Electrician in Point Pleasant, New Jersey

The Electrical Service Upgrade

An electrical service upgrade is required whenever a new load is introduced to the existing electrical system. A new air conditioning system, for example, is a prime candidate for an upgrade to 200 amps. Newly remodeled kitchens, bathrooms, basements or attics are also candidates for upgrades because of National Electric Codes that apply to the remodeling industry in the state of New Jersey.

But a new load introduced to the system isnít the only reason for upgrading. Condensation forms inside your panel when warm air meets cool air, especially if your current service was done using conduit or galvanized close nipples. This could cause a short-circuit between any two circuits and could lead to damage of equipment on that particular circuit.

Also, especially in older homes, circuits easily become overloaded because the original wiring in the home did not account for appliances such as coffee makers, microwaves, or large refrigerators. This often leads to burn marks caused from electrical arcing where the circuit breaker makes it connection to the energized parts and could badly damage equipment if not addressed in short order. New branch circuits for previously mentioned appliances solve this problem when the new service is installed but the new service alone will not solve this problem. You must install new branch circuits to solve any existing overloaded circuit.

Classic Electric, LLC, prefers to use all copper conductors when installing new electrical services because copper is simply a better conductor than aluminum. However, using copper is more labor intensive (and costly) because they need to be enclosed in electrical conduit such as PVC, or rigid steel conduit. The advantage of using copper over aluminum is that oxidation will eventually occur on the lugs where the aluminum is terminated and may become disconnected leaving you without power to half or all of your electrical panel. The bottom line is that aluminum heats up faster and over time is an unreliable electrical conductor. Choose copper.

Bronze Electrical Service:
50' of 4/0 aluminum service-entrance cable (straps and service head included)
1- 200 amp meter base to match utility company specs (PSEG, JCPL, etc)
1- 200 amp Main Breaker Square D Homeline 40 circuit panel
20- single pole 15 or 20 amp circuit breakers (any combination necessary)
2- double pole circuit breakers (up to 60 amps)
50' of #2 aluminum for grounding water pipe connections
25' of #6 copper for ground rod connections
2- 8' copper ground rods
1- 2'x4'x 3/4" plywood mounting board
Silver Electrical Service:
30' of 4/0 aluminum service-entrance cable (straps and service head included)
1- 200 amp meter base to match utility company specs (PSEG, JCPL, etc)
10' schedule 80 PVC *
30' of 4/0 aluminum conductor from meter to panel (encased in PVC)
1- 200 amp Main Breaker Square D Homeline 40 circuit panel
20- single pole 15 or 20 amp circuit breakers (any combination necessary)
2- double pole circuit breakers (up to 60 amps)
50' of #2 aluminum for grounding water pipe connections
25' of #6 copper for ground rod connections
2- 8' copper ground rods
1- 2'x4'x 3/4" plywood mounting board
*Required where subject to physical damage, driveway, walkway.
Gold Electrical Service:
30' of 2" PVC conduit (includes all necessary fittings)
90' of 2/0 copper conductor (rated for 200 amps)
1- 200 amp meter base to match utility company specs (PSEG, JCPL, etc)
1- 200 amp Main Breaker Square D 'QO' 40 circuit panel
All necessary single pole and double pole circuit breakers needed (except GFCI circuit breakers)
50' of #4 copper for grounding water pipe connections
25' of #6 copper for ground rod connections
2- 8' copper ground rods
1- 2'x4'x 3/4" plywood mounting board


Before
After

Pictured here is a recent upgrade from Federal Pacific to Square D electrical panels in a 2-family home with a separate owners panel. Updated grounding and bonding was done and a new 3/4Ē plywood mounting board was also installed. Permits and inspections are always included with a service upgrade.

Quality work expected, quality work delivered, guaranteed.

732-770-1437


Electrical Contractor & Electrician
Based in Point Pleasant, New Jersey
State License & Business Permit #16557

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