If you are contemplating a major electrical remodeling project, the addition of a room, garage, or even a new kitchen, you should consider upgrading your electrical system.

Adding receptacles does not increase the available power if they are looped from other receptacles. To get more power to a location the circuit should run directly from the distribution panel.

If your current electrical service to your home is less than 200 amps, and/or if it has a distribution panel that uses screw in fuses, you should consider replacing it as a top priority in any major electrical remodeling project.

30 years ago, the average new home was equipped with 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. The balance of the electrical needs of the home was served by six, 15 amp screw-in fuses.

20 years ago, the average new home was equipped with 100 amp electrical service, and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers.

Now, the average home is equipped with 200 amp electrical service with a distribution panel handling up to 40 circuit breakers serving the electrical needs of the home.