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Electric Upgrades & Home Improvement Go Together

Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning & ElectricalPeanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and black and white. Perception here is these things go together right? Some things are just better together if you know what I mean. So, that said electric services and home improvement and design projects will always go hand in hand. In addition, think about this; maybe opposites attract like black and which color, or just bright crisp flavors that blend together to make a statement. Pairs of objects together can also create combinations of form, function, and beauty as well. Whatever the reason you like something; you just know it when you see it right.

Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning and Electrical believes that this is exactly the case when we speak of Electrical Services and Home Improvement. The perfect sink and faucet pairing is the central most key to an efficient work space. Making sure that you have all the exact things you want for a bath, kitchen, or laundry room remodel includes making sure the electrical outlets you need are convenient and rated for the amps you need to have for proper operation is what we do. Instant hot water, garbage disposers, fans, islands with electric, stoves with plugs, cabinet areas for small appliances, new ranges, refrigerators, and ovens all must have proper electrical to avoid potential fire hazards, and to operate properly and may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to needing electrical services for homes, electrical services for business, electrical services for commercial locations and electrical services in Madison.

One of the most important issues you need to solve with your considerations of remodeling is proper electrical wiring, plugs, and most important amps and breaker box realities. Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning and Electrical has been providing Electrical Services since 1989.  Our main purpose is to add real value to the lives of all of our customers! Here at Action Plumbing and Air we are willing to do whatever it takes to make your lives easier, solve  your problems, meet your plumbing, air conditioning, heating and electrical needs.

Breaker Box Basics:

First lets discuss the basics. The electrical panel in your home or business may have different names: breaker box, electric box, electric board, breaker board, service box... all these names describe the same thing. Most folks refer to it as the "panel". Every residential, office, and commercial location has a panel of some kind. City Code may determine what and where it needs to be installed, but serious pre-planning must take place, prior to any remodel project. Depending on the date your location was built, may determine where this panel is located. In newer homes in the Madison area, the garage or outside wall may be the current location. Older homes may have a closet or room location behind a door for this breaker box. No matter where it is, it is recommended that you keep the area easily accessible, with not less than 3-feet of clearance around it. You should know where your panel is, and know how to operate it in case of an emergency.

The electric panel controls the electricity coming from the utility company into your home. Breakers that are attached to each circuit regulate the amount of electricity or AMPS. If a problem arises like an overloaded or short circuit, the breaker will trip, preventing electricity flowing into that circuit, and preventing to potential of serious damage or fire. Once the issue is fixed properly the breaker may be turned back on to restore the electricity flow to the circuit again.

This panel is the heart of any electrical system. A good panel can prevent serious damage and protect against hazards. If you are unsure about the state of your panel, Give Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric a call today and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you. If you are even considering a remodel in any room of the house, most especially a kitche, laundry room, bathroom, or garage; please call us right away.

Electric Needs to Consider:

  • Old Fuse Box - Electric wiring and circuit breakers will probably need replacing if your home was constructed Circa 1925 We list some specifics in this scenario.
  • Is the panel box more than 15 years old? If you don't know, then what is the age of your home?
  • The home has an old style fuse box instead of a breaker panel
  • Do you see corrosion anywhere on the panel or panel cover
  • Are there several different brands of breakers are installed; perhaps different colors or manufacturer labels
  • Do you see rust anywhere in the panel?
  • Replace must be considered with demand before you remodel your home or add new circuits.

For our Madison and Sun Prairie area, Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric is aware that there are several brands of electrical panel and breakers that are known to have significant fire hazard risks. They include cetain Federal Pacific Electric (FPE), Zinsco, Sylvania Zinsco, and Kearney electrical components. As with all electrical components, safety is the number one concern for every client we serve. If you may be concerned about the safety of your meter base or electrical panel, or have any questions, please contact Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric right away so we can come, inspect, answer any questions you may have. We love to answer questions!

Dedicated Circuits & Outlets - If you will be adding dedicated circuits to your home, business, restaurant, or commercial facility; make sure you call Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric. Providing you with as many dedicated circuits as you need is our goal. Our dedicated circuit installation services are also perfect if you’re planning to add on an extra room to your home or a separate apartment or garage. We can install a dedicated circuit virtually anywhere so you won’t have to worry about putting your safety or the safety of your electrical devices at risk. All new circuits include breakers for added protection.

Get The Power You Need Where You Need It - In the location where you need it is another advantage of dedicated circuits. It is possible to install various amounts of power in any given location. For example, if you need a 110-volt outlet for standard household electronics (like a stereo, computer or TV), but you need a 220-volt outlet for advanced electrical devices (like a new cooktop, over or cloths dryer), you can have a dedicated circuit installed for each. This allows you to safely operate everything at once without the risk of damage to your electrical system or the items connected to it. Our experienced electricians here at Action can also handle electrical wiring for new devices and provide you with expert advice to ensure you have the correct type of dedicated circuit for your home or business needs.

New Electrical Outlets & GFCI's - Action can install an additional electrical outlet for the new flat panel TV, or move an existing outlet to accomodate the new home office equipment you recently purchased. Whatever the reason, if you need an outlet installed, replaced or moved... call the ActionMan and his team!

What Is A GFCI? A Ground-fault circuit interupter (GFCI) provide the best available protection against severe shock and electrocution. They can be both inside and outside. A GFCI device will turn off the electricity in a circuit when it senses a difference in the amount of electricity passing through the device and returning through the device, or a "leak" of current from the circuit. GFCI's have been in homes since the early 70's and are required on electrical circuits that come within six feet of water. This includes outlets in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, utility rooms and outdoor outlets. If a remodel is going to take place, call us now and plan ahead to begin these changes prior to the start of the remodel. If your location doesn't have a GFCI anywhere...Action highly recommends you do so ASAP. Let us help you plan a budget and get started before you have any issues.

Why Do You Need GFCI outlets? Safety is the biggest reason, and since City Codes may have changed since your location was built, you need to know that now before you begin any remodel or design project. Technology out there now is better than what you have. Keeping your home, business, or commercial institution up to date is extremely important. Keeping the value of your asset intact is insuring that your investment will continue when you sell. Inspections often reveal issues you could have been working on with a budget instead of having to resolve or give up valuable dollars at close.

Action Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric is here to help you with any and all electrical needs. Get it done before you have to, it may save time, money, and potential incidents in the future. The key to an efficient work space, kitchen, laundry room, or pool area must begin and end with safety of all electical. Superior electrical paired with any appliances, motors, ceiling fans, and things that plug in are a fact of daily life. Not keeping up with current City Codes and replacing electric wiring, panels, and circuits when you need to are like not putting gas in your vehicle. You will never achieve success in getting where you need to go.

Want to create a special design look you’ll love? Explore sink, faucet, countertops, wall color, and cabinet options and major appliances with the exact styles you need. Call today for your free estimate or to schedule service!

Get Inspired! When you are ready, call Action Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Heating & Electrical. We are experts offering the most reliable and trusted home improvement services in Madison, WI 608-249-3747, and in Sun Prairie, WI: 608-837. Ask about all the cities we service in the Madison community. Call the Actionman today!

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