Chicago Electrical Appliance Upgrade Experts

Do I need a service upgrade before adding an electric appliance? (may or may not)

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Do I need to increase my electric service in order to add an electric appliance? To answer this question for our clients Arnold Electric always needs to do a load calculation of the property in question. The load calculation is a formula used and recognized by the National Fire Protection Agency to determine the size of an electrical service needed for a residential home. This calculation includes criteria such as square footage, number of light fixtures as well as any connected electrical appliances to name a few of the many fields needed for an accurate assessment. A connected electrical appliance that could affect the size of an electrical service could be something along the lines of an air conditioner, an electric oven, an electric dryer, refrigerators, freezers, warming drawers, dishwasher, etc. It could even be a welder, air compressor or even an electric car charger. Something else to consider, any electrical appliance that is 240 volts takes two breaker spots. Some panels don’t have two spots because it is already filled up. So a panel change could allow for those two spots with increased breaker capacity. What you need to think about at that time is, if I’m already having to increase compacity in my panel by changing it maybe the whole system should be updated since a large portion is already being completed. Arnold Electric Services, Inc and our licensed Chicago electricians will help you navigate through these important decisions.

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Signs You Might Need A Rewire

We specialize in maintaining and repairing existing electrical systems in a home or business.
Here are some common problems that can lead to safety concerns.

  • Flickering Lights
  • Tripping Breakers
  • Blown Fuse
  • Cords Falling Out of Outlets
  • Mystery Switch
  • Ceiling Fans, Even in High Ceilings
  • Smoke Detectors
  • LED Lighting
  • USB Charging Outlets
  • Chandeliers, Even in High Ceilings)
  • Security Lighting
  • Smart Switches/Internet/App Controlled Switches
  • Flat TV outlets and installs

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About Our Pricing

Our estimates are individualized for each customer. We schedule an appointment and offer a free estimate. All final estimates follow a full site review, walk-through or blueprint review — with the exception of service work. As long as general pricing is understood and agreed upon we can set a good time to start working. Email estimates for pending real estate transactions (attorney review) will carry a small charge that will be rebated should you move forward with the work. All emergency calls and service work is performed on a flat rate. Pro Plus Members receive a discount.

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Jack is not the typical Chicago electrician. He was patient and answered all my questions. His electrical knowledge was helpful in diagnosing real problems the electric services. Everything is okay for now, and we plan on doing a complete remodel soon. 

Brian Kasallis

Jack’s team came in and did a complete home inspection and repaired a light above my wife’s sink. My marriage has been saved now that the light is fixed. Very fair pricing and excellent work!

Douglas Sheehan

Helpful and will get back you in a timely manner. They may not be the cheapest but they know their stuff and are willing to work with you and that is more important than price

Joshua Cruz

Very easy to work with, excellent work on jobs big (new underground line to detached garage) and small (changing interior fixture

Lauren Harms