Residential Service Changes and Upgrades
Home Electrical Inspection Report
With the high number of older houses here in Victoria BC, homeowners like to know that their electrical and wiring are all up to date. At CBS Electric, we have qualified electricians to carry out electrical service changes and upgrades in a smooth and professional manner.
Over time, it’s a good idea to have your electrical system inspected to help keep your home safe, and also ensures that it’s sufficiently running power to meet the household’s needs.
Old Wiring – Needs Upgrading
Before technology became what it is today, homes would usually run about 60 amps of electricity. In recent decades, we’ve seen huge increases in the use of electricity to run our homes. As the use of technology increases, the demand for more power is needed in order to run heating and air conditioning units, high definition TV’s, and new hi-tech appliances. As a result, today’s households can require up to 200 amps of electricity in order to handle the day-to-day usage of electricity.
There are several different signs which indicate that a service panel may need to be upgraded. They may include occurrences of overheating breakers (otherwise known as “blowing a fuse”), moisture damage resulting in various corrosion factors, or the presence of out-of-date technology around the home. The service panel often needs to be upgraded in older homes to increase the capacity to allow for more circuits before a new wiring project can be added.
Call CBS Electric for any service changes or upgrades you may be looking for. Our qualified electricians can make sure the job is done properly, safely, and up to the standards of electrical and building codes.
Old Wiring in Service Panel
New Service Panel with Additional Circuit Breakers
Dedicated Breakers for Appliances
When an appliance is connected to a dedicated electrical circuit, it means that it doesn’t share the circuit and circuit breaker with any other electronic in your home. When you have a circuit supporting only one appliance, it’s referred to as a dedicated circuit, and it comes with its own breaker in the electrical panel.
Kitchens rely heavily on appliances that use a lot of power to generate heat, like ovens, electrical grills, and toasters, or have built-in motors, like garbage disposers, washing machines, and mixers. These two categories of appliances consume the most energy in your home.
Modern kitchens, on the other hand, are designed to accommodate as many electrical appliances as possible, usually with between 4 and 7 20-amp circuits. Having multiple circuits dramatically reduces the risk of overloading any particular circuit, especially when the major appliances are connected to their own dedicated circuits.
Below is just a sample of some appliances that require a dedicated breaker:
New Modern Hi-Tech Applicances
- Garbage Disposal
- Electric Range
- Water Heater
Deep Freeze (Chest Freezer)