BREAKERS AND FUSES INSTALLED BY CRAVENS ELECTRIC
Houston’s Most Requested Electrical Installation Experts
Breaker boxes are often called fuse boxes, electrical panels, or electrical access panels. Your electrical service to your home begins at this point and creates an electrical network throughout your home. All of your electrical wiring finds its origins at this point.
When you need electrical breakers installed or breaker panels replaced, we’re just a phone call away. Cravens Electric is the most requested electrician in Houston and specializes in upgrades to your breaker boxes.
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Electrical panel upgrades are a common service request for Cravens Electric. Many of our customers in the Houston area will call for an electrical panel upgrade and will ask us how it all works.
Basically, your electric company will send their electricity from a pole or underground service to your home or business. The electricity flows through a meter outside of the home which monitors the electrical usage at any given time. The electricity is then routed into your electrical service panel, or what many people here in the South call the fuse box. However, fuses are typically not used; instead electrical breakers are found inside of these boxes and they control the connection from the outside power to the various areas of your home.
Many times you will hear the term, “tripped a breaker.” Circuit breakers are designed to be the weakest link on any electrical circuit. This occurs when there is an excessive load on one of the circuits or lines in your home. Often times it can be caused by a short or some interruption of the flow of electricity.
A properly installed circuit breaker, with the correct amp rating for each breaker, is imperative to protecting your system. Though of course, any fixed appliance (such as an electric stove, washing machine, or dryer) is required to be on its own dedicated circuit as per the National Electric Code. We can also install new dedicated circuits if you need them.
In any event, the total electrical usage of a home or business whether it is a 100 amp, 150 amp, 200 amp, or 400 amp service, cannot exceed the electrical panel’s total capacity. In the event the electrical usage in a home or business exceeds the current capacity, an upgrade is required to bring the box up to code. These kinds of upgrades require the services of an electrician and in many cases a permit is required to install new electrical panels or breaker boxes.
Cravens Electric specializes in electrical panel upgrades. We offer expert services and are an A+ Electrical Service Provider with the Better Business Bureau. Cravens Electric is bonded and insured in the State of Texas and all of our expert electricians are background checked and drug tested.
Buying a Home? Check the Electrical Panel for Clues.
Service upgrades to an electrical panel or breaker box can be made to improve the quality of your home and bring it up to code. Most contemporary homes use electricity to power a wide variety of electronic devices, including high-definition televisions and computers.
With advancements in technology comes the need for more power. Many older homes have electrical panels that are not designed to regulate the electricity that powers these sensitive devices.
The fact is that older homes do not have sufficient power management for the modern electronic age. When considering the purchase of a home, the existing electrical panel could be in dire need of an upgrade. Call Cravens Electric to help you determine if old panels in the home may be an indication of an outdated electrical system. This could make a big difference in the price you pay for the home.
In older homes, outdated breaker panels may need to be brought up to standard to prevent safety and fire hazards. A thorough test from Cravens Electric can help you determine whether your breaker box needs to be simply repaired or upgraded.
Federal Pacific Electric and Zinsco Electrical Panels
Two of the most dangerous electrical panels found in older homes (over 30 years old) are Federal Pacific Electric panels and Zinsco panels. Unfortunately, these panels are not safe and might not be able to protect you from short-circuits and over-currents.
If these panels fail to trip, your wiring could overheat and cause a fire hazard. Time and time again, electricians and home inspectors have found flaws in Federal Pacific Electric and Zinsco panels. Call Cravens today to have a professional safety inspection conducted of your electrical system to ensure you are protected from short circuits and other electrical malfunctions.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Electrical Panel Upgrades
If you are looking to maximize the efficiency of your home or property to bring it to current technological standards, updating your electrical panel is the best route to take. In older homes, breaker boxes with 100 amp services were adequate. Today, many homeowners are upgrading to a 200 amp service to ensure proper electrical function for more modern devices and power needs.
Another advantage of a new electrical panel upgrade is the addition of new circuits to your home, including: outlets, switches, fixtures and other potential uses. These generally make your home much more convenient.
There are, however, some things to be aware of before repairing, modifying, or replacing your electrical panel. Initially there is the upfront cost of the new service installation and there may be some construction needs that come along with the new addition. If you are already planning for new construction or to remodel your home, it is wise to consult a professional electrician before beginning your project since this will mitigate the need for costly post-construction installation of panel upgrades.
Cravens Electric Is Qualified to Provide Electrical Panel Upgrades
Cravens Electric is licensed, bonded, and insured. We always have a Master Electrician on staff with plenty of references in the Houston area. We understand what it takes to do the job right and we are very experienced in planning and installing electrical panel upgrades. We are the most requested Houston electrician because we are the most trusted.
Our reputation as a quality electrical service provider comes from providing quality, excellent customer service, and timely completion of projects. Furthermore, we have the ability to help plan your electrical projects and electrical panel upgrades to coincide with your construction needs. We work with general contractors, builders, architects and other professionals as well. When you need your electrical panels upgraded, you can count on the expertise of Cravens Electric!
Whether you are replacing your electrical panel or upgrading to a new one, Cravens Electric is here to help.