Electric Panel Repair and Replacement
The main electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical system, and your distribution point for all the electric circuits in your home. As you add electrical appliances and circuits, you increase the demand on your power panel. Depending on when your home was built and how much electricity you use, you may need electric panel repair, replacement, or a sub-panel added to keep up with demand.
All of the power for your home comes through this panel from the utility company to the exit wires that split off and service different parts of the house. These exit wires are called branch circuits or branch wire circuits. Service wire lugs connect the power from the utility through the electric meter to the electrical panel and are highly dangerous points that should never be touched. The main electrical panel is the central distribution point for all branch circuits of the house.
Branch circuits are connected to the service panel via circuit breakers. The circuit breakers have no purpose other than safety since they immediately cut off electricity to branch circuits in the event of overload. You can access these circuit breakers and turn them on and off to restrict power to a particular circuit in your home.
The service wire lugs connect the power from the utility to your home and contain intense, concentrated power. It is impossible to turn off the power to the service wire lugs. Main service is continually on, except in the event of an overall power failure, or if you make a special request with the utility company to shut off power from the street.
Unlike branch wire circuits, which are just a portion of the entire electrical service to the house, the service wire lugs represent every single amount of electricity coming into the house. If your home has a screw-in fuse panel, an obsolete panel, or even worse, has lost its UL listing due to a faulty main breaker or circuit breaker—you may have to consider electric panel repair or a new electrical panel for your home. Installing a new electrical panel in your home will increase your safety and peace of mind knowing that the heart of your electrical system is working properly for you and your home.
Thunderbolt’s experienced electricians will go over all your electric panel repair or replacement options with you.
Thunderbolt electricians can also evaluate your current sub panel needs or install new sub panels for your home. An electrical sub panel – also known as a service sub panel or circuit breaker sub panel – is often required to create new space for circuit breakers and to optimize your electrical system.
There are 2 major reasons why you might want to install a circuit breaker sub panel:
First, if the main service panel does not have enough space to hold circuit breakers for any new circuits that you intend to install. The circuit breaker sub panel can, in a sense, create new space for circuit breakers, but in a physically separate location.
Secondly, the sub panel provides a sense of clarity and separation of service from the main electrical panel. Usually, a circuit breaker sub panel will service one separate area that has a discrete function, such as a kitchen, shop, office, or addition. By installing a circuit breaker sub panel, you make it clear which circuit breakers and branch circuits apply to which parts of the house. It is easy to segregate the duties of all of the branch circuits, and to facilitate sub panel repairs, by keeping the circuits sequestered within the circuit breaker sub panel area.
<h2=”color: #333333; letter-spacing: 1px; line-height: 1.5;”>At Thunderbolt Electric, we evaluate your needs for any renovation project to determine the feasibility of installing sub panels, and we assess current sub panel issues for electric panel repair.