Electrical Wiring Specialists Hot Springs National Park AR

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Mc Grew Electric Inc
(501) 760-3440
163 Crystal Hill Road
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Electric Contractors Residential, Computer Cable & Wire Installation, Electric Motors & Generators Wholesale & Manufacturers

Gigerich Warehouse
(501) 262-5559
4669 Malvern Road
Hot Springs National, AR
Gigerich Electrical Inc
(501) 262-5550
4669 Malvern Road
Hot Springs National Park, AR
White Joe Electric
(501) 623-8262
201 Cypressvale Street
Hot Springs National, AR
Wells Electric
(501) 624-0701
105 Markwood Court
Hot Springs National, AR
Grayer Electric
(501) 337-8494
419 S Main Street
Malvern, AR
Electric Contractors Residential, Lighting Fixtures Repair Maintenance & Installation, Electric Equipment Service & Repair
24 Hour Service
Payment Options
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AAA Electrical Service of Hot Springs Inc
(501) 262-5711
144 Sunshine Valley Plac
Hot Springs National, AR
Huntco Electric Inc
(501) 321-0848
Po Box 493
Hot Springs National, AR
Williams J Electric Inc
(501) 623-7789
835 Central Avenue Suite 110
Hot Springs National, AR
Hellers Electric CO Inc
(501) 623-7362
205 James Street
Hot Springs National, AR

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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