Green Box Mechanical provides Portland’s electrical panel upgrade services. Our electrical services technicians are experts in their field and can help you find the right electrical panel for your home.
The first step of this process is contacting Green Box Mechanical to set up your home consultation. One of our expert electricians will meet you at your home or your place of business in order to assess your needs and give you a clear explanation of your options in terms you’ll understand.
Green Box Mechanical’s electricians are licensed, bonded, insured, and highly adept in home and commercial electrical projects, and panel installation is one of our specialties. We’ll evaluate your needs, present hassle-free recommendations, all while providing you an array of options in accordance with your budget and expectations.
Our goal is meeting yours, so our team strives to give you the service you need and the value you deserve through our work.
HOW DO I KNOW IT’S TIME TO UPGRADE MY HOME OR BUSINESS’S ELECTRICAL PANEL?
In some instances, an electrical panel must be upgraded due to age or changes in electrical codes and standards. Sometimes, certain brands of electrical panels are recalled. Both of these examples present potential safety hazards that must be addressed.
More often, panel upgrades must be addressed when a home or business has reached its electrical capacity and there is no room to add additional circuits. These needs can include electrical demands related to building or home remodels, electric vehicle recharging stations, air conditioning, pools, or hot tubs. In order to accommodate these new requirements, a panel upgrade must be addressed.
DO DIFFERENT TYPES OF ELECTRICAL PANELS HAVE DIFFERENT COSTS FOR INSTALLATION? ARE THERE TIERS OR A WAY TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
The difference in cost will relate to how many Amps (and therefore circuits) the electrical panel can accommodate. We usually recommend a 200 Amp-rated panel in order to assure for the capacity and needs of most modern homes and families. That said, in some cases, we do assist clients in the replacement of 100 or 125 Amp-rated panels, if that’s what their needs require.
ARE THERE LOCAL CODES THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN UPGRADING MY ELECTRICAL PANEL, ARE THERE LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL ELECTRICAL CODES THAT MUST BE CONSIDERED?
Yes, there are specific local electrical code requirements that must be met when doing an electrical panel upgrade installation, and Green Box Mechanical always meets and tries to exceed these requirements for maximum safety, efficiency, and performance.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN ELECTRICAL PANEL? WHICH BRANDS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
When choosing the right electrical panel for your home, we always ask our clients to consider what their electrical needs are today, and what they might be five to ten years from now. For example, are you considering upgrading your home with air conditioning? An electric vehicle charging station? Having the foresight to plan ahead for these upgrades now can help prevent headaches later.
We work with all respected, reliable, and established brands, including Eaton, Leviton, and General Electric.
ARE THERE ANY IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL PANEL FEATURES I SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHEN CONSIDERING AN ELECTRICAL PANEL UPGRADE?
One of the most important features to be aware of is a main breaker. This allows you to shut off all circuits simultaneously should the need arise. Also consider brands. We recommend and install known, reputable brands for reasons of reliability, manufacturer warranty, and compatibility.
This is equally important when it comes to breakers, which should always be compatible with manufacturer specifications. Many of our clients also prefer to have total home surge protection added to their panels in order to protect all their home’s circuits from damage that can be caused by sudden power outages.
Green Box’s electrical technicians will schedule a time to install your new electrical panel. We make sure to install it according to the manufacturer’s recommendation and comply with local code. Your new electrical panel will also be tested thoroughly to make sure that everything is functioning and effective.
WHAT WILL I NOTICE OR WHAT WILL FEEL DIFFERENT WHEN WE GET OUR NEW ELECTRICAL PANEL INSTALLED?
The most important thing you’ll feel when you get your electrical panel upgrade is peace of mind. You can be assured that your new panel will be installed safely, will accommodate your electrical needs, and will expand your capacity for long-term projects that require power.
THERE ARE SO MANY ONLINE TUTORIALS OUT THERE. IS IT DANGEROUS TO INSTALL AN ELECTRICAL PANEL BY MYSELF?
Here’s the thing about tinkering with your home’s electrical panel: The danger of lethal shock is very real. Electrical panels are extremely complicated pieces of technology that only licensed electricians should be installing. It’s for your immediate and long-term safety.