Heavy Ups and Panel Changes

Historic Homes for Today's Living

 

The Washington DC area is known for its great neighborhoods, full of houses with charm and character. Unfortunately, many of these houses are equipped with undersized electrical systems from decades ago. As a result, we occasionally encounter cloth-wrapped service cables and wiring, which become frayed, brittle, and potentially hazardous.

 

Old electrical systems can be unsafe

These 100 amp systems originally installed weren’t built to handle the electrical needs of today’s homeowners.  Central air conditioning, modern appliances, and always-on computers can overload a weak system at the circuit panel and cause catastrophic results. Most older panels do not have a main breaker, so a short circuit doesn’t just turn off the electricity; it can result in a major electrical fire.

 

Upgrade Your Electrical System's Capacity

A heavy-up replaces your old service panel with one of larger capacity. It requires a permit, and a licensed, highly experienced electrician must perform this task. Next, a county official inspects and approves the work, followed by Pepco or another utility company making the final connection at the line side of the meter. The result is stable power, better grounding,  space for additional circuits, and the main breaker shut-off for emergencies.

 

Contact us about your service panel needs.

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"We have worked with Wilcox for a number of projects and had their help on a heavy up. They were wonderful in coordinating with PEPCO and following up with them to make sure they followed through when PEPCO repeatedly dropped the ball. They also rescued us when PEPCO left the job without removing old hanging wires that looked like a potential safety hazard. They had someone out to help us within an hour of my call even when it wasn't on the schedule. Wilcox is the only electrician we'll use at this point." - LF, Angi

 

Work Completed: Heavy up.