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Panel Changes

How to Tell if it’s Time to Upgrade my Electrical Panel?

In some instances, an electrical panel must be upgraded due to age or changes in electrical codes and standards. Sometimes, certain brands of electrical panels are recalled. Both of these examples present potential safety hazards that must be addressed.

More often, panel upgrades must be addressed when a home or business has reached its electrical capacity and there is no room to add additional circuits. These needs can include electrical demands related to building or home remodels, electric vehicle recharging stations, air conditioning, pools, or hot tubs. In order to accommodate these new requirements, a panel upgrade must be addressed.

How to Know if an Electrical Panel is At Capacity?

If you want to add onto your house, install a hot tub, or make some other addition that requires more energy, you’ll need to know if your circuit breaker can handle the extra load. But if you’re not sure, don’t be fooled into thinking that a breaker box with all of the slots filled is the same as a full breaker box. There are many telltale signs to know if you need to upgrade to a breaker box with a higher capacity, but there are also a few things that can fool you into believing that you don’t have enough capacity when you actually have plenty.

Safety is always #1 when we are dealing with electricity. There are certain outdated brands you need to know about before you decide whether you need a panel change. We can tell you if your breaker box is dangerous. And then take a look at these tips for knowing when your breaker box is adequate and when you need to an electrical panel upgrade for a home addition or just to keep your home safe from electrical fires.

Breaker Box: How to Know If Your Current Breaker Box Can Handle More Amperage

While you might have more than enough circuits to add another switch, you still might not have enough available amperage. For instance, if you added an electric dryer on an electrical panel that was already near capacity, you might not have enough available amperage capacity to add the hot tub that you wanted.

Telltale Signs Your Breaker Box is at Amperage Capacity

There are several signs that your breaker box is above its capacity, including:

  • Flickering lights or appliances that shut off
  • Electrical box switches that frequently turn off
  • Buzzing or sparking around the electrical panel

If you notice any of these signs, it’s probably time to get an electrical panel upgrade before you add on anything more. Even if you’re not ready to add another major electrical appliance or addition to your home, it’s still time to have your breaker box upgraded so that your home is more protected from electrical fires.

Remember safety first – and call ARC Electric for your panel changes!

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Electrican Around Me

Electrician Near Me

Do you know a good Plumber, HVAC guy, Electrician, etc. …?

Being in the construction service industry for years, questions like this came up with almost everyone we met. It seemed no one was ever happy with the last company they used and were usually charged an exorbitant amount of money. Well, we decided there was a better way to do service work. two local families got together and opened ARC Electric Inc. with the idea that clean, courteous, and qualified customer service could be delivered at a fair price. ARC Electric strives to not only hire licensed, and qualified technicians but also personable and friendly technicians that anyone would be comfortable letting into their home or business. We hire great personality and manners and train our technicians personally to ensure we have the best service electricians in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and all our surrounding counties in North Carolina.

We believe an electrician has a lot more to offer than simply fixing your electrical needs.

Our electricians have a wealth of knowledge that they can share with you, including energy tips that can help you be “green” and save money, and also tips and tricks to make your home more attuned to your lifestyle. Our licensed electricians can offer lighting design as well as home maintenance techniques designed to help you save money and keep your family safe.

24Hr Service Electrician – Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, Raleigh

For all your Electrical needs call us today at (919) 888-3500


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Raleigh Electrical Panel Upgrade

Your Electrical Service Breaker Panel is the heart of your electrical system it distributes power from your service provider to every electrical device in your home or business. If this fails or is out of date major problems can occur, loss of power, damage to electrical appliances, and at worst an electrical fire.
These days, with all the new appliances and technical devices we have in our Raleigh homes, we find that older homes might not have sufficient power available to handle the increased demand, without an electrical panel upgrade. An ARC Electric electrician (your Raleigh and Cary electrical contractor) can inspect your home’s current wiring system and recommend any electrical panel changes that are necessary. Don’t wait for problems to occur. If your home is over 15 years old call the best electricians in Raleigh to give you a FREE estimate today.
See ARC Electric for your Raleigh and Holly Springs electrical panel upgrade!
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Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, Apex Service Electrician: Home Theater

Raleigh Service Electrician - Home Theater InstallationHome theaters require more than just plugging in a few appliances. Most systems use multiple components: the television or projector, the DVD or Blu-ray player, the cable box, the stereo system and however many speakers you wish to include (usually anywhere from five to ten). All of them require proper organization and connections, as well as an evenly balanced power load. An electrician can help distribute that load evenly, and make sure your system can handle the demand without tripping the circuit breakers. Some systems need to be hard wired into your home, something which should only be done by a professional.

All of those components need to be connected to each other, and in the case of speakers must sometimes run the length of the entire room in order to do their job. An amateur job may leave wires in a dangerous tangle or stretched across parts of the room such as doorways and walkways. An electrician can run the wiring through the walls, as well as keeping the connections safe and clear to ensure the best viewing experience possible.

Cary Service Electrician - Home Theater InstallationARC Electric offers expert multimedia and custom audio/video installation, to create specialized systems specific to each client’s home. We pride ourselves on delivering quality work with a fit and finish high above the industry standard.

ARC Electric Inc. can provide and install all your home theater needs, including: LG OLED TV’s and Martin Logan speakers shown hereApex Service Electrician - Home Theater Installation
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ARC Electric Supports Local Businesses

Support local! Plus pies are delicious, who doesn’t need a delicious pie in 2020?

ARC Electric provides Residential and Commercial Electrician services including: 24/7 emergency service Lighting installation Electrical troubleshooting Electrical device (outlets, switches, etc) repair/replace Custom interior Lighting design Exterior landscape lighting Generator installation and maintenance Home electrical safety inspections Commercial electrical services
We also LOVE to support other local businesses, especially when they serve delicious pies, like these! Slice Pie Company
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Here When You Need Us – Coronavirus and Electricians

Hi Neighbors,
…turns out 2020 had some surprises in store for all of us. We hope your families and homes are holding up well in all this craziness. We wanted to reach out to all of you in our community to let you know we are here for you if you need us. Murphy’s law would have it that most things fail at the most inopportune time, and this would definitely qualify. Just know that we are still available 24/7 for any electrical and plumbing needs you may run into. If Our state institutes a lock down like New York and California we would still be available for emergency purposes. You’ll be glad to know that we’ve taken special precautions as of a few weeks ago to ensure we remain available to you.
  • Our office staff are working from home
  • All our techs check their temperatures before coming into work, and are scanned again once they arrive at our shop in the mornings.
  • All our techs have been informed to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms outlined by the CDC regarding covid-19.
To mitigate any falsehoods they have all been reassured that we will continue paying our technicians if they were to have symptoms or fall ill.
As an extra precaution, if you are high risk or are uncomfortable with someone in your home at this time we have masks and gloves available that the technicians can wear in your home.
We will get through this together, we love this community and are proud to do our part.
Thank you,
Rich Levert – President
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International Womens Day

Celebrating our MVP’s at ARC Electtric on International Women’s Day

Learn More About North Carolina Solar

Did you know? We’re number 2 (#1 per capita) – Learn more about NC solar at SEIA.org

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Home Theater Installation

Did you know, we can provide and install all your home theater needs?

Power of Past Posts – Angie’s List Award

Our team has done it once again!
We have received Angie’s List Super Service Award 2 years in a row!
Thanks to all our customers for such great reviews!
Angie’s List is an American home services website. Founded in 1995, it is an online directory that allows users to read and publish crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses and contractors