If you live in an older home in Minneapolis, your panel may be providing 60-amp power to the rest of your home. By today’s standards, there is not enough of a current to power modern electronic devices and appliances.
Whether you have lived in your home a while, moving into an older home, or are getting ready to undertake a remodeling project, Harrison Electric can help you panel upgrades. We can replace your old panel with a newer panel that can accommodate all your electrical needs.
To schedule an inspection and electrical installation, contact us today.
Current Standards for Residential Main Panels
If a 60-amp panel is not enough to power your home, how many amps do you need? The National Electric Code (NEC) requires a minimum 100-amp panel in residential properties.
However, most homes require a minimum of 250-amps. The additional amperage accounts for the power you currently need and projected electrical requirements down the road.
In some cases, you may be able to add amperage to your panel. Though, in most cases, we’ll need to upgrade to a new panel. This is especially true if you have an old fuse box or you live in a home that still contains knob & tube wiring (which we should also replace).
Do You Need an Electrician to Replace Your Panel?
You should consider upgrading to a 250-amp panel if your home meets the following conditions:
If your home contains no gas-powered appliances, you will likely need an upgrade.
If you currently have a 100-amp panel that contains no free breaker slots left, you should consider upgrading to add more circuits/appliances to your home in the future.
If you’re planning to expand your square footage, you will need to ensure that you have the electrical capacity to handle the extra outlets and appliances.
If you operate multiple high-powered appliances at the same time, you need an upgrade. 220-volt appliances may include an electric heater, water heater, clothes dryer, stove/oven, central AC unit.
If your home exceeds 3,500 square feet, your house has above average power requirements. You may need an additional subpanel in another part of the house.
Home Remodeling Panel Upgrades
If you are getting ready to upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, basement, laundry room, or other room, you need to consider how much more power you need for the added space, new appliance installation, or additional lighting.
Not having enough power after your renovation or room addition can cause the breakers to trip, lights to flicker, or even a fire to break out in your home. Insufficient power can also damage sensitive electronics or appliances. More power is essential if you are planning to add outlets or other fixtures to your remodeled area.
How a Harrison Electric Technician Can Help
If you believe that you may need a new electrical panel, a Harrison Electric certified technician can help you with the installation. We can assist you in the following ways:
We can assess the breaker panel and all other components in your home to determine what upgrades you need and how they will benefit your home.
A Harrison Electrician can remove the old panel and fully integrate the new panel into your electrical system. We can install the panel according to the system specifications so that there’s a complete match.
We will install the new panel according to local, state, and NEC code requirements. We can help you avoid any code violations.
We can install the panel you need for your home renovation or room addition. We can also help you with wiring extension and outlet or fixture additions.
Certified Electrical Service in Minneapolis
If you live in Minneapolis, Minnesota or the surrounding area and need a new electric panel installation for your home, contact Harrison Electric today. We offer complete electrical installations, repairs, and inspections for residential properties.
To schedule service, call us at (763) 544-3300, or you can message us at email@example.com.