When to upgrade your electrical panel – Ellington CT

How do you know when it is time to upgrade your electrical panel? When you upgrade your home you have to consider if your home can handle the growing demand for electricity. If you are thinking of adding a large electric appliance such as an air conditioner, electric range, a washer & dryer or hot tub where you did not have one before, you should determine if your house can handle the increased electric load. A new central air conditioning system, for example, will need 3,000 to 5,000 watts to function effectively. You should also consider upgrading your system if you are planning to add living space and you cannot meet the new electric demand by adding additional circuits to the current panel box.

The electric system in a house reflects when it was built or last time it was rewired. Houses built or rewired more than 30 years ago typically have a 60 to 100-amp service. Amps are a measure of the quantity of electric power. Newer homes may have 150- or 200-amp service. The increase in amps over the years has kept pace with the number of new electrical appliances.

The amps listed on the main circuit breaker in the panel box determine the maximum amount the house can safely use. Each circuit in the house is also rated by amps. If the power demand for a circuit approaches the amps the circuit is rated for, the circuit breaker will trip and shut down power to the circuit, because there is a danger of the wiring overheating. If you hear hissing from the box, circuit breakers trip repeatedly or you have an old-fashioned fuse box rather than a panel box it’s time to upgrade. The best way to determine if you require an upgrade is to ask AJP Electric. Call us at 1-860-875-7755 and we’ll give a free consultation.

 

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Renovating Older Homes – Coventry CT

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Renovating older homes can be a challenge. Old electrical wiring can be a safety hazard and will need to be brought up to code. Homes in the 1920s didn’t have hair dryers, and even something as small as that can draw more power than old household electrical systems can handle. Old wiring is also just an inconvenience: If you’ve ever lost power when running the microwave and the coffeemaker at the same time, you know what I mean. You might need to change ungrounded 2-prong outlets to 3-prong outlets, and rewire the house to get rid of old knob-and-tube wiring that can start a fire. Depending on your needs and the appliances you own, you may even need to upgrade modern wiring to support new appliances, computers, entertainment systems, and other projects.

The older a home is and the more times it has changed hands increases the likelihood that changes will have deviated from original design of the house. It’s best to err on the side of caution when renovating older homes. Call AJP Electric at 1-860-875-7755 for a free consultation. We can tell you what to expect and give you a plan that is affordable and safe for you and your family.

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Remodeling Electrical Contractors – Coventry CT

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When a home renovation is being planned, do not forget to consult AJP Electric, LLC, your local remodeling electrical contractors. Our service area encompasses the towns in greater Tolland County CT. Kitchen renovations – from small remodeling jobs to major overhauls – need special outlets and wiring. A licensed electrical contractor will safely install new wiring, switches, fuses, recessed lighting, exhaust fans, appliances, outlets, icemakers, and under-sink garbage disposals. Bathroom upgrades will most certainly include Ground Control Fault Interrupters, where electrical outlets will be positioned near sinks and vanities. Installing a ventilating fan in your bath will help eliminate fogged-up windows, steamy mirrors and stale odors. But more importantly, it will help prevent moisture-related problems, such as the growth of mold and mildew. Exhaust fans require electrical connections as well as a ventilation outlet to the exterior of your home. We’ll help you choose an exhaust fan that meets the needs of your family and our experts will install your fan so it will function exactly as it should. Perhaps you are planning to reclaim your basement or build an addition. We are skilled in problems unique to room additions, such as re-wiring circuit breakers for second-story additions, handling problems in basement additions, and other circuitry, panel and wire complexities associated with room additions.

AJP Electric, LLC is a family owned business that offers a full range of residential and commercial electrical services throughout Connecticut since 2001. No job is too big, or too small, and we always get the job done right the first time. As a reputable electrician, we carry business insurance and are licensed. We have earned a Better Business Bureau rating of A+ as an accredited business, with twenty-eight “5-star” customer reviews. AJP Electric LLC is open 6 days a week from 7 am to 7 pm for your convenience, with emergency service available. Call when you have a question about an electrical issue and ask for a free quote: 860-875-7755.

 

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