Panel Upgrades

A 200 amp service upgrade is a significant task performed by Kinsmen Electric technicians to enhance the electrical capacity and safety of a customer's property. This process involves replacing outdated electrical equipment and components with modern ones to meet the increasing demands of modern electrical systems. Updating outdated electrical equipment is crucial for several reasons, including improved safety, increased electrical capacity, and compliance with current electrical codes and regulations.

The process of completing a 200 amp service upgrade typically involves the following steps:

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Initial Assessment

A Kinsmen Electric representative begins by conducting a thorough assessment of the existing electrical system. This includes inspecting the electrical panel, wiring, and other components to identify any potential safety hazards or deficiencies.

Design and Planning

Based on the assessment, Kinsmen Electric will take all the information gathered and design a new electrical system layout that can accommodate a 200 amp service. This involves determining the appropriate size and capacity of the electrical panel, calculating the wire gauge requirements, and identifying any necessary upgrades or modifications.

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Scheduling

Before commencing the upgrade, we coordinate with the local electrical authority and inspectors. This ensures that the work is carried out in compliance with safety regulations and codes.

Disconnecting Power

Once a day and time for the upgrade has been decided, a Kinsmen Electric technician shuts off the power supply to the property to ensure a safe working environment. This may involve coordinating with the utility company to disconnect the service temporarily.

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Removing Old Equipment

The outdated electrical panel, wiring, and other components are carefully removed to make way for the new equipment. Our technicians ensure proper disposal of the old materials, adhering to environmental guidelines.

Installing New Equipment

The new 200 amp electrical panel, along with any upgraded wiring, breakers, and grounding systems, is installed according to the designed layout. The technician ensures that all connections are secure and properly insulated.

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Testing and Inspection

Once the installation is complete, the technician conducts comprehensive testing to verify the functionality and safety of the upgraded system. This includes checking voltage levels, grounding, and performing load tests to ensure the system can handle the expected electrical demands.

Finalizing the Upgrade

After passing the required inspections, the technician connects the property's electrical system to the utility supply. The power is restored, and the customer can now enjoy the benefits of the upgraded 200 amp service.

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Updating outdated electrical equipment is of utmost importance for several reasons. Firstly, it enhances safety by reducing the risk of electrical hazards such as electrical shocks, fires, or short circuits. Outdated equipment may have deteriorated insulation or faulty components, making them more prone to failures and accidents.  Secondly, a 200 amp service upgrade provides increased electrical capacity, accommodating the growing demand for electricity in modern homes. With the proliferation of electrical appliances, gadgets, and technology, older electrical systems may struggle to handle the load, leading to frequent tripping of breakers or inadequate power supply.

In conclusion, the process of completing a 200 amp service upgrade involves meticulous assessment, planning, installation, and testing of electrical equipment. By updating outdated electrical systems, customers can enjoy improved safety, increased electrical capacity, and compliance with current codes. Kinsmen Electric technicians play a vital role in ensuring a smooth and successful upgrade, ultimately providing our customers with reliable and efficient power for their property.

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