If you can’t remember the last time you updated your building’s wiring system, this is a good sign that you should hire a Commercial Electrician in St. Louis and St Charles MO to inspect it. It doesn’t matter if you have a top-notch electrical system that was installed to the highest standards – at some point in the lifespan of your building, you will need to perform an electrical upgrade. This will boost both the safety and functionality of your building.
Signs You Need an Electrical Upgrade
If your building is old, it’s likely that it was designed at a time when demand for electricity was much lower than it is today. In fact, most older buildings were built with 60 or 120 amps and just a few circuits to power the entire structure. Today, even the smallest of workshops requires at least 200 amps.
If you’re noticing there never seems to be enough power for everything you need to do, it may be time for an upgrade. Perhaps your lights are flickering on and off, or maybe they just go out for no reason when you turn on a particular piece of machinery. Maybe your breakers trip when you attempt to run all your electrical equipment at the same time. Or, worse, maybe your breakers don’t trip when they should and your equipment starts to overheat.
If this leaves you carefully planning which machines, equipment and appliances you can use at any given time, it’s definitely time for an upgrade!
The biggest indicator of the need for wiring upgrades relates to safety issues. If you notice corrosion in your electrical panel, or melted wires or melted wiring insulation, this damage is putting your building at a high risk for fire. Lastly, if you’re planning to renovate your building soon, consider this a great time to upgrade your electrical system.
Plan Ahead For an Upgrade
Before you call an electrician, consider the electrical needs of your business. Come up with a list of all the appliances and equipment you use right now, as well as any you plan to add in the near future. Where would you like additional electrical outlets to be placed? Will you be putting on any additions that will require an electrical supply?
This information will help your electrician as he or she inspects your building during a consultation to better calculate total electrical load. Your electrician should be able to tell you how long the project will take so you can plan ahead for downtime and loss of productivity. But in the end, downtime is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
Qualified Commercial Electrician in St Louis, MO
O’Fallon, St Charles & St Louis, St Peters, Missouri
If you would like a consultation on wiring upgrades for your commercial building, get in touch with one of our electricians in St. Louis MO today. Just contact us at 636-294-8562 to learn about our commercial services, including wiring upgrades, service panel updates, fire alarms and security systems, networking and data cables, and construction build-outs.