Nowadays, the growing number of appliances and devices often overload the electrical systems of older houses, condominiums, and apartment buildings. This can lead to several problems that could have been prevented by updating electrical panels and wiring.
As noted by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than 25,000 electrical fires in the U.S. are reported every year, and they cause injury or death to at least 1,300 people. What may not be commonly known is that home electrical fires cause more monetary losses than non-electrical fires. Fortunately, electrical fires can be prevented by common sense methods as discussed below.
A commercial building’s electrical service capacity is primarily based upon the building’s wiring system capacity and any connected electrical equipment’s load calculations. The breaker or fuse box size can also provide an estimate of service capacity. An electric service upgrade may also include replacing the underground cables that are connected to service panels and meters.