Thirty years ago, the average new home was equipped with a 60 amp electrical service connected to a screw-in fuse panel with two fuse blocks. Old style distribution panels, those with screw-in fuses, are generally considered fire hazards. In many areas, insurance companies will not renew homeowner insurance if the home is equipped with an electrical distribution panel that has screw-in fuses.
Twenty years ago the average new home was equipped with a 100 amp electrical service and some of them used the latest in technology, circuit breakers. Now the average home is equipped with a 200 amp electrical service with a distribution panel handling up to 40, 15amp circuit breakers serving the electrical needs of the home.
Before any electrical remodeling work is started to extend your electricity from an existing source check the service panel to ensure that the fuse or breaker for the current circuit can handle the load. Old wiring and new appliances don't really mix. If you are upgrading your wiring, look at the types of appliances you will be using around your home. Some items like computers might be better served by having a dedicated circuit for it.
While it is possible to install additional outlets in your home yourself, if you are uncertain about any aspect of the job it is better to call a professional.
Adding receptacles does not increase the available power if they are looped from other receptacles. To get more power to a location the circuit should run directly from the distribution panel. If you are planning to wire a hot tub in your house, to install a swimming pool in your back yard, to remodel a kitchen, or to build two extra bedrooms in your house, you should check the service panel first to ensure that it can handle the load. Before any of these remodeling works you may consider replacing your electrical service panel as a top priority.
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