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Electrical Panel Installation in Alaska
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Is my electrical panel safe? Our answers are always the same. What year was the house built? Also, have you ever had it inspected? If it has been 5 to 10 years and you have no record of any inspections, you owe it to yourself and your family to have it inspected. Along with inspections to assure your safety, there are also websites available to help rule out problematic panels.
Is My Panel Safe is a very helpful resource to help determine if your panel is safe or not. In the electrical industry, there are three panels that every electrical contractor will agree are the worst: Zinsco panels, Federal Pacific panels, and, of course, Fuse panels. All of which have been recalled due to extreme fire hazards. Electrical panels are the heart of your electrical system and are overlooked a lot of the time as being a simple "grey box".
Why Upgrade Your Electrical Panel?
In reality, the panel is the source that ties of all of the components together, making your system safe. If it constantly trips breakers and your panel is older than 20 years, you need to start thinking about electrical panel upgrades in Alaska. A service panel upgrade takes Supreme Electric one full day to complete. During the process, your home will not have power for roughly six to eight hours.
Along with a new panel, you are required to upgrade your grounding and bonding system. This consists of driving two eight-foot ground rods into the ground and bonding all metal piping to the electrical service. All panel changes come with a comprehensive panel schedule where all of the circuits in your home will be identified.
Things to look for: All electrical panels are not the same. Most contractors will install contractor grade panels to save on costs. At Supreme Electric, we want our homeowners to have options. If you want the best, we can deliver the best. If you are on a budget, we will try our absolute best to offer you a panel that meets your budget.
There are 3 different panels that Supreme Electric offers:
The first panel is a contractor grade panel. It has an aluminum housing and, more importantly, an aluminum bussing. This panel does not have an option for built-in whole home surge protection with limited 10-year manufacturer warranty.
The mid-grade CH copper buss panel is the upgrade from the aluminum option. This panel has a steel back pan, steel housing, silver plated copper bussing, and an industrial main breaker. This panel has a limited lifetime warranty on parts.
Finally, our top-of-the-line panel. We have done our research and Square D, GE, and Siemens do not stand up to theCH surge protector panel by Eaton. This panel is by far the industry's top-of-the-line product. This panel comes with a silver plated copper bussing, steel back pan, steel housing, industrial main breaker, whole home surge protector built into the panel, extended neutral bars, flush mount cover, and this panel has a limited lifetime warranty on parts. There is a reason why it is named our premium panel.
Helping You Choose a Panel that Fits Your Needs
As a consumer, you must understand what is being offered to you. There are ways to cut costs on panel upgrades. Most contractors offer contractor grade electrical panels to cut costs. You must read the warranties associated with each panel and make sure you are getting what best suits you and your family. Copper buss panels and surge protection pay for themselves in the long run. If you have any questions about electrical panels or another other electrical service, please give us a call at 907-561-7776.