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The electric panel is the heart of any electric service. As our demand for electricity increases, so too does the need for electrical panels capable of handling this additional power. APower’s electricians will evaluate the safety and capacity of your electric panel, and to upgrade your panel to ensure your home or business can meet these additional demands. About Your Electric Panel
The electric meter and mast work to bring electricity to your home. Want to know how it works? When an electrical utility generates power, the electricity is transmitted to your home through wires. Next, the mast helps to create a connection point with your home with above ground or below ground wires. Once a power connection exists to your home, the meter measures how much electricity is consumed.
Ensuring that the mast and meter are working properly and meet specific regulations is crucial. This type of work is complex and dangerous and requires a professional. APower has vast experience repairing and replacing mast and meter systems to guarantee that power is making its way to your home safely and efficiently. We provide the following mast and meter services:
Sub panels are small panels used to distribute electricity to specific parts of your home, a new addition to your home, or even another structure such as a garage or workshop. Sub panels offer a safe solution when all of the breaker slots in the main service panel are filled by shouldering some of the power burden by supplying power to lights, outlets and appliance circuits.
Arc faults are unintended electrical arcs that produce high, intense heat, creating a fire hazard. Arc Fault Circuit Interruptor (AFCI) Breakers are equipped to detect and protect your circuits and devices from these dangerous arc faults.
Grounding prevents short circuits or sparks that can lead to catastrophic electrical fires. A comprehensive grounding system provides a pathway for an electrical current to return to “ground” if it ever deviates from the electrical wiring, and prevents hot currents from running through wood, piping, or other combustible materials. Grounding is vital in older homes because most don’t have a grounding system installed, or use outdated materials other than bare copper.
APower suggests a two-tiered surge protection system, consisting of of a whole house surge protection device installed at the electrical panel, and a quality plug-in surge protective device on individual outlets to provide additional protection.
Because a home’s electrical system hidden behind walls, people often mistakenly believe that it does not require ongoing preventative maintenance. However, preventative maintenance is important in promoting the health of a home’s electrical system. Regular inspections can often extend the lifespan of key components, promote safety, and protect the valuable appliances, equipment, and devices that consume electricity in your home.
Identifying the source of an electrical problem can be frustrating and downright time consuming without a map of your electrical system. APower strongly recommends that every home have an electrical map. This map is a valuable tool which identifies circuits for the electrical locations throughout your home, and can reveal load issues that may be present on existing circuits. . About Electrical Mapping
The electric panel is the heart of any electric service whether in a residential, commercial or industrial building. Although there are two major categories of electric panels, fuse boxes and breaker boxes, they are both designed to do essentially the same thing – interrupt the flow of electricity in the event of an overloaded or shorted circuit. The most significant differences in these two types of electric panels, however, are how they protect your electric service and the devices plugged into it and the level of protection the fuses or breakers within the panels are able to provide. One of the biggest problems regarding electric panels today is that most homeowners and business owners assume their electric panels are safe. However, a number of recent studies have found that a disturbing number of electric panels are unsafe.
Over the past 130 years the use of electric power in homes and businesses has grown dramatically. Once used only to power low wattage electric lights, today not only do the majority of the items in our homes and businesses rely on electricity, they also use more electricity than ever before. As our demand for electricity increases, so too does the need for electrical panels capable of handling this additional power. Failure to upgrade the electrical panel of a home or business to meet these additional demands can result in disaster.
According to U.S. Census information, the average home is 40 years old. Over the years a number of improvements and regulations have helped to make electrical service safer. Electrical panels that contain fuses rather than circuit breakers are a red flag that the electrical service of a home or business may be outdated. Fuses started to be replaced with circuit breakers as early as the 1960’s and had all but been phased out by the early 1970’s. This means homes and businesses with electrical panels containing fuses may contain wiring that’s over 40 years old, which may not meet many of today’s electrical codes.
Even newer electrical panels that contain circuit breakers may not be as safe as they should be if they were installed prior to 2008. A new type of circuit breaker, the arc-fault circuit breaker, has helped make electrical service safer than ever. Arc-fault breakers not only disrupt the flow of electricity to circuits in the event of overloads and shorts, but also in the event of unintentional electrical arcs, which can cause electrical fires. Fuses and traditional circuit breakers simply don’t provide this added protection. Starting in 2008 the use of arc-fault breakers was mandated in electrical panels helping to protect homes and businesses from electrical fires.
Another safety concern regarding the electrical panel in your home or business is the reliability of the electrical panel itself. One of the leading manufacturers of electrical panels in North America from the early 1950’s until the late 1980’s, Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE), was recently accused of knowingly producing unsafe electric panels and circuit breakers for decades and never issued a recall according to an NBC investigation. FPE electrical panels and circuit breakers were used in a majority of homes built prior to 1990. Investigators estimate that these unsafe electrical panels and circuit breakers may be responsible for as many as 2,000 electrical fires nationwide each year.
Nothing is more important to the team at APower than your safety. Whether it is the safety of your electrical service in your home or at your business, you deserve the peace of mind of knowing it is safe and reliable. Our staff of experienced, knowledgeable and friendly electricians are licensed, insured and dedicated to making sure your electric service is as safe as it can be. APower can quickly and affordably evaluate your electrical panel and inform you of any potential issues. In addition, we will gladly answer any questions you may have regarding your electrical panel or electric service so you can rest assured knowing your electrical panel is as safe and reliable as possible. For more information or to schedule an electrical panel evaluation, contact APower today!
Just like most things in your home your electrical panel is not immune to the need for repairs. Panel repairs can vary from simple and easy as resetting a breaker, to much more complex repairs like separation of circuitry or replacement of damaged items within the panel. The electrical panel is the heart of your home’s electrical service and it is crucial that all parts of your panel are in safe, working order. APower
Sub panels are smaller panels installed in your home to extend your power. A sub panel will not necessarily increase the available power in your home, instead a sub panel can be used when your main panel is full or when you need to bring power to a new location in your home.
Panel installation, service change and service upgrade are all fairly interchangeable terms. Service changes and service upgrades both require the installation of a new, up to code panel. A service upgrade, however, includes the installation of a new panel and service along with upgrading your current service to a higher amperage.
Smart panels are a great way to learn more about how the electricity in your home is being used. The Leviton Smart panel offers regular and smart breakers, and the smart breakers communicate electrical data about your home to you through an app. A smart panel is a fully customizable way to learn where you use the most power in your home and can help you to gain more control over your home.
Electrical work performed by APower Electric Service is always completed at or above local and national code requirements. When the work requires it, APower will pull a permit with your local building department to have the work inspected by an electrical inspector.
APower is licensed with the State of Colorado as an electrical contractor, license number EC.8049 and also maintains current licensing in the following cities and counties:
Adams County, Arapahoe County, Arvada, Aurora, Boulder City and County, Brighton, Broomfield, Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Commerce City, Denver, Douglas County, Englewood, Golden, Greenwood Village, Jefferson County, Lafayette, Lakewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, Louisville, Northglenn, Parker, Thornton, Westminster, and Wheat Ridge. *If your city or county is not listed here but a nearby city or county is, electrical permits may be under state jurisdiction.
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