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:
Electrical Panel Upgrades
Is it time to upgrade your panel? Manufacturers Zinsco and Federal Pacific Electric have lost their UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listing due to making faulty products that have resulted in failing components. In some cases these failures have resulted in fires either contained within the panel or in more serious cases, spreading throughout the home or building. The first step is to check to see if your panel is manufactured by one of the companies mentioned above. If not, here are some tips to identify if your panel may be in need of repairing or replacing.
What to look out for in a bad panel:
- Installed prior to the 1970
- Constant tripping of circuits
- Breakers needing to constantly be replaced
- Even in the off position, the panel stays active
- Loose connections in the panel
- Panel not fastened properly to wall
- Burnt connections
- Double tapped/lugged circuits
- Mismatched breakers
- Fuses in the panel
Got Watts electrical technicians are experienced in replacing residential and commercial electrical service panels and sub panels with special attention paid to proper rewiring, clear labeling and ensuring ample power for present and future use.
Why is a UL Listing important? Started 125 years ago, the organization Underwriters Laboratories began the arduous task of rigorously testing products for safety, quality and reliability for all products that seek the listing's stamp of approval. The UL organization focuses on global certifications that ensure products are safe for living and working environments.
Steps to Request a Panel Upgrade Estimate
To begin the process of requesting a panel upgrade service estimate, we request all potential clients send us photos of their current panel setup. Please include:
A general photo of the area with the main service panel (the one with the PG&E meter).
A photo of the panel with the door open, showing the breaker handles with numbers clearly visible.
If present, a close-up of your main breaker.
A close-up photo showing your PG&E meter number.
A close-up of the manufacturer's label (if still attached).
From there our Got Watts electrical representative will review your submitted photos and request any additional photos, if needed. Once all photos have been received, a service estimate will be sent via email with a follow-up video or phone call to discuss any questions that you may have.