New Service- How far to take it?

Old 03-29-14, 02:59 PM
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New Service- How far to take it?

What constitutes a "new service"? How far into the system do folks usually take a new service? Meaning, how much of the branch circuits are usually updated at the same time? Is it typical for a new panel to be installed but all the wiring inside of it is old? Is it silly to just update the panel but yet it serves old wiring?

Just a few questions I had about getting a "new service"....
Old 03-29-14, 03:14 PM
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The existing branch circuits are run into the new panel all the time. The service consists of the wiring that feeds into and out of the meter socket and into the panel. There are also grounding and bonding issues that need to be done.
Old 03-29-14, 06:09 PM
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Is it silly to just update the panel but yet it serves old wiring?
Not at all...... unless the wiring needs to be replaced if it's old or rotted.
Replacing inside home circuitry wiring is not included in a service change unless it becomes too short to reach the panel and needs to be spliced.
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Usually the new service includes the weather head down to the meter pan, into the main panel, and reconnecting the circuits as others mentioned.

It will also include ground rods (likely two), a new (or at least inspected) bonding wire to where the water main enters the house (assuming metal piping), and bonding jumpers across your water heater and water meter.

Some complications can arise if the main panel location isn't directly inside the house from the meter, or if you're upgrading from an old floor-level fuse box or something like that.

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