Electrical Service Upgrades
Is your electrical service adequate?
Our licensed electricians can inspect your service, upgrade your electrical service, and add additional circuits to support your remodeling needs.
- Electric service upgrade
- Electric fireplace wiring
- Hot tub wiring
- Sauna wiring
- Electrical outlet installation
- Circuit Breakers
Electrical service upgrades by licensed electricians for Grand Rapids and surrounding areas
Many older homes still operate with seriously outdated 60-amp electrical service- and sometimes with just a few fuses or circuit breakers to protect the entire system. These systems and circuits rarely support the addition of lighting or appliances or the amount of electricity required for one teenager’s bedroom.
Newer homes often have 100-amp service panels, but even this minimum requirement set by many current codes may fall short of your present or future needs. Consider upgrading service to 150 or 200 amps.
What is 60-amp electrical service? Electrical Service Upgrades
Electrical service size is often misunderstood. Some people imagine that a 200-amp service delivers “better” electricity than 100 amps. The service size, however, indicates nothing more than the maximum current you can draw through your electrical system at one time. The more high-power electrical fixtures and appliances you have, the larger service size you will need. For example, a home with electric heat or Geothermal Heat needs a larger service size than a gas heated home. If your electrical demands increase, you may have to upgrade your electrical service to meet the new demand. For example, if you build an addition, or install a sauna or hot tub, you may require a service upgrade to meet the new electrical draws.
Traditional 60-amp electrical service is an insurance risk
Most homes today have a 100 or 200 amp service. But some still have only a 60 amp service. Sixty amps is not enough to service a home with an electric stove, oven, clothes dryer, air conditioner, and so on. But some homes operate just fine on 60 amps. These homes usually have a gas stove, and sometimes a gas clothes dryer as well.
Even if your home operates safely with a 60-amp service, the problem lies in insuring the home. Many insurance companies will not insure a home with a 60 amp service.
Home buyers are often informed by the home inspector that the electrical system needs an upgrade because the 60 amp service is not insurable. This news often comes as a surprise to all parties in a house-sale transaction because the home is clearly currently insured. At the time of writing of this article, insurance companies are not yet chasing down existing policies to demand an electrical upgrade. But when the buyer calls an insurance company to set up a new policy, that is when the insurance company takes the opportunity to demand the upgrade. Are the insurance companies justified? Yes. There is nothing inherent
Vander Hyde certified licensed electricians offer the best in electrical repair and installation to residents in Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Kentwood, Forest Hills, Grandville, Holland, Muskegon, and surrounding areas. Call (616) 454-5400 for a No Cost, Professional, Onsite Estimate!