Wilmington Electrician

One of our customers in Delaware who called 15 local Wilmington electricians before contacting us for a short notice installation had this to say:

“He is not only the most responsive but also the most responsible person to answer my calls. Very professional, reasonable & thoughtful quoting. Showed on time, finished the job very quick and neat. Also committed to the quote he gave me over the phone though he noticed some difficulties upon his arrival. Will definitely call Jeff for any future jobs & Highly recommend him to others.”

When all the power in your house goes out, your first impulse is to look outside to make sure you aren’t the only one sitting in the dark.

When there are no lights to be seen in your half of the city, you know that there’s not much you can do except wait for the power company to fix the damaged infrastructure.

It’s a different story when you spot the flicker of a television through the windows across the street.

Being the only one in a powerless house is an unpleasant experience. It won’t take long before you feel envious of your neighbor’s working lights as you stumble around narrowly avoiding bashing your head into sharp cabinet corners and stepping on your cat’s tail.

So, what do you do now?

If you live in Wilmington, DE, the answer is obvious: call your Wilmington Electrician, Conductive Electrical Contracting! That is, if you want your home’s electrical problems resolved quickly and at a fair price.

We perform all kinds of service and electrical repairs in Delaware.

Whether you need to install wiring for a new addition, perform a main service panel upgrade or integrate a generator into your home’s system, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

With over 30 years of experience in the field, no commercial or residential job is too difficult for us to handle. You can also rely on us to come through for you whenever you need an electrician.

Karl, one of our loyal customers, said:

“I have called on Conductive for a number of service calls through the last year and each time he has been prompt, professional and right on mark with his proposals. I will continue to call on Jeff in the future for all my electrical needs whether it be wiring a new addition, a remodel or any type of service call for a home owner or renter.”

Service Panel Upgrades in Northern Delaware

You may not know what the term “main service panel” means, but you’ve definitely seen one before. It’s the box that holds fuses or breakers.

The things you have to change or flip to restore power to a room when there were too many things running at once. Panels are often located in the basement or garage, somewhere out of the way.

Service panel upgrades are important, even though they are often overlooked by homeowners.

As long as everything works, it’s easy to forget about keeping your electrical system up to date. If your house is full of gadgets, big screens and powerful appliances, chances are your service panel is falling far behind.

Newer devices draw huge amounts of power that panels from 10 or 20 years ago just aren’t designed to handle. Some manufacturers even warn customers that they need a certain type, like a 200 amp panel, for their product to function at all.

Even if none of your devices require a specific setup, the total load created by your television, computer, dish washer, hair dryer and everything else really adds up.

It’s a lot of usage for an old system to manage, which is why you need to upgrade your electrical panel if you haven’t done so recently. An outdated service panel is not only an inconvenience; it’s also a safety hazard.

Legal Information Regarding Service Panels

No matter how much you know about service panel replacement, you should never try to install a new system or repair a panel yourself.

The wires inside the panel connect to the power lines from the street, so the current inside is powerful enough to literally knock your socks off. Inappropriate tampering with these boxes leads to fatal accidents every year in the U.S.

Electricians must register and receive a license in order to operate in Wilmington or the state of Delaware.

Licenses are renewed on a regular basis to make sure electricians’ skills and knowledge are up-to-date with modern standards.

That’s why you need to hire a professional contractor like Conductive Electric to take care of your main service panel upgrades around Wilmington safely and legally.

Installing a new panel usually requires a building permit from the Wilmington city government. Your contractor will help guide you through the process, but there are a few basics to know before getting started.

1. Do you need a permit?

Your contractor should be able to answer this question for you. Like most electrical work, service panel replacement generally requires a permit. Permits are also required for any job that makes alterations, even temporary ones, to the building’s structure.

2. How do I acquire a permit?

Download the permit application, available on the Wilmington website at www.wilmingtonde.gov/government/forms, or pick up a hard copy from the physical office.

3. What do I need to do before submitting the application?

You need to select a licensed contractor before you fill out the application. You’ll need to describe the type of project and manner of work done in the space provided. You also need to enter the contractor’s business information. Make sure you fill out the entire application. Attach the required fee and submit it to the appropriate department.

4. What next?

It can take a few weeks before your permit is accepted or rejected. If your permit is approved, you’ll receive a physical copy of the permit that you must display at your home or office before any work can be done. Once the project is complete, an inspector will come out to make sure the service panel meets all of the city’s regulations.