Upgrading an Electrical Pannel
Your electrical pannel is the heart of your home or businesses electrical power. There can be many reasons you may need to upgrade your existing pannel but as our reliance on technology grows there is greater demand on your electrical system.
How to Know If You Have a 100 or 200 Amp Panel?
At first glance an electrician can tell if you have a 100 amp panel because of the size. A 200 amp panel can handle more electrical demand so it is larger and has room for more connections.
In the picture you can see that the 100 amp panel on the left is smaller than the 200 amp panel on the right.
You should also check the numbers on the main breaker
Do You Need to Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?
Think of 100 amp panel and 200 amp panels like a main pipe of electrical juice into your home. If you have a 200 amp panel its like having a larger diameter pipe that will allow you to run more electronic devices.
Let say you have an older home that has a 100 amp panel and you want to convert your gas oven and range to all electric. That's going to add more load on your homes electrical panel. Depending on what other electrical systems you also have this may not be possible and would require an upgrade to a 200 amp panel to do so. Just upgrading the panel alone won't mean you have more power. The utility company will have to provide a service upgrade now so you are receiving 200 amps into the new panel. We help take care of all of this work.
If you are looking to sell your home and you only have a 100 amp pannel potential home owners may see this as something that will have to be upgraded in the future and value your house less.
Do you find that your breakers are tripping often? This could be a sign that your current 100amp panel is near capacity and requires an upgrade to 200amp.