Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What does it mean to overload the panel’s main breaker?
An overload happens when a circuit experiences a greater demand for electricity than what it can handle, leading to overheating, which causes the circuit breaker to trip.
In the City of Toronto, for example, older homes are much more susceptible to these types of issues due to the lower amount of maximum amperage draw that these electric panels can handle (which is typically around 60 amps or more). These older homes are not equipped to handle the high electrical demand that newer electronic appliances have created, leading to very real and serious hazards. This can also happen in newer homes with 100-amp electrical panels. The main issue in both situations is the high demand being placed on the circuit, which, once saturated, can cause overheating. In cases where the electrical panel then malfunctions, this could very well lead to house fires.
This explains why upgrading to a 200-amp electrical panel would allow you to have more than enough room to plug in all of the electronics you desire, resting assured that you will have overload protection.
Why else would I need more power or amperage for my house panel?
The average homeowner in Toronto has a home with a 100-amp electrical panel.
In cases where home upgrades are desired, such as adding in a nice hot tub, or installing new electrical heating or central air conditioning, most of the time this means that the home will need more power to sustain the new electrical appliances.
If the new electrical additions run your total home power consumption up to 100 amps, there is a high risk of a circuit overload. A general rule of thumb to allow safe parameters in case of an overload is that panels should never exceed 80% of its maximum electrical capacity.
Therefore, upgrading to 200-amp electrical panel would allow you to obtain more electrical current, which would equal to more electrical power available for those new higher consumption appliances.
How should I start with a service and panel upgrade?
Once you are ready to upgrade your electrical panel, the first step would be to call MADE ELECTRIC and book an appointment with one of our licensed electricians. Booking times can range from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the availability of your hydro provider.
On the day of the service upgrade, a licensed electrician will come to your home and make the installation. The average time for completion from beginning to end is about one business day. Keep in mind that you will not have power in your home until the installation is completed and shortly after approved by the Electrical Safety Authority.