Breaker Panel Installation
Even though you probably haven’t given it a second thought since you moved into your home, your breaker panel is extremely important. Without a breaker panel, your home wouldn’t be able to use electricity. Which means you wouldn’t be able to do basically anything. Electricity is used for so many things nowadays, that the thought of going without it is almost comical. However, if you don’t have a properly working breaker panel, you may end up doing so.
The circuit breaker panel is the main distribution point of electricity in your home. No electricity can come into your home unless it first passes through the breaker panel wiring. That’s why a circuit breaker panel is so important. Without it, there isn’t much you can do with the electricity in your home.
Sometimes a breaker panel will need to be maintained or even entirely replaced. Breaker panels tend to last anywhere from 25-40 years, so if something needs to be fixed after this 25-year mark, you may as well just have a new breaker panel installed. A breaker panel installation won’t be needed often, but when it does, you’ll want to hire a qualified electrician to take care of it.
How to tell if your breaker panel needs work
If your breaker panel trips often, has visible damage, won’t stay on, or is very old, then you should have it inspected by an electrician. These may be signs that your circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced.
An electrician will be able to tell if your breaker panel can be fixed or if you need to install a new one. The kind of problem will determine how long it will take to fix your breaker panel. While the electrician is working on it, you probably won’t have access to electricity in your home. A breaker panel installation can take 4-8 hours, although if more work needs to be done it may take longer.
Can you work on your breaker panel yourself?
No, you should never attempt to work on your circuit breaker panel yourself. Because the panel is the main distribution point of electricity, that makes it extremely dangerous. Just flipping the electricity on or off won’t be much of a risk because the panel itself is protected, but any other kind of work such as wiring or making repairs should be left to the professionals. You don’t want to risk electrocution just to save a bit of money.
How much does it cost to install a new circuit breaker panel?
Beyond buying the circuit panel itself you’ll also have to pay an electrician for the breaker panel installation. Costs vary depending on who you hire and how many amps your circuit breaker will have. The more amps your panel has, the more it will cost to install. You can expect to spend anywhere from $500-$2000 on a home breaker panel installation. Don’t let this number put you off; breaker panels are extremely important and it is crucial that your home has one that works properly and is safe.
Who can work on your circuit breaker panel?
For any circuit breaker panel installations or repairs, you can call High Output Electric. High Output Electric has been installing and repairing circuit breaker panels for a long time and knows exactly how to safely and quickly install yours. Your home and your electricity will be in great hands with High Output Electric.
Does your home have a lot of power outages? Maybe you live in an area with extreme weather that often damages the electrical lines and leaves you without power. Hopefully, power is restored quickly and there isn’t much inconvenience for you, but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes weather or other issues can cause your power to be out for a long time. It’s always best to be prepared for the worst in these situations.
Even if your home doesn’t have very many outages, you should always be prepared for this possibility. When your home’s power goes out, it can mess up a lot of things. If the power is out for a long time, the food in your refrigerator may go bad, your home may get too hot or too cold to stay there comfortably, or the batteries in your flashlight may go out. Maybe you or someone in your household has medical equipment that needs to be run by a strong power source, like a CPAP machine or a stair lift. If the power is out for a long time, it could seriously damage someone’s health.
The best way to prepare for a power outage or other loss of power is by installing a home generator.
What is a home generator?
A home generator is a permanent generator that will provide your home with enough power to run all electrical systems when the normal power goes out or is otherwise interrupted. If power is no longer coming to your home, your generator will automatically turn on and get the electricity running again.
Home generators are extremely helpful in the event of a power outage, especially because some power outages can last for quite a long time. If the power company can’t get to the electrical lines for whatever reason, you may be sitting in the dark for hours, waiting for the food in your refrigerator to go bad and the cold or heat to take over your home. Nobody wants to live without power, even for a short time. When you have a home generator installed you will never have to be without power.
How much does it cost to install a home generator?
Who you hire to install your home generator will determine how much the generator installation will cost. Every electrician or installation company will charge differently, and it’s your job to determine which company will give you a great price along with great service.
Buying the generator itself won’t be very cheap. However, keep in mind that in the event of a power outage, you’ll definitely want a generator to back up your home’s power. You won’t be sitting in the dark hoping the power comes back on soon. You’ll be in a fully lit, heated, or cooled home looking out on an otherwise dark street and your neighbors’ dark homes. You’ll have nothing to worry about, no matter how long the power outage lasts.
Who can take care of my home’s generator installation?
You should never try to install a generator by yourself. Because a generator installation involves connecting it to the electrical system and running wires, there is a risk of electrical shock if something goes wrong or you touch the wrong thing. That’s why you should always leave your generator installation to the professionals.
If you want your generator installed by some of the best electricians in your area, call High Output Electric. High Output Electric has installed many generators in the past and knows exactly how to best install yours. Don’t settle for a second rate electrician, give High Output Electric a call and you’ll receive the best service, prices, and a generator installation you can count on.
Are you tired of running extension cords across the room? Does your home just not have enough electrical outlets for your needs? Are your current outlets so old that they no longer work properly? If you have any of these problems, High Output Electric offers outlet installation services that will make your life much easier.
Whether you want to install new outlets or you want to update old outlets, High Output Electric can help.
Many homes are built with as few electrical outlets as they can get away with. While this is cheaper for the home builders, it’s extremely inconvenient for the homeowners. Pretty soon you’ll end up using power strips or extension cords just to fit everything you need to power. This isn’t safe, though, because an overloading power strip or a cracked extension cord can cause electrical fires or electrical shocks. Wouldn’t it just be so much better if there were electrical outlets exactly where you wanted them?
Well, you can hire an electrician to install electrical outlets exactly where you want them. No more power strips or extension cords taking up space. Instead, you can have an outlet wherever you need it or wished you had it in the past. This is especially useful when setting up entertainment systems or new appliances.
What kinds of outlets are available?
When having outlets installed, you’ll need to decide what kind of outlets you want.
The most common outlet that homeowners choose is the standard three-prong outlet. A three-pronged outlet is safer than a two-pronged one because it has two current conducting prongs and a grounding prong. This grounding prong safely passes electricity and helps prevent electrical fires or shocks.
You can also install a 20A outlet, which carries 20 amps rather than the standard 15 amps. This lets you use more electricity and makes it easier to power strong tools and other high voltage items.
A high voltage outlet will carry even more volts and are ideal for large appliances like ovens, dryers, and washers.
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is a three-pronged outlet that is designed specifically to prevent electrical shocks. These outlets work well in rooms that are often wet or humid, such as bathrooms and kitchens. When this outlet detects the possibility of an electrical shock it will automatically turn off.
An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) outlet is a three-pronged outlet that is designed specifically to prevent electrical fires. Like a GFCI outlet, an AFCI outlet will automatically turn off when danger is detected.
These aren’t the only types of outlets, but they are the most popular. When choosing where to install new outlets, keep in mind what kind of outlet you may want. If you aren’t sure what will be best, ask your electrician for advice. He or she will be able to tell you what kind of outlet will be best in each position.
Who can help with outlet installations?
For all your outlet installation needs, call High Output Electric. With years of outlet installation experience, great prices, and great customer service, you can’t go wrong with High Output Electric.
Ceiling Fan Installation
If your home is hot in the summer and cold in the winter, one way to help fix that problem is by installing a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are able to regulate the air in your home quite effectively. A ceiling fan will circulate cool air in the summer and push warm air back down in the winter. If you’ve tried everything else to get your home to regulate heat better, it’s time to try a ceiling fan.
What kinds of ceiling fans are there?
There are several different kinds of ceiling fans that you can choose to have installed. The purpose of each kind is the same—to push the air in your home around—but some ceiling fans will work better than others in certain situations.
A standard ceiling fan is one that typically has 4 or 5 blades and a light fixture in the center. Some fans have multiple smaller light fixtures or one larger one.
Not all ceiling fans have lights attached to them. You may choose to install a ceiling fan without lights if the room where you are putting it already has other light fixtures or has enough natural light to be effective.
If you are into energy efficiency and helping the environment, there are some ceiling lights that have an Energy Star rating and use 20-30% less energy than standard fans do. This is a great option for energy-conscious homeowners and you’re certain to love your energy-efficient ceiling fan.
If your home has lower ceilings and you’re worried about how much headroom a ceiling fan will take, there’s no need to worry. You can install a low profile ceiling fan. These fans take up much less room because the space between the blades and the ceiling is smaller. While these fans don’t circulate the air quite as well as standard ceiling fans, they are still effective and will accomplish what you want them to.
There are also ceiling fans that are rated specifically for humid or wet environments. If you live in a humid area, it’s best to install one of these ceiling fans. They are also recommended if you’re installing the fan outside under a patio awning or another outdoor area.
As you can see, you’ll have plenty of options when you decide to install a ceiling fan. If you aren’t sure what fan to install you can ask a licensed electrician for advice.
Can you install a ceiling fan where no fixture exists?
Yes, you can install a ceiling where no fixture currently exists. Electricians can create a fixture by running wires through the ceiling to wherever you want your ceiling fan. It doesn’t matter that you’ve never had a light fixture before; one can be installed now.
How much does it cost to install a ceiling fan?
What ceiling fan you are having installed, whether extra work needs to be done, and who you hire to install it will determine how much the project will cost.
Each type of ceiling fan, as well as each brand and model, will be priced differently. Before worrying about prices you should choose which type of ceiling fan will work best in your home so that you aren’t tempted to just install the cheapest fan you can find.
If you’re installing a ceiling fan where no light fixture has ever been, extra wiring work will have to be done. This will raise the price of the project.
Who you hire to install your fan will also affect the cost. Finding an electrician who has good prices and offers high-quality service should be your priority. Don’t necessarily hire the cheapest electrician you can find. You want to balance price and quality.
Who can take care of your ceiling fan installation?
If you want to install a new ceiling fan or replace an existing one, High Output Electric has your back. High Output Electric has installed many ceiling fans and would love to take care of your ceiling fan installation. Give High Output Electric a call today to schedule an appointment or talk about our services.
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