3 Tips That Will Make Upgrading Your Electrical Panel Go Smoothly

Posted on: 30 October 2017

If you have a really old electrical panel, or your electrical panel is too small and cannot handle having any more circuits added onto it, it may be time to upgrade your electrical panel. Here are a few tips to keep in mind that will keep your electrical panel go more smoothly.

#1 Install The Main Disconnect

When you have a new electrical panel installed, be sure to tell the electrician that you want to have a main disconnect installed by the new electrical panel. The main disconnect is a switch that turns off all of the power to your home. Turning off all the breakers to your home just turns off the power to your breakers, it does not turn off the power coming from the service entrance cables. The main disconnect switch allows you to turn off the power that is flowing from the service entrance cables to your electrical panel.

If you ever need to do electrical work on your home, turning off the main disconnect is the safest way to ensure that all the power is off to your entire home. Having the main disconnect line will also give you a quick and safe way to turn off all the power to your home in the event of an emergency, such as a flood or an electrical fire.

#2 Match The Service Entrance Cable Routing

Running into your electrical panel is the service entrance cable. This is the cable that comes in from outside from the electrical company. This cable is responsible for feeding the power into your electrical panel and throughout your home.

The service entrance cable is a big, thick cable. Ask the electrician how the service cable is orientated, and ask the electrician to orientate the electrical panel in the most effective way for the service cable. Your electrical panel may need to be orientated in a different direction in order to allow the service cable to run effectively into your electrical panel.

#3 Make A Plan For Yourself

Finally, make a plan for yourself for the time period when your electrical panel is going to be upgraded. During this time, all electrical power is going to be down in your home. That means that you will not be able to use your fridge, stove, heater, or any other electrically powered device. Your food should be fine in the fridge if you don't open it up, but to be cautious, you can put it in an ice chest. If it is really cold or hot outside, make plans to stay somewhere else while your electrical breaker is changed out. 

To learn more about electrical wiring installation, contact a company like Beckstoffer-Welsh Inc.