You may not realize this, but your electrical panel is the core of your home’s electrical wiring system. It is the means by which your home receives and delivers the current to the many circuits throughout your house from the power lines. When it is outdated or needing to be replaced or repaired, it becomes a fire hazard to your home. Burley Electrical Services would like to talk about some signs that indicate it is time to have your electrical panel replaced.
Poor Electrical Panel Manufacturing Process
If your home is an older residence, there is a chance that your electrical panel has dangerous flaws that pose a fire hazard. Even if your electrical panel was manufactured as recently as 1980, it could be dangerous. Manufacturers like Federal Pacific, Zinsco , and Pushmatic all have weak breakers or design flaws that make them dangerous to have in your home. These poor manufacturing processes could result in fires or shocking hazards that make it necessary to replace them as soon as possible.
Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping
If you find your circuit breakers are tripping more often than you think they should, there could be many reasons for this. You may be experiencing a power surge, or it could be sign that you need to replace the electrical panel. When you reset your breaker and it won’t stay that way for longer than a few minutes, you may have a problem. If the wiring is starting to get old, it will not be working properly like it should, and you should have your electrical panel inspected and evaluated by an electrician.
Visual Damage During Electrical Panel Inspection
If you notice your electrical panel has any rust or corrosion, it is more than likely time to replace it. You may notice crackling noises coming from your panel as well, and this is a dangerous sign that things aren’t right.
Electrical Panel Upgrade During Addition or Remodel
If you are getting ready to put an addition onto your home, or do some remodeling, you need to consider the fact that you may need to upgrade your panel to function with the extra load. If you are planning to remodel a room like your kitchen that already requires a lot of power for appliances, you need to make sure your panel can handle it. Added appliances require your panel to be upgraded to the appropriate amps so that you won’t have a problem running them.
Circuit Breaker Smells like Burning
The biggest risk of having an outdated electrical panel is the risk of fire in your home. If at any time you notice a burning smell coming from your panel, or if it feels hot to the touch, you need to have it evaluated right away to avoid an electrical fire hazard.
Quality Electrical Panel Upgrades & Wiring Work in Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Davie, Fort Lauderdale & South Florida
Because of the risks involved when working with live wires and the electrical aspects of a home, this should never be a DIY project. There are real dangers when working with electricity and it should only be handled by professional electricians. Burley Electrical Services can inspect your electrical panel and tell you whether or not you need to upgrade to a new one in order for your home to be safe from a fire hazard. Call for an appointment today.