Electric panels and sub panels work the same way; however, they are two different panels. The sub panel feeds off the main electric panel and is only used if the main electric panel doesn’t have enough space. Electrical Panel and Sub Panel upgrades are common in certain situations, but should be done by an experienced electrician.
Upgrade Electric Panels
Is it time to upgrade your electric panels?
The major difference between upgrading an electric panel vs. upgrading your electric service is simply the removal of an existing electrical panel and replacing it with a new, higher amperage one. If you are experiencing any of the following situations, you need to upgrade your electrical panels.
- Home addition or renvoation project
- Using 60 Amp or 100 amp electrical service
- Panel box is making a crackling sound
- Ground fault interrupter (GFI) outlets are needed
- Need more outlets
- Circuit breakers trip frequently
- Using multiple extension cords
- Unable to run appliances at full power
- Flickering lights
- Outlets are two prongs which means they are not-grounded (GFCI)
- Need to add a sub panel
- Require a 240v circuit
- Power surge arrestor needed
- Homeowners insurance requires an upgrade
Always consult a licensed professional electrician to do any electrical work on your home or business. Electrical wiring projects are far too dangerous to be “do it yourself” projects because of the fire hazards they pose, and because of the risk of electrocution.
Upgrade Sub Panels
What is a sub panel and what are they used for?
Sub panels are electrical panels of a smaller size than the main service (circuit) panel. The structure of sub panels is basically the same as the larger service panel. Circuits lead off of the circuit breakers in various areas of the house.
A common reason for adding a sub-panel is simply that the main panel does not have any more room to add circuits. Adding a sub panel is easier and less expensive then a service upgrade.
At Cambridge Electric, we’ll evaluate your sub panel repair needs, and service/install sub panels for your home. Call us today to learn more.