The need to upgrade your electrical service at home depends on the amount of electricity you use or the state of your present electrical service. If your present electrical service is not doing its job to supply enough electricity to your home, then you can upgrade it. Residences usually have a 100 amp electrical service. If you have this, you can upgrade it to 200 amp or higher.
To upgrade your electrical service, follow these quick and easy steps:
- Make sure that you are allowed to upgrade your electrical service. Depending on where you live, there could be policies and regulations being followed in upgrading your electrical service. Call your local government and make sure that you are allowed to do so. State your reasons and acquire their approval to avoid future mishaps.
- Call your local electric company. Before tinkering with your electrical service, it has to be turned off. Set a schedule with your local electric company and ask them to turn off the service at your home so you can do the upgrade. Remember to tell them that you will be calling again on the same day to have it turned back on.
- Check your cables for compatibility. Before replacing your breaker with a higher electrical service, make sure that the cables that you have can comply with a higher breaker. Check the labels of the cables or measure their sizes. Search the Internet for the cables that you will need with a higher electrical service breaker.
- Gather the materials that you need. Once you have checked your existing cables and wires and are sure that it can handle a breaker with a higher electrical service then purchase your new breaker. You will also need a screwdriver. Depending on the compatibility of your present utilities with the breaker, purchase the other replacement parts that you will need.
- Determine which the hot wires and ground wires are. The hot wires are coated with black rubber or plastic material, the ground wires are not coated with anything. Hot wires have positive electric energy, while the ground wires have negative electric energy. You have to be sure which is which so that you do not end up short-circuiting your home and starting fire or anything unwanted.
- Attach the wires. Once you have determined what the hot wires and ground wires are, you can start attaching the hot wires to your new electrical service breaker. Now take the ground wires, crimp them together, and hook them up to one another.
- Tighten the wires. Tighten the screws of the wires and make sure that everything is connected properly where it should be.
- Call your local electric company. You are almost done upgrading your electrical service. All you have to do now is to call your local electric company and have the electricity turned on.
If the electricity does not work, check your wirings and make sure that everything is still in its place. If you cannot see what is wrong with it, it would be best to call an electrician to help you figure out where you went wrong.