Electrical Panel Repair Houston

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The Electrical Panel

The electrical panel or breaker box is the heart of your home’s electrical system. The panel is a metal box with a door that opens to display all the breaker switches. These switches can be turned on and off and will automatically turn off if there’s too much current moving through them. Older homes, however, will sometimes have a fuse box with screw in fuses instead of breaker switches.  

Inside, the panel contains the main breaker, which can shut off power to the entire house. Knowing the location of your electrical panel and main switch can be helpful in an emergency. The main power to the panel comes from the electrical meter outside of your home. 

Special Note: For electrical panels that are indoors – in newer homes that were built around 2020 or in existing homes where the electrical panel was replaced around that time – there may be an emergency power shut-off switch (or “disconnect”) outside, as required by the 2020 National Electrical Code update. This allows first responders to respond to emergencies, such as a house fire, without potential electrical hazards.

electrical panel infographic Houston

Breaker Types

  • Standard Breakers (Single-Pole and Double-Pole) – Standard circuit breakers come in two different types Single-Pole and Double-Pole. Single Pole is the more common type; it protects a single energized wire and covers 15-20 amps. Double Pole breakers can handle larger appliances and 15-200 amps.
  • GFCI Circuit Breakers: A ground fault circuit breaker protects the entire branch circuit and everything connected to it. These are especially useful in damp areas like a basement, laundry room, etc. GFCI breakers are ideal for new wiring systems; for existing wiring systems, a GFCI receptacle might be more suitable. 
  • AFCI Circuit Breakers: Arc Fault circuit breakers work to reduce electrical fires’ potential from power arcing. 

Electrical Panel Repair/ Installation

The National Electric Code (NEC) is the minimum safety standard for installing electrical components. It includes recommendations for safely installing and repairing electrical panels. As licensed electricians, we have been tested on the knowledge required to complete your electrical job the right way.

We also hold ourselves to a higher standard than the minimum required by Code. Our Master Electricians hold ongoing training and support for our team on the Mister Sparky Standard of Care.

You can trust Mister Sparky to have your electrical panel installed or repaired safely and timely. At Mister Sparky, we are dedicated to customer satisfaction, so if you have any problems with your electrical panel within seven years of installation, we will personally send an electrician to repair it 100% free of charge.

When is it time for Electrical Panel Replacement?

Electrical panels typically last 15-30 years. If this amount of time has passed, it is critical to get your system checked by a licensed electrician to avoid potential danger.

You may also replace your electrical panel if your electrical needs in the home exceed what your current panel is designed for. This occurs most often when homeowners add EV Charger to their home or other “energy hogs.” Most residential panels range from 100 to 200 Amps. If your home is on the lower end of that range, you may need to upgrade to a larger panel as your home’s needs evolve.

Electrical Panel News

Majors Changes to the National Electrical Code in 2020

https://www.esfi.org/resource/2020-national-electrical-code-731

 

The Span Panel Puts Control Into The Hands Of Homeowners 

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/10/09/the-span-panel-puts-control-into-the-hands-of-homeowners/

 

Despite Previous Safety Concerns this Circuit Breaker is Still in Homes 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/despite-previous-safety-concerns-this-circuit-breaker-is-still-in-homes/2018/05/08/8927af86-4ef9-11e8-b725-92c89fe3ca4c_story.html

 

Below are the guidelines from  Office Of Congressional Workplace Rights:

  • The OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910.303 (g)) requires sufficient access and working space around all equipment serving 600 volts or less. For equipment serving between 120 volts and 250 volts, the regulations require a minimum of three feet of clearance. The width of the working space in front shall be 30 inches minimum or the width of the equipment. 
  • The OSHA standard (29 CFR1910.305 (d)) requires a dead front on electrical panel boards. 
  • The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70 110.26) requires a minimum of three feet of clearance for all electrical equipment serving 600 volts or less. • 
  • The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70 110.27) requires live parts of electrical equipment operating at 50 volts or more to be guarded to prevent accidental contact by approved enclosures. 

On Time Guarantee

We’re Here Whenever You Need Us
“We’re on time you’ll see or your electrical repair is free”. We back our superior electrical service with not only integrity, transparency, and dependability, but also our On Time Guarantee. We understand your time is valuable which is why we guarantee we will be there when you call.

When you need expert electrician services in Houston or surrounding areas, just give us a call at (713) 428-2120 or click here to book your appointment online so we can send a Mister Sparky technician to help you as soon as possible.

Red Carpet Treatment

The Respect you Deserve
Our technicians understand the value of being neat and considerate while working in your personal space, which is reflected in how we leave your home after solving eletrical issues.

Mister Sparky protects your home while he’s working: he slips on shoe covers (“floor savers”) and will even go the extra mile and roll out a red carpet to protect your flooring from dirt, scuffing, and scratches. Work completed, he vacuums the area to ensure that he leaves your home as clean or cleaner, than he found it.

Starched White Shirt

The Mister Sparky Standard
Because of Mister Sparky’s commitment to excellent service, we believe in hiring only the most professional and knowledgeable Houston Electricians. This means that in addition to technical excellence, all Mister Sparky electricians must uphold our Starched White Shirt standard for conduct and professionalism.

You can easily recognize a Mister Sparky electrician by his clean-cut, freshly shaven appearance and his signature starched white shirt and gray pants.

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by Charles Groover on


The service was great. Tony was knowledgeable and friendly as he was the first time he came out. Highly recommend the work Mister Sparky does.

by Scott Campbell on


This was truly a great experience from start to finish! In fact, from the start of the process with the phone call to set up an appointment, I was completely impressed with the courtesy, politeness and personal attention received from the scheduling staff. I remember thinking to myself that I hope the customer service folks who work for my company treat our customers the way I was treated- it was fantastic!

Mike, your technician, was GREAT! Mike was very professional, personable and very clearly explained the work needed and costs along with explanations as to “why” we needed to do the work the way he suggested. I learned a great deal in the process about three way/four way switches and the importance of grounding those connections.



I will absolutely use Mr. Sparky again and request Mike specifically and certainly recommend your company to neighbors, friends and co-workers. Again, I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. We have had allot of service contractors out over the last several months during this remodeling process. It’s too bad you guys don’t do wood floors, carpets and painting as I would give you that work also!

by David Anderson on


Phillip was out to the house and solved the problem. As always he was very professional and courteous. Always does a great job!

by Sharon Spurrier on


Rick was a very informative guy & very understanding with everything that we were dealing with since our house was hit by lightning on 7/14/13. He was very good at listening to our concerns & gave back wonderful feedback. He took the time to inspect every room inside our house and outside our house to get all of the information he needed to get a complete estimate for us. He stated that we should be receiving the estimate for our insurance either today or tomorrow. I would recommend him to anyone.

by Patricia Guidry Sultan on


Ge came out and replaced a breaker box on Christmas eve. So friendly snd professional. Best service call I've made since being in my new house.

by Katherine on


The service I received was exactly what was promised. Jeremy spent time educating me about the issues and was able to get an immediate responce from Center Point! He watched the technician and explained everything to me.

by Renee Bell on


Jeremy was very professional. The process was quick and not as expensive as I thought it was going to be. Always a plus.

by Bryan Spivey on


Mr. Sparky deserves a 5-star rating. Chad was on time and very cordial. He is a knowledgeable and experienced electrician. He did not pressure me to buy any extra services; he looked at my problem and explained in detail what services he could offer. All of their services were written down in a binder, so there were no ‘guess-timations’ that I have experienced with other companies. When he finished the work, he presented a folder of the work completed with warranties in a very professional manner.

Mr. Sparky is a reputable company, and I would recommend them to anyone with electrical problems! They were worth every penny!

by Deborah Cerkovnik on


Rick is an expert far beyond the level of Master Electrician and he is committed to excellence in repair, safety and Customer Service. Rick re-wired our breaker box and installed a new grounding stake. In addition, he installed power surge, re-wired fixtures, corrected faulty wiring in a stove vent and got our new older home up to code. He conducted a safety inspection and was willing to explain each project in simple terms. There were no financial surprises, because Rick provided clear pricing in advance.



I highly recommend Rick from Mister Sparky. If you need electrical work done, it pays to hire someone you can trust. You

can trust Rick from Mister Sparky!



It's good to know we can count on Rick and Mister Sparky whenever we need reliable Electrical work to be done.



Thanks,

Deb Cerkovnik

by Matt Goodman on


You guys are awesome. All the reviews I read about you were right on. I had a pleasant experience and will recommend you to anyone. As well as use you in the future. Thanks.

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