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How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

By Electrician Springdale,

Electrical Panel Replacement

Knowing if it is time for an electrical panel replacement is not as easy as it seems, but there can be a few indicators that it might be time to check it out. But first, let’s cover the basics of electrical panels.

An electrical panel, also known as a circuit breaker box or an electrical box, is a metal box that contains your home’s circuit breaker switches. The switches can turn off or “trip” when a power surge is detected, or you can turn them off manually. 

Each switch controls the electrical current to a specific part of your home. For example, there are switches for kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and more. 

You probably repair or replace electrical components like outlets and wires regularly. But an electrical panel might go under the radar. It isn’t used very often and is built to last many years. 

However, an electrical panel will need replacing eventually. 

Here at Mister Sparky Electric, we’ve found answers to some of your most pressing questions regarding electrical panel replacement. 

If an electrical emergency arises and you need help, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Mister Sparky Electric! 

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How to Know If I Need an Electrical Panel Replacement

When should I replace my electrical panel? 

At Mister Sparky, we recommend that you replace your electrical panel every 25 years. If you have a panel that’s 25 years old but it seems to function correctly, we recommend having a licensed electrician inspect it for you. 

Another good time to have an electrician inspect your electrical panel is when you move into a new home. You might not know exactly how old the electrical panel is, so having an electrician inspect it for you will tell you if it needs replacing or not. 

Can I replace my electrical panel myself? 

While testing an electrical panel is relatively simple, replacing one is not. However, if you are qualified, experienced, and licensed to work on electrical components in homes, you could replace an electrical panel. 

But if you’re not, you should call a professional. 

Where are electrical panels located? 

You can often find electrical panels in a house in a garage, laundry room, or basement. In an apartment, they can be anywhere except in bathrooms or closets. 

What is an electrical panel upgrade? 

An electrical panel upgrade, also known as a main panel upgrade (MPU), is a panel replacement. You ‘upgrade’ the old one with a new box and new breakers. 

A replacement is an excellent time to increase the amperage of your box, too. You should consider upgrading if you want to add some large appliances to your home or heavy machinery. 

Is it worth upgrading my electrical panel? 

Old electrical panels are the leading cause of electrical fires. So, having an old panel is a fire hazard to you, your family, and your home. 

Upgrading can be a worthwhile investment to help ensure safety from electrical fires. 

How much is a new electrical panel for houses? 

The cost of a new electrical panel depends on the amperage. Panels that can handle 100 amps start at around $850. Expect 200-amp panels to cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,500. 

A 400-amp panels costs between $2,000 and $4,000. Low-amp subpanels start at $500. 

Older homes typically require more amperage than modern homes. (All figures are industry estimates. Price may vary depending on location.) 

How many amps do I need my electrical panel to handle for my home? 

Most homes require at least 100 amps. However, one hundred amps will satisfy most medium-size homes with multiple large appliances and a central air conditioning unit. 

Homes over 2,000 square feet with multiple appliances and a central air conditioning unit may need a 200-amp panel. 

Homes with a sauna, a pool, or heavy machinery may need a 400-amp panel. 

How many electrical panels are there in a home? 

There is usually one electrical panel in a home. However, additional subpanels sometimes control electricity to a specific area, like a guest house or area added beyond the original home. 

How can I tell if my electrical panel is full? 

First, take a look inside your panel. If every slot is filled with a breaker, you might assume you’re at maximum capacity. But look closely at the panel’s door. 

A marker of 20/40 means you’ll have twenty slots, but they can handle up to forty circuits. 

If there isn’t a marker to indicate your panel’s capacity, you’ll need to call an electrician to determine the actual load. 

How long does an electrical panel replacement take? 

A simple electrical panel replacement takes between four and eight hours. If the electrician needs to access the wiring in the walls, labor costs can increase to $450. 

(All figures are industry estimates. Price and time may vary depending on location and company.) 

Where can I get an electrical panel replacement service near me? 

Electrical panel replacement with Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale is the choice for you. Here’s how it works! 

  • Make an appointment online: Online or over the phone is the best way to make an appointment with us! Let us know what you’re looking for and when you’re available. If it’s an emergency, call 911. Let us know if it’s not an emergency but needs immediate attention from an electrician. 
  • Get an estimate: Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale will give you an estimate for our services to the best of our ability. However, if you aren’t satisfied with your estimate, let us know! We can adjust our services depending on your needs and budget. 
  • Set up Track Your Tech™: Track Your Tech™ is a service we provide that keeps you up to date on the progress of your appointment. You’ll know when your electrician is on the way, when they start working, get further updates throughout the job, and when it’s complete. 

In conclusion

Here at Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, we hope to have answered some of your most pressing questions regarding electrical panels and electrical panel replacement. 

If you’re interested in replacing your electrical panel, give us a call or visit our website to schedule an appointment. 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale can provide you with many electrical services. We have experts who can quickly get the help you need for repairs, maintenance, installation, and replacement.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

Types of Electric Car Chargers in Springdale

By Springdale Electrician,

This is a cover photo for the blog Types of Electric Car Chargers.

Electrical vehicles (EV’s) are emerging as the preferred option by customers, and consequently, more car manufacturers are producing electric vehicles. You might have heard people compliment EV’s for their untroubled, quiet, and convenient lack of unnecessary fueling stops. More and more gas stations are choosing to provide electric charging for EV owners. Just around Springdale, Fayetteville and Bentonville,  there are over 130 EV Charging stations you can access. There are also many different types of home electric car chargers available, and more will be manufactured as the popularity of EVs emerge.  If you have an electric vehicle, you should install a home EV charging station instead of making long stops at the public charging station. Though you must use a certified electrician to perform the Electric Car Charger installation, if you DIY, manufacturers will void the warranty. 

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What Different Types of Electric Car Chargers are There?Infographic types of electric car chargers in Springdale. Electric car charger installation.

There are three major types of electric car chargers in Springdale: energy star certified level 1, level 2, and level 3. We categorize electric vehicle chargers according to the power output, which directly influences the charging rates of an electric vehicle EV. Direct Current is costly to install but is the fastest, with 80% charging in 20 minutes. DC fast charges charge some models up to 80% in about 20 minutes, whereas in some models, the charging time is an hour. DC fast chargers supply power at 50 kW and operate on CHAdeMO or CCS charging techniques. 

Car models such as Nissan Leaf employ the CHAdeMO rapid charging. Level 2 chargers (Fast chargers) supply AC power at either 7 kW or 22kW. 22 kW chargers recharge your car in under 2 hours, while 22 kW chargers recharge your car in about 6 hours. However, your car’s inbuilt charger influences charging rates as some models are only compatible with the 7 kW charger. Level 1 chargers supply power at a rate of 1.5kW and are cheaper than the other chargers. 

Most EV car owners employ slow charging, leaving their cars to charge to 100% overnight. Slow charging is unsuitable for public EV charging stations because it takes a long time to charge a car fully. It is worth noting that the faster chargers use more kilowatt-hours when charging your car.

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Do All Electric Vehicles Use the Same Types of Electric Car Chargers in Springdale?

Each electric vehicle uses the same charger for level 1 and level 2 charging. The universal J1772 connector is compatible with any electric car. However, you will be required to bring your cable if your car uses one that is non-rapid charging. 

Your car manufacturer gives you the cable upon purchasing the car, and you should store the cable inside your car. Although all cables are compatible with the charger, you should carry your cable since there are variations in inlet sockets. For rapid chargers, the cables are not detachable from the charging unit, so it is necessary to find a charger that is compatible with your vehicle model.

What Size Electric Car Charger Do I Need? 

Your electrical installation and the car’s onboard range influence the size of the EV charger you need. Generally, most cars have voltage specifications of 40 amp and a 240-volt charger measurement. These specifications should guide you when purchasing your car’s charger. 

It would help if you also considered your model’s charger type- rapid, fast, or slow. The amount of space you have impacts the cord length to choose. It is more convenient to store shorter cables, but longer cables allow drivers to charge the vehicles at any distance from the charger. For example if you are keeping your car in the driveway it worth looking into longer charging cords. There are two options of plug types to choose from, 14-50 plug or a 6-50 plug. The 14-50 plug is vital for a 40 amp home charging setup. While the 6-5o plug is better fit for a home that is modified for a 240-volt charging station.

What are The Dangers of Installing the Charger Myself?

A DIY installation of the charger might result in exposed cables that are worn out with some wires extruding. The extruding wires pose a safety threat since people might get electrocuted. If you blunder while installing the charger, you could cause large-scale circuit shorting or a fire in the worst scenario. Electric vehicles require a high amount of power of 240 volts. Installing your own electric car charger in Springdale can void the warranty of some vehicles or charging stations.

Can Mister Sparky’s Electricians Install Different Types of Chargers in Your Home?This is an example of what an electric car charging looks like.

The majority of the people prefer home charging to public charging. Charging at home is easy since you it is easier to do things around the house, or even sleep while your car is being charged.All that needs to be done is, plug in your vehicle, and walk away. If you are using a level-3 charger at a charging station it is not as easy to continue on, doing the things you need to get done. Usually you are stuck waiting in your car or in a lobby of a charging station.

Furthermore, it is cost-effective to charge at home at night due to the affordable tariffs. Installing car chargers at home is much more convenient in the long run, you should always remember to carefully select the location for your charger. Do you prefer installing the charger in a garage or the driveway? Pay attention to the type of charger indoor rated or outdoor rated before installation. For best results it is important to call your locally serviced Mister Sparky’s Electrician in Springdale to ensure your charger is installed properly.

Why Is It Important to Get a Certified Electrician to Install My Electric Car Charger?

Sound knowledge of your houses’ electrical circuit, and the circuit of your charger is crucial for proper installation. Professional service is required to prevent your charger from short-circuiting due to a botched installation. With proper installation, you will be ensure that your cars expensive battery is not ruined as well as protection of your home in the process. Hiring a certified electrician also ensures adherence to regulations such as wiring regulations. Electricians validate that the installation process adhered to the rules and guaranteed safety.

In some cases, the government will require you to produce an adherence certificate or face a fine. There are also some insurance companies that require you to have the adherence certificate if your charger becomes faulty. For example, the charger might be destroyed by excess electric surge or lightning. Hiring a certified electrician is important because insurance companies might not cover such unforeseen damages if you do not provide an adherence certificate.

In Conclusion

We can categorize car chargers according to the charging speed as level 1, level 2, or level 3. All electric cars use the same charger, but the charger end varies in the inlet sockets. Ultimately, you should hire a certified electrician to install home chargers to prevent damage and ensure your safety.

Mister Sparky Electrician Springdale, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

What to Know About Lighting Installations

By Springdale Electrician,

Whether it’s natural or accent, good Lighting Installations can completely change the feeling of your home. Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tips for lighting in your home to create an ambiance day and night.

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Home Lighting Installations

Installing light fixtures is a daunting task that might be disastrous for the home if not done correctly. After selecting a fixture that you love and is perfect for your home, the next step is putting it up. Unfortunately, installing lighting fixtures can become a task of great difficulty.

Homes have many obstacles such as cables, boxes, switches, and more that make installing lighting fixtures tough to do without knowing what you are doing. However, there are some things to keep in mind when installing new light fixtures. First off, make sure the fixture is compatible with the switch that is already controlling the light.

It does not make sense to install a fixture only to find out that it won’t turn on because it is incompatible with your current wiring. Sometimes, people have to return their new lights and start looking for a new fixture, only to repeat this process repeatedly until they find a suitable match.

Hire a Professional to do Your InstallationsThis is a picture of an electrician preforming Lighting Installations

The already complex process of fixture installations can sometimes turn fatal if not done correctly. Due to the complexity, hiring a professional to do the building for you is preferable to avoid further complications.

Hiring a professional electrician does not mean it will cost hundreds of extra dollars. On the contrary, sometimes you might end up paying less than if you had done it yourself. In addition, it can be cheaper because you will avoid wasting time and money on lights that do not fit the existing wiring.

Cost factors can be depending on the location and complexity of the task. For example, the average for hiring a professional can be between $100 and $200 per hour. Still, the cost is less than replacing light fixtures that are incompatible with the switch you already had at home, even though the fixture was compatible with another type of switch.

How Much Does Lighting Installation Cost?

Multiple factors go into the cost of putting up lighting fixtures. For example, the type of lighting you are installing, the kind of material the fixture is made of, and if it requires any additional decorative added to beautify it are all factors that affect how much lighting installations will cost.

The cost of light fixtures can vary widely depending on the quality and style you want to be installed. If your budget is limited, you can choose options that look simple but will still brighten up your home at a lower price point. To get a better value from your installation, consider your ceiling height when shopping for new fixtures. This will help ensure they fit in the space you will be installing the light. In addition, ceiling height can affect the type of light you choose by ensuring your room will be adequately lit.

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Types of Lighting InstallationsThis is an infographic for What to Know About Lighting Installations

 There are multiple types of lighting installations depending on the type and number of fixtures you’re looking to place in your home. For example, as mentioned on our lighting installation page:

  • Task lighting – is mainly functional and is usually the most concentrated, for purposes such as reading or inspection of materials.

  • Accent lighting – is mainly decorative, intended to highlight pictures, plants, or other elements of interior design or landscaping.

  • General lighting – fills in between task and accent and is intended for general illumination of an area. This includes your ceiling lighting or floor and table lamps.

  • Interior Lighting – Interior lighting systems are one of the most effective ways to increase the safety and security of your home. A well-lit house is a deterrent to any criminal. You will have peace of mind and can feel safe knowing that you are coming home every night to a perfectly lit home.

  • Incandescent light – Incandescent light bulbs are a source of electric light that works by incandescence (a general term for heat-driven light emissions). An electric current passes through a thin filament, heating it until it produces light.

Our trusted electricians can suit these different installation types depending on your needs for that home area. It is best to consult a professional before making any decisions.

Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, be sure to get all the necessary wiring and fixtures you need before commencing with the installations. Hiring a professional will ensure that your light works after being installed. Helping avoid having to return anything you have already bought if they don’t fit in your home’s existing wiring.

Lighting Installations Near Me in Springdale

Choosing a professional in Springdale to handle your lighting needs can be time-consuming and frustrating. If you’re looking for a trustworthy and affordable service, visit the following top-ranking installation company: