Modern homes have a lot of electrical appliances, so it makes sense that amp upgrades are becoming more common. Dunman Electric can do professional amp upgrades for people in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, and San Marcos. It takes a lot of work to meet the electrical needs of property owners today. Especially in older homes, new electrical wiring is usually needed to keep things running smoothly.
The greater your understanding of what is available, the better your contractor will be able to comprehend what you want. If you want to change how your home’s electricity works, you should know a few things. Wiring an electrical system is not an easy job.
A large wiring installation puts the main electrical service under a lot of stress. Before installing new wiring, about 25% of all properties need to have their service upgraded. In many homes, for example, an old electrical service rated for 60 amps may have to be replaced with a new one rated for 100 amps or more. This kind of project needs to be done by a licensed electrician.
Dunman Electric offers amp upgrades in Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Lakeway, San Marcos, Leander, and other nearby cities.
By ensuring your wire installation is well-thought-out, you can ensure you have enough electricity for your needs now and in the future. When wiring a newly remodeled kitchen, adding circuits to an extra room, or adding an outdoor circuit, think about how the space could be used and plan for enough electrical service to meet demand. As a homeowner, paying for shoddy electrical work is one of the worst decisions you can make. As technology improves, it is very important to ensure that the electrical wiring is suitable for the present and any future technological advances.
Circuit Breaker Upgrades
Before you talk to your contractor about upgrading your circuit breakers, it’s a good idea to know what needs to be done to bring your property up to code. But most homeowners are not able to do their electrical wiring work.
If you want to do some new wiring, the best place to start is with your main circuit breaker. Some homeowners may be afraid of their circuit breakers, but most of them should be able to find them and read the amp rating on them without any trouble. Most of the time, a 100-amp service is enough to power most loads, and it may need to be fixed if the service rating is 60 amps or less.
Steps to Upgrade to a 200 Amp Service Wire
- Plug the energy cables into the socket on the meter.Check that all the power is off in the building. This may involve more than just turning off the main breaker.
- Ask the utility company to turn off the electricity to the house.
- Take the glass meter out of the socket for the meter.
- Take the meter socket off the side of the building and cut the cable attached to it with cable cutters.
- Use a 3-inch hole saw and a cordless drill to make the cable hole in the wall bigger.
- Use a 2-inch hole saw and an extension shaft to drill through the rim joist.
- Should use a 200-amp SE line to wire the new meter socket.
- After putting the SE cable through the hole in the wall, screw the meter socket to the outside of the house. Make sure the socket is level with a torpedo level.
- Put the new PVC weather head and conduit on the outside wall above the meter socket. PVC cement is used to connect the conduit to the meter socket. Plastic U-shaped clamps are used to hold the conduit to the house.
- The utility company should mark any lines that are buried. Then, use a 3-pound sledgehammer to drive two copper ground rods into the ground, and there should be 6 feet between the rods.
- Connect the wires to the ground rods, the meter socket, and an intersystem bonding termination.
- Put the glass meter in the socket for the meter. Then put the meter cover back on.