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Electrical Upgrades & Electrical Heavy-Up Panel Upgrades

Improve Electrical Performance & Energy Efficiency

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There are many types of electrical upgrades you may consider for your home. Some of the most common types of electrical upgrades include adding a new circuit to your home’s electrical system or adding or replacing switches and outlets, including ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). You may choose to install a whole-home surge protector or upgrade your home’s system of integrated smoke detectors.

Other common electrical upgrades in northern Virginia and surrounding areas include upgrading your home’s panel box and replacing outdated electrical wiring.

Whether you choose to make small or large changes to your residential electrical system, working with our expert electricians will ensure your needs are met.

Call F.H. Furr at 703-690-0449 or contact us online to discuss your needs with our electrical contractors in northern Virginia or Maryland.

Our Electrical Services

  • Electrical panel upgrades, breakers, and fuses
  • LED lighting
  • Recessed lighting and light fixtures
  • Decorative and accent lighting and ceiling fans
  • Switches and dimmers
  • Outlets
  • Lightning & surge protection
  • Home electrical safety

Electrical Panel UpgradesDiagram of all the elements of an electrical panel upgrade.

An electrical panel upgrade, or a “heavy-up,” enables more power to surge through the currents of your home, allowing you to use the most electricity possible without the dangers of overloading your system.

What Does an Electrical Panel Upgrade Include?

Your electrical panel heavy-up can include a range of upgrades. Your technician can assess your personal need and meet it right away. Some upgrades are as simple as adding a few circuit breakers to your existing box.

Often, you can simply expand the box with a sub-panel. If you need a more complex upgrade, this could include replacing a fuse box or an old panel with one built for a higher energy capacity.

If you have electrical problems in your home, our highly trained electricians can help you determine the best upgrade options for comfort, convenience, and savings. When you call our electricians, you can have peace of mind knowing your upgrade will fit your needs.

How Long Do Electrical Panel Upgrades Take?

This depends on the particulars of your job. Simple adjustments, like adding breakers to an existing panel, often take less than an hour to complete. Even the installation of a new sub-panel shouldn’t take more than a few hours.

A more detailed fix, such as replacing the fuse box or circuit main, could take longer.

Will an Upgrade Improve Electrical Safety?

When you have too many devices sucking power from an insufficient source, you’re in danger of overloading the electrical system. This could lead to other electrical problems and safety concerns. Using an outdated system is not recommended for electrical safety.

With an electrical panel upgrade, you’ll never need to worry about a lack of power to operate your home. You can safely use as much as you need.

Have questions about heavy ups? Call 703-690-0449 to speak with an F.H. Furr team member.

Why You Should Hire a Professional for Electrical Panel Services

Anytime you work with electricity, there’s risk involved. While attempting to DIY your electrical panel work may be appealing, to ensure your safety, you should hire a reliable, professional electrician for your electrical panel services.

Here are other reasons why you should hire a professional electrician:

  • The job is done correctly: A professional electrician can make sure the job is done right the first time.
  • Save money: It may seem like fixing your electrical panel yourself will be less expensive, but your lack of knowledge and experience could make the repair even more expensive than hiring a professional.
  • Troubleshooting: A professional will have the experience needed to quickly diagnose and solve the problem.

Save time and money with a professional electrical panel service. Call 703-690-0449 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.

Electrical Panel FAQs

Fuse boxes are typically found in houses built before the 1980s and are out-of-date. Many fuse boxes can’t handle the load of a modern lifestyle. For the best safety and electrical flow, it’s worth upgrading your fuse box to a circuit breaker panel.

Not usually. Most of the time, replacing your circuit breaker panel doesn’t mean you need to replace your home’s wiring. The wiring itself can usually handle the increased electrical load. On the other hand, if you need to rewire your home, you’ll also most likely need to replace your circuit panel.

At times, you may experience something called a “brownout.” This happens when there is extra stress on the power grid because of increased use, usually during the summer when AC systems are often running. This increased stress causes less electricity to be available, which makes your lights dim.

Dimming lights could also be a sign of loose connections to your electrical panel. If your electric company isn’t experiencing a brownout, you should call a professional electrician to inspect your panel.

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