Albuquerque & Rio Rancho Residential Electrician Service

Panel Upgrades

Does your home have enough power? Think about everything you have plugged in, using power, right now. Modern appliances, air conditioners, HD televisions and computers require a lot of power. Years ago, the standard for powering a home was 60 amps. Today, 100 or even 200 amps are necessary to avoid voltage drop-offs, which can damage sensitive electronics, and power all the devices and systems within a modern home. In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, hot summers and cold winters require a lot of power to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. And even if you have enough power, you may need additional outlets to safely plug in devices and equipment where you want them to be. Extension cords and power strips are messy and can even be dangerous.

There are a few ways to tell how many amps your home is running. If you tend to blow fuses, you don’t have enough amperage to power all the appliances you’re trying to use simultaneously. This is pretty common in homes built 40 or more years ago. Do some investigating, and you should be able to come up with a number. Sometimes, your electrical meter will have the amperage rating listed. Your electrical panel itself may have a label attached indicating the amperage. Also look at your main circuit breaker. It should also have an amperage rating on it. Compare the numbers from as many of these sources as you can, the lowest number is the overall amperage of your home. If you have less than 100, you need an upgrade. If you have less than 200, you may want to consider an upgrade to ensure you have plenty of power for any additional appliances, devices, home automation systems or home alarm systems you may want to install in the future. If you have an older home, you may also need to consider re-wiring to accommodate the additional power safely.

Anthony’s Electric LLC
705 10th Ave SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124