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Electrical Wiring Specialists Fort Collins CO

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Action Electric
(970) 797-4537
210 Route ave
Severance, CO
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Circuits & Wiring, Electric Safety & Protection, Electrical Inspections, Electricians, Lighting Design & Installation, Residential Electrical Services, Voltage Conversion

Fort Collins Electric Inc
(970) 493-7591
PO Box 2008
Fort Collins, CO
Services
Heating Contractors, Building Remodeling & Repair Contractors, Electric Contractors Residential, Control Systems & Regulators Dealers
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

ACDC Electric
(970) 203-9444
Loveland, CO
Services
Electric Contractors, Automation Equipment & Systems Dealers Industrial
Hours
24 Hour Service

Aba Electric
(970) 667-2706
2440 East County Road 30
Fort Collins, CO
 
T'S Electric
(970) 224-5898
Fort Collins, CO
 
Lone Wolf Electric
(970) 660-9151
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Berthoud, CO
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Hours
Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours
Services
Circuits & Wiring, Commercial Electrical Services, Electric Safety & Protection, Electrical Inspections, Electricians, Lighting Design & Installation, Residential Electrical Services

Chadwick Electric
(970) 484-0544
1305 Duff Drive%2C %23 7
Fort Collins, CO
Services
Electric Contractors Residential, Electric Equipment Service & Repair
Hours
24 Hours 7 Days
Payment Options
American Express, MasterCard, Financing Available, All Major Cards Accepted,

Eggers Electric
(970) 669-1883
3520 W Eisenhower Boulevard
Loveland, CO
Services
Electric Contractors Residential, Electric Equipment Service & Repair
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

Binder Electric
(970) 266-1856
5743 Sierra Drive
Fort Collins, CO
 
Dynamic Electric Inc
(970) 221-4523
3699 Arapahoe Drive
Fort Collins, CO
 

Upgrading Residential Electrical Service

Does my electrical service have fuses or circuit breakers?

It wasn't until the 1960's that circuit breakers became the standard for electrical service panels - before that all electrical panels contained screw and cartridge type fuses.

The way an electrical panel is made is the same regardless whether the panel uses fuses or circuit breakers. Fuses have taken a bad rap only because of the ease in which a fuse of one size can be replaced with a larger fuse. For example if a 15 amp fuse blows frequently a 20 amp fuse can be used to eliminate the nuisance of having to change the fuse so often. When a 20 amp fuse is inserted where a 15 amp was the current carrying capacity of the circuit is increased by 33% without any regard to the wire size. Remember that the fuse is rated according to the wire size - that is worth repeating a little louder - THE FUSE IS RATED ACCORDING TO THE WIRE SIZE. Because is it so easy to insert a 20 or even 30 amp fuse in to a 15 amp circuit, fuse panels have become an electrical hazard.

When a house is inspected for resale many insurance companies require a fuse panel to be replaced by a circuit breaker panel before the sale is complete. If the current service contains fuses it is probably worth the investment to upgrade the service from fuses to circuit breakers.

Upgrading the service to circuit breakers does not mean the amperage has to be increased. It is OK to change out a 100 amp fuse panel with a 100 amp circuit breaker panel. Just because the service is changing to circuit breakers does not mean the amperage coming in to the house must be increased to 200 amps.

This leads to the next question.

What size amperage is the existing service?

An electrical service is measured in amps with the standards being 100, 150 and 200 for a typical home. Amperage is like the size of the water pipe that feeds a residence - the bigger the pipe the more water that can be delivered. Don't confuse service voltage with service amperage - service voltage comes in one variety 220/240, more on that later. If the home has a 100 amp service and there are no plans to add more electrical stuff (an addition, hot water heater, air conditioning, electrical heater and etc.) then why increase the size of the service. Unless you just want to keep up with Tim the tool man that lives next door who had his service increased to 200 amps - the present 100 amps that supplies the family with all the electrical comforts they need ...

is a question homeowners ask frequently. An upgrade of an electrical service typically involves an older residence with service size of 100 amps or less and the homeowner is deciding whether to increase the amperage to 200. Depending on what part of the country the residence is the cost of the job could be as high as $2000 which makes the homeowner question the need for such an investment. The following questions should be answered before deciding whether or not to upgrade the service.

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