Knowing When your Commercial Building Needs an Electrical Upgrade

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Even the best electrical systems eventually need an electrical upgrade. It improves safety and reduces energy usage. When your current electrical system isn’t meeting your commercial building’s needs, it’s time to start thinking about upgrading your electrical system.


Signs Your Electrical System is Ready for an Upgrade

The age of your commercial building can affect the amount of power the electrical system can supply. Older structures typically come with lower amperage (60 – 120 amps) and fewer circuits than modern buildings. It’s not enough power for even a small home workshop (200 amps). You will not have enough power in the commercial building to run modern tools and machinery simultaneously.

Other signs indicating your current electrical system isn’t capable of generating enough power include flickering lights or machinery and appliances shut down without assistance. Breakers frequently tripping and using extension cords to balance the load are other indications that you may need an electrical upgrade.

Safety is always a concern in commercial buildings. Corrosion or melting wires are a safety hazard. This type of damage to an electrical system is a safety and fire risk. It can also apply if you use surge protectors on all building outlets.

You may not be experiencing any of these issues, but if you are planning on adding to the electrical system’s load, it’s a good idea to think about an electrical upgrade.

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What Do You Need Out of Your Electrical System?

Before you start upgrading your commercial building’s electrical system, think about the future. Are you planning on adding equipment or an HVAC system? What about lighting? Are you also planning on upgrading your lighting system? You want to ensure the electric grid has enough power to run the new light fixtures.

What about extra outlets, especially if you are bringing in new equipment. If you are planning a future expansion, the new section also requires electrical power.

These are things you want to discuss with your electrical contractor or electrical project manager.

Some electrical upgrades only require adding a subpanel to give you an extra circuit. However, this simple upgrade only works if your main electrical panel is supplying enough power to the commercial building. If you are using extension cords and surge protectors, you may need to upgrade the primary electrical panel.

Upgrading your electrical panel to 200 amps, 400 amps, or higher involves accessing the wiring in the walls. It is a little messy and noisy, so it’s best to schedule the electrical upgrade during a time when business isn’t going to be interrupted.

Electrical Upgrades with Action Services Group?

Are you ready to upgrade your current electrical system? Our licensed electricians will ensure your commercial building has the power it needs to operate safely and efficiently. Contact us today and see how we can help!

To talk to one of our Electrical Project Manager about your electrical upgrade call 610-558-9773, email info@actionservicesgroup.com, or schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below!

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