Electrical Service Upgrades

Delzura, CA., December 6, 2007-- Don Keller, right, of Babcock Services, Inc., watches San Diego County Supervising Building Inspector Rusty Anderson, inspect the fuse box inside a FEMA-provided mobile home. He is examining the installation of the home to ensure it is in compliance with local ordinances. The Grice family will temporarily occupy the home while the begin rebuilding their lives following the devastating loss of their home during the October wildfires. Amanda Bicknell/FEMA

Electrical Services We Offer

Remodeling and re-wiring
Wiring, switch, and outlet upgrades
Circuit panel upgrades
Light fixture servicing and installation
Electrical Trouble Shooting
Phone line installation and replacement
New Constructions and Additions
Battery backup systems
Renovation of attics and basements
Outdoor sign repairs
Wiring for machinery
Generator installations

If your home was built more than a few decades ago, its electrical system may not be designed to handle modern energy needs. Even as recently as the 1970s and 1980s, few homes had devices like microwaves, personal computers, and handheld electronics like smartphones and tablets; adding these devices to a home’s electrical grid (along with other energy-suckers like your refrigerator, washer and dryer, and other appliances) can potentially lead to major problems, even fire.

Fortunately, updating your home’s electrical service doesn’t need to be an expensive or complicated process. Read on to learn more about some of the electrical service upgrades available, as well as how Lewis Electric’s commitment to quality can help you ensure your home’s electrical system remains safe, efficient, and up-to-date.

Common Reasons Why You Need an Electrical Upgrade Loose outlets

Buzzing or sizzling sounds
Light bulbs that frequently burn out
discolored switch plates, plugs, or cords
An over-amped electrical panel
Electrical shock when you touch a cord or plug it in
Frequent blown fuses
Flickering or dimming lights, indicating that your circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection
A burning smell
Sagging or damp insulation

New circuit breakers

Circuit breakers are designed as a fail-safe mechanism to prevent power surges; when too much power is directed to an outlet, a circuit breaker will step in and shut down the power to protect the outlet from overheating.

However, homes with too few circuit breakers per outlet may be at risk of premature failure; these circuit breakers may trip each time the outlet is used to power anything larger than a toaster or, even worse, not trip at all. Replacing your circuit breakers or installing additional breakers can help modulate the flow of energy to your outlets without the hassle of resetting breakers or the worry of electrical fire.

New outlets

Another common problem within older homes is electrical outlets that are inadequate for your electricity needs. For example, many of your kitchen appliances may require grounded outlets, while your kitchen itself may only have two-prong outlets available. Using an extension cord can allow you to operate these appliances, but also runs the risk of overheating the outlet or tripping the circuit breaker.

Upgrading your outlets can ensure they’ll provide all the electricity you need, eliminating the hassle of rearranging your appliances or the danger of using an extension cord.

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