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Electrical Panel Replacement and Repair

Electrical Panel Upgrade in Ephrata

Giving Every Home in the Ephrata Area Access to Modern Electrical Service

Most people don’t give their electrical panel much thought. But this box is actually responsible for providing your home with all the electricity it needs. And, when something goes wrong with it, you’ll be hard-pressed to think of anything else. Maybe your lights start flickering. Or, perhaps all the appliances in your kitchen go off. No matter how large or small your electrical panel’s issue, you need to call a professional electrician. A malfunctioning service box isn’t just an inconvenience—it’s also a fire and safety hazard.

For those of you who live in the Ephrata area, there’s no reason to debate on who to call. Vertex Mechanical’s electricians are here and happy to serve you. As true experts, we are able to handle any electrical brand or model of repair.

Contact our electricians at 717-335-2633 to get scheduled for electrical panel repair or replacement in the Ephrata area.

An Explanation of Your Home’s Electrical Panel

The electrical panel—also sometimes referred to as a service panel, breaker box, or fuse panel—is the heart of your home’s electrical system. It’s where the electrical company usually hooks up. Often hidden behind a thin metal door, this box houses your home's fuses or circuit breakers. If too much current passes through your home, this system will shut off the power. Though modern homes make resetting this as easy as flipping n a light switch, older homes often have screw-in fuses. These must be completely replaced to restore power.

Signs You Might Want to Replace Your Electrical Panel

Under typical strain, residential electrical panels can last upwards of 40 years. How long commercial electrical panels last, meanwhile, depends on the load put on them. But, due to the power requirements of things like EV vehicles and SMART devices, it may be worth doing an early upgrade. In addition to access to newer technologies, an early electrical panel replacement can also grant you peace of mind. The number of new safety requirements greatly lessens the chance of shorts and electrical fires.

Not sure if it’s time to replace your electrical panel in Stevens or Ephrata? Ask yourself the following:

  • Does your panel feel hot to the touch? Does it sometimes give off a smell? These items can be a sign of improper installation, defects, or bad circuits.
  • Do you want to get new appliances? A lot of newer stoves and refrigerators require high amperages to operate at their best. If your dream kitchen includes brand-spanking-new appliances, you’ll want to save up for electrical panel replacement as well.
  • Was your home built before 2000? Then you might not have the amperage you need to run modern appliances. Any electrical panel with fewer than 200 amps should be replaced by a local electrician.
  • Do you rely on fuses to power your home? Though practical, these systems harken back to 50 or 60 years ago. If you need to repair these boxes, finding an electrician with the needed expertise can be hard. The fact that you need to replace them each time they “trip” is also a major inconvenience.
  • Do your circuits trip a lot? Are you so familiar with your breaker box that you could find the trouble switch in the dark? If so, you should consider replacing the service panel. This will not only eliminate the inconvenience but also provide more stable power.
  • Are your lights flickering? Though this can just signal a home in need of lighting repair, it can also be a sign that you’re straining your electrical service panel. The only way to know the true cause is to schedule a visit with one of Ephrata’s top electrical contractors.

Rest assured; we do everything we can to make the electrical panel replacement process easy. This includes providing comprehensive upfront quotes and keeping you up-to-date on the process. To schedule electrical service in Ephrata, give 717-335-2633 a call.

Things that Impact Electrical Panel Replacements Cost in Ephrata

You might wonder why the cost of replacing your home’s new electrical panel may differ from an online estimate. This is because service boxes are complex devices whose replacement costs vary depending on the following:

  • The Size of the Panel: The more amperage you need, the more you can expect to pay. Unlike the typical homeowner, our electricians know how to determine your home’s electrical demands and the panel needed. This ensures they always get the correct equipment in place. These days, 200-amp is the suggested minimum panel requirement.
  • Rewiring Needs: If you upgrade your panel, you’ll probably have to replace your home’s wiring as well. If so, that’ll increase your cost. The higher the panel’s amperage, the more expensive the replacement. Most homes today need a 100-amp or 200-amp panel but this is all determined by the home’s electrical load. Our electrician will always measure your home’s electrical load first to make sure your new panel will be properly sized.
  • The Type of Service: Your home gets its power from utility lines. If these lines run above your home, new panel installation can be a lot more expensive. This is due to the additional labor and equipment required.
  • Adding Outlets: If you want more outlets, you’ll have to pay for them. Typically—since older homes have fewer outlets—this cost increase is just one part of an electrical panel upgrade.

Unlike some other electrical companies, Vertex is honest about the upfront costs of service replacement. When you receive our estimate, you’ll also get an itemized breakdown of potential add-ons. And, before we start, we’ll provide everything needed for you to make an informed decision.

Professional Electrical Panel Repair in Ephrata

In some cases, a complete service box replacement is overkill. Fortunately, our full-service electrical contractors are also electrical panel repair experts. When arriving at your home, they will briefly discuss the problem with you before examining the box themselves. From there, they will test connections and try to sniff out the issue with your home’s electrical system. All repairs are guaranteed to meet NEC requirements and meet all local standards.

Rest assured, no matter what brand name is on your box, that Vertex’s electricians can get the job done. Below is a small sampling of electrical brands we service:

  • Bulldog
  • Challenger
  • Cutler Hammer
  • Federal Pacific
  • General Electric (GE)
  • GTE Sylvania
  • Menards
  • Midwest
  • Murray
  • Pushmatic
  • Schneider
  • SDG&E
  • Siemens
  • Square D
  • Stab Lok
  • Sylvania
  • Westinghouse
  • Zinsco

Need Power in an Addition or Garage?

Looking to turn your attic, crawl space, or garage into a more usable space? Then, it might be time to consider installing a sub-panel. These smaller breaker boxes are used to distribute power to the extremities of your home. By shouldering the burden of powering these areas, these offshoots make it easier to power additions to your home without having to rewire or expand your existing sub-panel. Below are a few benefits of sub-panel installation in Ephrata:

  • Allows for easy expansion of electricity throughout your home
  • Can be installed in a separate building or room from the main electrical panel
  • Prevents crowding and lessens the risks of overloading the existing breaker box

For a quote on sub-panel installation, reach out to our electrical experts by form or by phone.

Trust the Electricians Your Neighbors in Stevens and Ephrata Do

First things first, never try to DIY your electrical panel replacement. Like all electrical work, it’s dangerous and something better left to an electrical professional. When you mess up, you won’t be left drenched or covered in drywall. You could be smoking and smell of burning hair. So, please, leave major electrical work to those who know how to safely navigate it. Your home value, your family, and your health insurance will thank you.

Our electrical contractors are waiting to assist with your electrical panel repair or replacement in the Ephrata area. As a local company, we do everything we can to provide top-notch service. That’s why—with Vertex—you always come first. To learn more about what sets us apart, check out our Google reviews or check out our company guarantees.