Circuits, Breakers and Panels
Need a breaker replaced? Or has your electrical needs outgrown your electrical service? From the simple to the complex, Got Watts Electric and Solar can handle any electrical job you put in front of them.
Read more about the services we offer related to circuits, breakers and panels:
220 Volt Circuit Installation and Testing
To determine whether or not you need to the professionals at Got Watts? Electric, Solar& HVAC to provide you with the installation of a 220 volt circuit, it is important that you know whether or not one already exists in your home. Most homes, unless they are very old are already built with a 220 volt circuit line running to the panel. If you open up your electrical circuit breaker panel, and look at the various appliances and electrical components labeled with each switch, note that half of the panel is run with a 120 volt line and the other half is run with a 120 volt line that combine with a common neutral to make the 220 volts needed.
Large appliances like your oven, dishwasher or refrigerator are powered by a full 220 volt circuit and are operated by a double breaker and smaller things like a microwave, television or computer are powered by 120 volts, controlled by a single breaker.
The professional team of electricians at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC are licensed, bonded and insured. We are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding 220 volt line installation already in your home or to schedule an appointment for a new installation.
AFCI Breakers and Receptacles
AFCI Breakers are the only breakers on the market that can prevent a fire, keeping you and your family safe and sound. An AFCI Breaker (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter) works by monitoring the electrical currents in your electrical wiring devices, outlets, switches and other devices. If an unwanted electrical arc is detected, the AFCI breaker will shut off immediately which reduces the chance of an electrical shock or fire.
The AFCI Receptacle
The AFCI receptacle adds another layer of protection for your family by protecting you from the arc faults that come out of devices that are plugged into your outlets. Arc faults has been know to have started over 150,000 fire cases due to poor electrical work.
Arc faults are so intense that they can reach temperatures of up to 10,000°F immediately. Arcs can occur in more places than just faulty lamps and under the home. That is why if you have any doubt about your family's safety then you need to call the licensed electrical experts at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC immediately.
Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC expert electricians will arrive at your home on time to give you the peace of mind about your current electrical system. We will even make it safer than it ever has been before.
Air Conditioning and Heating Circuits
It’s summer time. It’s hot. And you love walking into your air-conditioned house. What happens when the coolness you’ve come to expect isn’t there? Sometimes your air conditioning or heating unit can trip your circuit breaker. When this happens, the best person to call are the professional electricians at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC. When the circuit is the problem, it can be as simple as flipping the breaker off and on again, but when it continues to happen it can be a much larger problem. Delaying service could lead to a much more expensive repair. And the professionals at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC will not only be able to identify the problem, but will also be able to quickly fix it and prevent it from happening again.
Furnace got you cold in the winter? Have no fear…we fix those as well!
One of the main focal points of your home is your kitchen. Kitchens have to be practical, but most people want it to look beautiful too. Frequently we hear there is not sufficient space or not enough circuits for our appliances that we want to use. Every time someone plugs in the electric skillet, the circuit trips.
Is your kitchen ready?
If you plan on remodeling your kitchen or if you want new appliances installed, then call Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC today. It’s very important that you make sure you have the correct circuit for what you are intending to use and that you have enough circuits and they are the right size.
Got Watts’s electrical experts can inspect your electrical system and wiring and see if it’s adequate to have a new appliance installed with your current electrical system. We can make sure you have the correct power, voltage, amps and circuit wiring for your new appliances. We can also make sure you have life-saving devices, such as GFCI protection, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors where they are needed.
Don’t spend thousands of dollars on new appliances only to find out that you can’t use them because the wiring is not the right size or in other words, it can’t take the electrical load of the new appliance.
Many of the homes here in the East Bay Area are older, with that said times have changed since the 40’s and now we have more and more appliances that we use in the kitchen today than what we did in the past and it’s very important that we have plenty of circuits to meet the demands of today.
Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC can install your new appliances too. Your home currently may have electric up to code, and you just want to have new appliances installed. If so, we can do that too. So whether it’s a new microwave, dishwasher or stove, you can count on us to install them.
A circuit breaker is an electrical switch designed to automatically protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by an overload or a short circuit. Unlike fuses, circuit breakers can be reset to resume normal operation and don’t have to be replaced when one trips. Circuit breakers vary in size so it is always important to call the a licensed electrician, like those at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC when adding or replacing circuit breakers in your electrical panel.
If a circuit breaker is installed correctly, it will detect a fault and trip, protecting your electrical system and the devices connected to it. The circuit breaker contacts must carry the load current without excessive heating and must also withstand the heat of the arc produced when interrupting the circuit. When an electric current is interrupted, an arc is generated. This arc must be contained, cooled and extinguished in a controlled way, so that the gap between the contacts can again withstand the voltage in the circuit. Finally, once the fault condition has been cleared, the contacts must again be closed to restore power to the interrupted circuit.
Another good reason to call the licensed electricians at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC is because there are many different types of circuit breakers that can be made, based on their features such as voltage, construction type, interrupting type, and structural features. A few of the most common types of circuit breakers are are low-voltage circuit breakers, magnetic circuit breakers and common trip breakers. Without having the knowledge of exactly what your electrical needs are, you will be putting you and your family at risk for an electrical hazard situation.
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Electrical panel upgrades are an important part of every homeowners responsibility. Whether the electric panel is old and outdated panel or is simply just not up to electrical code, electric panels should be upgraded in either case. The licensed electrical contractors at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC have skills needed to get the job done right the first time.
A few indications that you may need a panel upgrade are flickering lights and breakers that always seem to trip. Both of these could be a safety hazard and could cause smoke or fire which could harm you or one of the members of your family.
So what is an electrical panel anyway? All the power that comes into your home originates from the utility department first, then to your electric service. From there it goes to your electrical panel or sometimes called your breaker box or breaker panel. At the electrical panel, electricity is distributed in wires (or electrical circuits) to different locations throughout your home, providing you power wherever you need it.
You may not have a panel with circuit breakers; you may have an outdated fuse panel or even worse an electrical panel that has lost its UL approval because they have been proven to cause fires. If your home is older than 20 years old, there could be a chance you have one of these panels in your home.
There a couple of manufacturers of electrical panels that went out of business as they were forced to close by UL because they made inferior and dangerous products. Unfortunately, many of these panels and breakers are still in thousands of homes.
Circuit breakers are designed to shut off quickly if there is ever an electrical problem detected, usually in just a fraction of a second. This keeps you and your family safe from electrocution, electric shock, and potential house fires. With the old-style breakers, some of them will not trip under a test load for at least one minute; some did not trip (turn off) at all.
Problems arise from electrical panels for many reasons. We will list just a few below:
- Loose connections
- Burnt connections
- Double tapped circuits
- Old Outdated Fuses
- Not UL approved
Unfortunately, we have seen just that in many of the homes in the East Bay Area. If your home is in need of a panel upgrade, then call Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC today. We will send one of our expert electricians to your home and give you a complete evaluation.
Fuse Box Upgrades
Are your electrical fuses constantly blowing? Do you have to keep changing out old fuses with new ones? If so, then the electrical experts at Got Watts? Electric, Solar & HVAC say it is time for a new one!
In this day and age there is no way to compare a fuse box to an electric panel that has circuit breakers. Just safety alone that the modern circuit breaker panels provide should say enough. Here’s a few reasons why you should upgrade your current fuse box with a newer, safer circuit breaker panel:
- Reduce the chance of an electrical fire.
- Eliminate doubled-up circuits.
- Eliminate the need to replace fuses, or the chance to install the wrong size of fuse, which is a common fire hazard.
- Capacity to add additional circuits in the future.
- Increase the resale value of your home.
- Be able to get homeowner's insurance.
By upgrading your old, outdated fuse box, it will ensure that you get the most out of your home’s electrical system and help avoid electrical hazards.