If you’re remodeling or adding on to your home, it may be necessary to add breakers to your main fuse box. This can be a fairly straightforward process, but you’re still dealing with electricity, so unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it can make sense to hire a professional. As residential electricians in Greenville, the team at Dipple can make sure your home is ready for the increased demand your new addition and the appliances and electronics within will put on the system.
Full-Size and Tandem Breakers
You may have been researching fuse boxes and breaker panels, and perhaps you came across “full-size” and “tandem” circuit breakers. If you’re unsure what the difference between the two is, our electricians will gladly explain it, but simply put, tandem breakers allow for two circuits to be installed in a breaker box, where full-size breakers control one circuit. They are most often used when a panel is full and the homeowner needs to wire more circuits into the box. However, it’s important to be sure that your panel can accept tandem breakers. Older panels can only accept a certain number of circuits, and you don’t want to compromise your system by putting tandem breakers in the wrong spot.
Another option for new electrical wiring for your addition is to add a “subpanel,” which is simply another breaker box that adds circuit capacity. The subpanel can be installed next to or near the main panel, or you can place it closer to the area of the home to which it will be supplying power. Our electricians will speak with you about the best placement, ensuring that the chosen spot has the appropriate clearance above, below, and in front of the panel. The location of the subpanel will determine the size of wiring needed for the feed cable and the wires running to the new outlets.
Checking the Work
Our team always checks their electrical work when they’re finished to ensure that all wiring is secure, and that the neutrals and grounds are installed properly. We want you to feel confident that your new or expanded breaker panel is safe and functional, and that you can turn on the lights or your new TV without fear of blowing a fuse.
When you need electrical work in Greenville, call on the experts at Dipple to provide friendly and professional service. We can handle any project, and look forward to helping you!