- The main electrical service cable is frayed or the strands inside the main cable are exposed. This condition leads to water penetrating the cable and compromising the meter socket or main panel.
- The main electrical panel is outdated. Many older brand panels and breakers such as Push-A-Matic or Federal Pacific have been condemned due to their non-tripping or overheating breakers creating a potential electrical hazard.
- You need additional power. Most homes main services are rated at 100 amps, if additional appliances are added to the service such as an electric oven, central air, or electric hot water heater the 100 amp service might be insufficient and a 200 amp service would be needed.
- You are adding circuitry and your main panel is undersized. Many older homes still have their original 12 circuit panel, and if appliances or dedicated lines are added installing a larger 20 or even 30 circuit panel would allow for the additional circuits
- You have fuses and want to upgrade to breakers. The older homes throughout Philadelphia originally had fuse boxes instead of breakers. This older method is outdated and many have been compromised by oversizing fuses or even installing pennies to allow the circuits to keep operating. Both of these methods are dangerous and can create a potential electrical fire hazard.
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