Home Electric Repair, Meyer Electrical Services Inc.
Written by Walt Meyer

Understanding the Electrical Upgrade (Heavy-Up) Process

Many homeowners have questions about electrical upgrades, particularly heavy-ups, and want to know what exactly the process entails. A heavy-up upgrade ensures your home can safely handle your electrical demands. Meyer Electrical Services, Inc. specializes in these upgrades, ensuring your home’s electrical system is robust, reliable, and ready to meet your needs.

Why Consider a Heavy-Up?

You might need an electrical service upgrade, commonly known as a heavy-up, for several reasons:

  • Lack of Space: Your current panel doesn’t have room for additional circuits.
  • Increased Amperage Needs: New appliances or devices require more power than your current system can provide.
  • Frequent Circuit Overloads: Circuit breakers trip often, indicating an overloaded system.
  • Home Renovations: Upcoming remodels or expansions will necessitate a higher service capacity.

The Meyer Electrical Services, Inc. Advantage

Meyer Electrical Services, Inc. only uses top-tier products like Cutler Hammer panel boards and circuit breakers. We stand behind our work with a lifetime warranty on all electrical panels, circuit breakers, and generator installations we perform in Bethesda, MD. This warranty covers both the hardware and labor, ensuring peace of mind for our customers.

Step-by-Step Process

Understanding the process can alleviate concerns and set clear expectations. Here’s what you can expect when you choose Meyer Electrical Services, Inc. for your heavy-up upgrade:

  1. Initial Consultation: Contact us to discuss your electrical issues. We’ll determine if a heavy-up is the right solution and provide a free estimate.
  2. Estimate Approval: Once you’re comfortable with our plan and estimate, we proceed with the necessary steps to enhance your electrical system.
  3. Permit Acquisition: We handle all the bureaucratic legwork by pulling the required electrical permit. This ensures the upgrade complies with local regulations and is inspected for safety.
  4. Execution of Heavy-Up: The upgrade typically takes about 7 to 8 hours, with power to your home being off for half of that time. Our experienced technicians work efficiently to minimize disruption.
  5. Inspection: After the work is completed, a local inspector will review the upgrade to ensure everything meets the highest safety standards.
  6. Notification to Power Company: We inform your power provider (e.g., PEPCO) about the upgrade, which involves submitting a class of service application to indicate that the heavy-up has been performed and inspected.
  7. Final Steps by Power Company: The power company then conducts its review, which can take 30 to 90 days, and makes the last connections to your home’s meter and service Weatherhead.

Celebrating Your Upgraded Electrical Service

Once PEPCO completes the final connections, your home’s electrical system is officially upgraded. You can now enjoy increased safety and capacity and worry-free powering of all your current and future devices and appliances.

Choosing Meyer Electrical Services, Inc. for your heavy-up means opting for quality, reliability, and peace of mind. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction ensures that your electrical upgrade is in the best hands. If you’re experiencing any signs that a heavy-up might be necessary, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to ensure your home’s electrical system is safe, efficient, and ready to meet your needs.