If you are experiencing dim lights or power failures you may need a panel upgrade. Your utility provider has enough power, but your home needs to be set up to use the power safely. The panel needs to be sized with the appropriate breaker. This is chosen based on NES code regulations. After home’s energy needs have been calculated, you can pick the appropriate equipment to start the installation.
Steps to a panel upgrade:
If you are not a licensed professional do not attempt to repair or alter your elecrical panel without consulting an expert.
Make sure panel is de-energized and that no power is running to the panel!
Use diagonal-cutting pliers to sever all wires inside the existing electrical panel.
Unscrew and remove the old electrical panel from the wall.
Screw a large ¾-inch-thick plywood panel to the wall for mounting of the new electrical panel.
Feed the SE cable through the top of the new electrical panel, then screw the panel to the plywood.
Use a torpedo level to ensure the panel is level.
Make all the electrical connections inside the electrical panel.
Feed the house circuits into the panel, making sure each cable passes through a cable connector.
Connect the bare-copper ground wires and white-insulated wires to the ground and neutral bar inside the panel.
Plug new circuit breakers into the bus bar.
Run the main ground wire from the bottom of the electrical panel to the copper water main.
Have the utility company reconnect the electrical cables to the exterior of the house.
Label each breaker with the correct house circuit.
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