Electrical Panel Upgrades

Electrical Panel Replacements in Virginia Beach, Norfolk & Chesapeake

nipperelectric-working-on-panel-boxThe NFPA (The National Fire Protection Agency) cites electrical fires as being a top cause of residential fires in the United States. Many electrical fires come from old worn wiring or low-grade panels that have been upgraded to support more amps. Nipper Electric can keep you and your home safe with our trusted experience in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk & Chesapeake area.

Upgrade Electrical Panel – When & Why

Your home’s electrical system centers around the electrical control panel, or breaker box, located in your home. This electrical panel connects your home to power lines fueled by the utility company. The currents running from the electrical panel run to the various circuits throughout your home. Your total electrical usage cannot be more than the amp limit on your panel.

Some homes have electrical panels that hold enough amp limits for their usage. Many other homes are struggling to keep up with electrical demands coming from multiple device users. This is not even including regular appliance amp usage. This is just a sample of some of the amp requirements for your daily appliances and devices.

  • Desktop computer – 3.5 Amps
  • Laptop computer – 1.6 Amps
  • Electric Stove – 50 Amps
  • Central Air Conditioners 30 Amps
  • Blow Dryers and Flat Irons – 18 Amps
  • iPad/ iPhone charger – 2.1 Amps

Each of these appliances or devices may not seem like a lot of energy use, but when used together or including multiple devices charging at once, it can overwhelm even the best electrical panel. The minimum amp amount for homes is currently 100 amp, for homes with many devices, an electrical panel upgrade might be necessary. Nipper Electric can help you understand your electrical amp usage and find the perfect fit.

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Older homes were built to last, but they are either don’t meet amp requirements or are struggling to keep up with multiple device users. Homes built anytime during the 1800s to the mid-1900s used a knob and tube wiring system. The ceramic knobs that are used to hold wiring wear down over time. This can be dangerous for homeowners. Here are some clues that it might be time to ask Nipper Electric, “Should I upgrade my electrical panel?”

  • Circuit-breakers that trip often.
  • Sparking and/or popping win plugging into outlets. This can mean a loose wire.
  • Rust on the electrical panel or meter could be a sign of water leaks.
  • Plugs that no longer have a tight fit. This could be a sign of worn contacts which are a big fire hazard.
  • Switches that don’t work well, with lights going on and off and on again. This is another sign that contacts are beginning to fail.
  • Outlets that are giving off any heat.
  • Lots of extension cord usage. Too many extension cords can overload your circuit. A skilled electrician can add outlets.

Even newer homes will require you to do panel upgrades every 30 years. Newer electrical panels have numbered switches, called circuit breakers. With a chart inside the door of the electrical panel, you have all the information you need about which circuits control which areas of your home. An unlabeled electrical panel needs a detailed list of the circuits and what they control on the inside of the panel door to enable you to use the panel effectively. Let us install a new electrical panel before something goes wrong.

Cost To Upgrade Electrical Panel

electrical-panel-boxAs with any improvements, electrical panel upgrade cost can become a major concern for homeowners.  At Nipper Electric, we use a clear cut pricing system that will give you the best work available at a reasonable price. The cost of any electrical panel replacement / upgrade is going to depend on the amount of AMP installed. If the job is upgrading electrical panel from 100 to 200, cost is anywhere from $1,299 to $1,999 while a 400 Amp panel can go to $4,000. The 200 Amp panel upgrade is one of the most common ones requested.

In any case, always call a trained and certified electrician. Electrical work will need certain permits and inspections for home insurance to cover work. The only way you to do upgrade electrical panel without permit is for limited maintenance on your home. But even with small maintenance you can run into problems. A skilled electrician will know which Amp power you need and which permits you will need to start work. NipperElectric can answer any questions and concerns you have, such as:

  • Electrical panel upgrade cost.
  • Upgrading electrical panel from 100 to 200 cost.
  • Any electrical service upgrade concerns.
  • The difference between a 200 Amp panel upgrade and a higher amp upgrade.
  • Which panel upgrade permit do I need?
  • Can I do an electrical panel replacement without permit?
  • What do I need for my electrical wiring home panel upgrade?
  • How long does it take to perform electrical service upgrade from start to end?

Honest and Reliable Electricians

If you are looking to follow requirements or stay safe, a professional and experienced electrician in Virginia Beach, Virginia is your best bet. It is not a good idea to try an upgrade electrical panel DIY. Electrical wiring work is tricky and dangerous. Our staff at NIPPER ELECTRIC has the skill needed to protect your home. We even do aircraft panel upgrades, so we can handle it all.

Nipper Electric Inc. also offers a lifetime warranty (up to 25 years) on our labor. While the material is warrantied by manufacturers, we feel so strongly about our work that we will stand by it. This way, your electric paneling has double coverage. For example if your circuit breakers are under a 25-year warranty and something goes wrong with the equipment, the manufacturer will cover you. If something with the work needs repair, we will fix it.

Warranty Information

  • Does not cover:
    • Natural disasters/ Accidents
    • Abuse to the equipment
    • Neglect or damage already covered by homeowner insurance.
  • Lasts up to 25 years, which is the accepted life expectancy of the equipment.
  • We will replace or repair covered defective materials and/or workmanship.
  • You must keep your warranty, invoice and contract in a secure location.
  • In the case of selling your home, the warranty is transferred to future owners.
  • We will not pay for other losses, such as spoiled refrigerated or frozen food or extra living expenses.
  • If another electrician works on the equipment, the warranty becomes void.

If you have any questions about our warranties, call us at 757-842-1710 or schedule an appointment online today. NipperElectric.net does work you can depend on.

FACEBOOK REVIEWS

Amber Mantel
Amber Mantel
2017-04-26T14:48:06+0000
Installation went smooth. They were very polite and the best part is they actually clean up after themselves.read more
Sherri Towey
Sherri Towey
2017-03-29T15:56:52+0000
They are professional, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. I am very happy with the quality of service they have provided and highly recommend them.read more
Mitch Hyskell
Mitch Hyskell
2017-03-27T17:35:09+0000
They are very quick to respond and very knowledgeable about how to get the work done as quick as possible. I have used them for checking outlets to make sure there grounded to installing breaker boxes and have had very good experiences with all of it. I would recommend them to everyone who need electrical work done!read more
Linda Balderson
Linda Balderson
2017-01-27T12:38:30+0000
They were great !! I called one day and they had a new outlet installed by the end of the next day. Would definitely recommend and use them again .read more
Cynthia Apple McLeod
Cynthia Apple McLeod
2017-01-18T23:48:33+0000
Had outlet installed, very reasonable and professional. I called on Wednesday and within 48 hours they provide me a quote and install the outlet. I will without hesitation call Nipper Electric first in the future for any electrical issues I may have.read more
Judy M. Martin-Ayers
Judy M. Martin-Ayers
2016-11-21T18:05:27+0000
Very professional , knowledgeable , awesome clean up , Courtious
Malka Zipperstein
Malka Zipperstein
2016-10-26T19:57:21+0000
Excellent, timely work. Very professional and courteous. I had a new chandelier placed in my foyer, They replaced it quickly and disposed of the old chandelier and the box that new one came with for me. Not only did they clean up after themselves, but one of the guys asked me if it was okay to turn in the vacuum bc he didn't want the loud noise to scare the baby. SUPER thoughtful. A++++ you guys are doing it right!read more
Angelle Rose Campbell
Angelle Rose Campbell
2016-10-07T14:12:09+0000
Edward Reddick Jr.
Edward Reddick Jr.
2016-08-19T17:30:36+0000
I had a short notice request to remove an electric cooktop. Trey was able to reroute a technician and they arrived within an hour. Zach was professional and courteous. It could not have been a better experience. I highly recommend Nipper to anyone who needs an electrician.read more
Lauren Merritt
Lauren Merritt
2016-08-10T16:56:25+0000
Very friendly, great service! I would highly recommend!
Donna Euliss Huddleston
Donna Euliss Huddleston
2016-06-29T20:48:41+0000
I come from a perspective of "things happen." And unfortunately something did. When I called Nipper, a he-said, she-said situation arose with my tenant that could have turned ugly. Nipper didn't go there. I was very pleased with the way they responded to my call. Now I could see how they handled an adverse situation. And I get be them very High marks! I have several rentals; and I will definitely used them again. Their pricing is very fair.read more
David Sacks
David Sacks
2016-06-29T17:26:20+0000
Nipper Electric diagnosed and fixed the electrical problem at my house. They are a very professional and well run business. Friendly, prompt, and experts at what they do. All my questions were answered in a courteous and patient manner. I definitely would recommend Nipper Electric and plan to use them for future work.read more
Sean Christian
Sean Christian
2016-06-25T20:15:00+0000
Nipper Electric has the highest level of professionalism. Trey Nipper was quick to respond to my request. He and his team did an excellent job installing interior and exterior lighting as well as an exterior power receptical. The work was neat, clean and thorough. He took time discuss our needs and ensured the job met our requirements throughout the job. I would recommend him to anyone and I will definitely call him for any future work. Sean C. Virginia Beach, Varead more
Theresa Pierce
Theresa Pierce
2016-06-12T13:27:35+0000
Eric Schweizer
Eric Schweizer
2016-05-10T16:19:08+0000
Reasonable price, quality work and exceptional customer service/relations! My wife and I were expecting a baby any day when we encountered an electrical issue in the nursery that we needed fixed as soon as possible. I called Nipper Electric and Trey Nipper called me back 10 minutes later. They were able to send out a technician who found and fixed the issue the same day. Given our busy schedule with baby planning, it was a relief to work with a company like Nipper who took care of our issue quickly. We will definitely be using Nipper Electric in the future. If you are in the search for an electrician, your search is over... just give Nipper Electric a call.read more
Nancy Y Smith
Nancy Y Smith
2016-04-30T17:47:12+0000
Nipper Electric is by far the best electrician company I have ever hired. Trey and his guys ROCK! They do such exemplary work every time. Last fall, they rewired practically our entire home and modernized our system in the walls, meters, lighting, ceiling fans, outlets, under-counter lighting. You name it; they do it. Such a class act and so professional, GRADE "A" WORK. I can't say enough about this organization and their crew. From start to finish, they dealt with all the inspections, went above and beyond the norm. We just had Nipper Electric back at our home yesterday with outside lighting, more indoor work, and, once again, their work is exceptional. My Mom hired them to rework her under-counter lighting that was put in by another "not-up-to-par" electrician less than a year ago. She was so unhappy with her only 9-month old under-counter lighting that she decided to hire Nipper Electric because of the great work they did for my brother and me. And she is so happy with her new under-counter lighting replacement by Nipper Electric. She only wishes my brother and I had found them before she had her kitchen lighting installed. She's so happy now! And my brother and I are again giving rave reviews to Nipper Electric. Thank you Trey, Zach and Jessie. We feel like you guys are friends now! Thanks, Nancy Y. Smithread more
Yvonne Du Buy
Yvonne Du Buy
2016-04-26T05:48:57+0000
I was extremely impressed with this company, beginning with the VP, Trey, who came to my home to assess my particular situation, which was to convert a Fiberstars fiberoptic pool light to an LED light. Trey is highly intelligent and willing to take the time to research the situation at hand and study the data I had managed to collect for this undertaking. The electricians, Zack and Jessie, who came to do the work were also highy professional, congenial, hard-working, and knowledgeable and completed the task iwith exceptional efficiency in spite of the fact that they had never done such a conversion before. I am delighted with the outcome and would highly recommend Nipper Electric for any of your electrical needs.read more
Bob Carr
Bob Carr
2016-04-09T16:26:34+0000
Martin Moore
Martin Moore
2015-12-31T14:39:39+0000
Jackson Shelley
Jackson Shelley
2015-12-30T20:50:52+0000
Tim Burns
Tim Burns
2015-11-20T04:24:13+0000
Trey and Zack installed a variety of lights all over our home. The installation included wall sconces, recessed ceiling lights, combo bathroom exhaust/light fans, and under counter kitchen led lights. Their work was very professionally done, without any setbacks. They cleaned up after the job was finished and left our house spotless. You can't go wrong with this company.read more
Tracy Fentress
Tracy Fentress
2015-08-21T20:23:48+0000
Wendy Gray
Wendy Gray
2015-08-17T23:46:14+0000
Thanks Zack for installing my new exhaust fan in the bathroom! Sorry about the messy attic!
Joseph Linan
Joseph Linan
2015-07-16T18:39:28+0000