Arc-Fault Circuit Upgrades in Charlotte, NC
AFCI Breaker & Panel Service by Experienced Electricians
Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) are modern devices designed to protect your home. They work by detecting faults in a circuit that create possible fire hazards and, when an arc is detected, will trip the breaker to prevent a fire from starting.
Whether you’re planning an addition to your home, childproofing your electrical system, or looking to add new light fixtures and receptables, upgrading existing circuit breakers to AFCI breakers can provide important protection for your family and your property. Our team at Parks Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical can help ensure your job is done right the first time.
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Parks Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical offers AFCI and electrical panel upgrades to customers across the Charlotte area. Give us a call at (704) 313-1443 to request an estimate.
What is an Arc-Fault?
An arc-fault is a fault in a circuit that occurs when electrical current flows through an unplanned path. It’s often caused by damaged or deteriorating wiring and devices, as well as overloaded outlets and circuits.
Because arcing creates very high temperatures at the peak of the arc, it’s a major hazard that can easily ignite surrounding material, such as wood framing, insulation, or drywall. Arcing hazards in electrical systems are a serious issue and should be remedied by an experienced electrician.
What is an AFCI?
AFCIs are electrical safety devices that detect and remove hazardous arcing conditions before fires start.
AFCIs are different than GFCIs, and they work by monitoring circuits for unsafe electrical abnormalities. When an arc is detected, an AFCI will immediately discontinue the flow of electricity through the circuit to eliminate the hazard. AFCI protection can be provided by using a special breaker (branch feeder AFCI) at the panel, as well as outlet branch circuit AFCIs, combination AFCIs, and other devices when appropriate.
AFCIs are essential to keeping people and property safe. You can think of them just like you would a smoke alarm and CO2 detector or backflow preventers for your plumbing – they’re that important. In fact, the U.S. CPSC estimates that AFCIs could prevent over half of the 50,000 electrical fires that occur each year in the U.S. – that’s a powerful statistic.
When Are AFCI Upgrades Required?
AFCIs have been required by the National Electric Code for certain applications since 1999 and today are required for nearly all 120-vote, single-phase, 15- and 20-amp branch circuits in a home. This includes switches and lighting outlets, recessed lights, and hard-wired smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
If you have an older electrical system, any new modifications you make to an existing circuit, such as replacing a receptacle or adding a light fixture or switch, may require an AFCI upgrade. Our team can evaluate your electrical system and whether it may need upgrading. We can also troubleshoot any electrical system faults exposed by the installation of an AFCI, such as damaged wiring, incorrect wiring, or neutral ground-faults in circuits that were previously working without an AFCI.
Your One Stop Shop for AFCI Upgrades in Charlotte
Upgrading an electrical panel is dangerous work that should be handled by a licensed professional. If you’re looking to tackle an AFCI upgrade or other work to your system, let Parks Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing a licensed pro is on the job. We offer upfront and flat-rate pricing, and your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Contact us to request an estimate.