Over the years electricity has improved our way of life. Air Conditioning is probably the biggest consideration not to mention clothes washer, dishwasher, water heater, dryers, hot tubs and the list of things you can plug in goes on forever. At the very beginning of massive electrical consumption the main service on a building or a house was not very large due to trade standards and manual equipment do the chores. Each decade that went by more household and business items utilized electric. Today everything is electric.
The size of your service is based on the lighting, outlets, and appliances you have in your building or home. The most common times that a service change or service upgrade will need to be performed is:
- Burned or Melted
- Lightning damage
- New Appliances
- Air Conditioning Replacement or Upgrades
- Older Homes or Buildings
- Tree Limb Damage
- Rust and Corrosion
- Major Kitchen Remodeling
- Electric On Demand Water Heaters
- Removal Of Propane and Gas Appliances and Services
- Insurance requirements
- Purchase or sale of a home or business
From the overhead or underground lines outside your home to the point at which the utility company connects to your main electrical service is the extent of the power company's responsibility. That makes you, as the owner responsible for the maintenance for the main electrical service for your home or building. The components that you are responsible for is your meter box, overhead riser, grounding system, and also may include your main disconnect or circuit breaker panel. All of these items can fail at some point in time leaving you without power to your entire structure. A good way to prevent power loss from happening is to have a licensed electrician perform periodic safety inspectons. Service upgrades and repairs must be performed with electrical permits by a licensed electrician.