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Electrician in McKinney Texas: ABR Electric

Electrical Panel Upgrades
Standby Generators
Outdoor Security Lighting
EV Home Charging Station
small electrical jobs

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ We had a hard time finding an electrician interested in the small job of replacing one breaker in our panel but ABR responded quickly, professionally, and courteously. They offered a three-day response time as opposed to thirty days for others. They were on time and reasonable with their charges and it was a great experience.

~ Tom J.

We live by a simple yet powerful motto:

"Do it right, make a positive memory, and have fun." 
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Everyone that we’ve interacted with from ABR has been great! We’re very pleased with all of the work that has been done and would highly recommend you guys to anyone that asked. All of the workers were very friendly and courteous during their time here, cleaned up, and completed our projects in a timely and professional manner.

~ Brett Casadonte
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’ve used ABR for every single of my electric needs for almost 2 years! They are so great to work with and provide amazing customer service. This morning when I was experiencing flickering lights and strange issues, James came right away to help troubleshoot.

~ Jessica Crawford

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ABR Electric's Up-Front Pricing ensures consistent and fair rates by removing variable charges, along with potential surprises about costs before repairs begin.

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Panel Upgrades

Give you and your family peace of mind, have ABR Electric install a panel replacement: Square D - 200-Amp Indoor Main

Indoor Lighting

ABR Electric ensures each installation adheres to the highest safety standards. Prioritizing safety and adaptability, ABR Electric makes your home elegant and practical. 

Led Lighting

EV Charging

ABR Electric is the leading installer of Home EV charging stations in Collin County. Catering to top EV brands including Chevy, Cadillac, Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi, and Tesla.

Generators

ABR Electric has the knowledge and training to install your Generac generator according to manufacturer guidelines.

ABR Electric: Authorized Generac 
Dealer

Give Our Friendly Experts a Call to Help Get the Generator You're Looking For.

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Outdoor outlets often have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) that automatically cut power to protect against electrical shock in damp environments. Check if the outlet's "reset" button has popped out and press it back in. If that doesn't solve the issue, there could be a tripped breaker in your main electrical panel or a more significant electrical problem requiring professional assistance. James Adams, Master Electrician, explains more in this video:

Upgrading your electrical panel is important to keep your home safe and your electrical system running smoothly. You might need an upgrade if your panel is old, can't handle your home's power needs, or trips often. Here are some signs and reasons to upgrade, especially if you have Zinsco or Federal Pacific panels.

Signs You Need an Upgrade
Flickering Lights: This means your electrical flow is unstable, possibly due to an overloaded or faulty panel.
Warm Electrical Panels: If your panel feels hot, it could mean it's overworking or has damaged parts, which can be a fire risk.
Frequent Breaker Trips: If your breakers trip a lot, your panel might be overloaded or faulty.
Problems with Zinsco and Federal Pacific Panels
Zinsco Panels
Zinsco panels were installed from the 1950s to the 1970s and have serious safety issues:

Breaker Failures: Zinsco breakers often fail to trip during a short circuit or overload, which can lead to fires.
Aluminum Parts: These panels use aluminum, which can corrode and cause poor connections, increasing fire risk.
Obsolete Design: Replacement parts are hard to find, and they don't meet modern safety standards.
Federal Pacific Panels
Federal Pacific panels, used from the 1950s to the 1980s, also have major problems:

Stab-Lok Breakers: These breakers often fail to trip during overloads or short circuits, which is a fire hazard.
Overheating: These panels can overheat, causing wires to melt and creating dangerous conditions.
Safety Concerns: They don't meet current safety standards and have a high failure rate.
Why Upgrade?
Safety
Upgrading to a modern panel reduces the risks of fires and electrical failures. New panels meet current safety codes and standards.

Capacity
New panels can handle the higher power needs of today's homes, which have more gadgets, appliances, and tech.

Reliability
Modern panels provide stable and consistent power, reducing issues like flickering lights and overheating.

Recommended Upgrades
ABR Electric in McKinney recommends upgrading to a 200 amp Square D panel. These panels are safe, reliable, and can handle the electrical demands of modern homes.

Steps to Upgrade Your Panel
Assessment: Have a qualified electrician check your current system and see if you need an upgrade.
Selection: Choose a modern panel, like the 200 amp Square D panel, which meets your power needs and safety codes.
Installation: A professional electrician will install the new panel and make sure everything is working correctly.
Inspection: After installation, the panel should be inspected to ensure it meets all safety standards.

Installing a whole house surge protector involves working with your main electrical panel and requires a good understanding of electrical systems. It's generally recommended to hire a licensed electrician due to safety and technical considerations. 

Running Romex cable (NM cable) through conduit is allowed under specific conditions according to the National Electrical Code (NEC). For instance, NEC Article 334.15(B) permits Romex in conduit where protection is required from physical damage. Conduit is typically used for individual wires or cables designed for conduit use. For more details and alternatives, watch this video with James Adams, master electrician for ABR Electric.

Choosing between a portable and permanent generator depends on your power needs, budget, and preferences. Portable generators offer flexibility but require manual setup during outages, while permanent generators provide automatic backup power but are more costly. 

Portable Generators:
Great for occasional use.
Costs a few thousand dollars.
You’ll need to set it up and start it manually.

Permanent Generators:
Perfect for automatic, uninterrupted power.
Costs more (between $10,000 and $15,000).
Needs professional installation (electricians, plumbers).
Installation and Maintenance:

Permanent Generators:

You need permits and must follow local rules (like HOA regulations).
Uses natural gas, so make sure you have enough supply.
Needs regular check-ups (changing air filters, oil, etc.).

Portable Generators:
Easier to set up but you have to start it when the power goes out.
Still needs some maintenance to keep it running well.
Things to Consider:

Are you okay with doing regular maintenance?
Think about how often and how long you might lose power to decide which type of generator is best for you.

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1971 Univ Business Dr #106, McKinney, TX 75071
Electrician in Collin County, Texas


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