Do You Have Enough Electricity To Power Your Current Lifestyle?
Just 30 years ago, the average home needed only a 60-amp electrical service to function. But within the last 20 years Americans have became power hungry. Today’s air conditioning systems take more power than an entire home did 30 years ago. Many kitchens are now equipped with a number of receptacles capable of supplying more than 60 amps just to counter top appliances.
Yet as electrical demand has increased, too many people have not considered increasing their home’s electrical service. They may not be able to keep up with current electrical needs without causing unsafe conditions. If you live in an older house, your electric service may be inadequate to power today's array of needs: microwave, computer, entertainment center, food processor, coffee maker, electric dryer, air conditioning, electric range, freezer, fax, modem, printer, slow cooker, game room, etc.
“Many people fill their homes with the latest electronics, like computers, massive televisions, and high-tech stereos,” said Phil Rose, President of Roman Electric. “Yet these same people often have an old, outdated electrical panel! They’re plugging in thousands of dollars worth of electronics into a panel that may not be able to safely serve and protect them. It’s a potential disaster waiting to happen!”
A common sign that a home is drawing more electricity than its system can safely distribute is constant shorts or flickering lights. We recommend an electrical safety inspection. One of our highly trained technicians will conduct a multi-point check of every room in your home, as well as give your electrical panel a complete analysis.
If you're still trying to get by with a 30- or 60-amp service and fuses, it's time to upgrade your electrical service. Roman residential service manager Anthony Schmidt recommends installing a 100 amp service if your home is 2,000 sq. ft. or less, or a 200 amp service for larger homes.
"We often get a call when people buy or sell a home," he said. "We also get a lot of calls when people are planning to remodel or add central air conditioning. They find out their existing service is inadequate, or they experience a lot more blown fuses."
A typical service upgrade involves a change in the electrical supply distribution system. Often that means replacing the old circuit/fuse box with a circuit-breaker distribution panel, installing the proper grounding connections, reconnecting existing circuits to the new distribution panel, and sometimes adding circuits for new appliances.
Most municipalities and home inspectors require upgrading to a 100-amp service if selling a home. And many lenders won't grant mortgages on homes having less than 100-amp services, or with improperly installed wiring.
Home buyers are usually less concerned about an inadequate electric service because it can be taken care of for a relatively low cost in comparison to basement, roof, septic tank or other problems. The code for new homes calls for a minimum 100-amp service, while most larger homes are built with 150- to 200-amp services.
For an electrical safety inspection or details on upgrading your service. Call service manager Anthony Schmidt at 414-771-5400.
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