur to perform
an electrical service panel upgrade could also result in serious injury by electric
shock. When it comes to your safety and to the reliability of a device that is
central to the ongoing operation of your home or business, trust the experts.
would like us to come to your property and examine your electrical system. We
will pinpoint any trouble spots and determine if an electrical panel upgrade is
necessary. We proudly serve Fairfield CT as well as Westchester/Putnam NY and
have been earning satisfied customers for 30 years due to our superior
workmanship, attention to customer service, and low electrical panel upgrade
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