Across your home, the electrical panel regulates the electricity coursing through it. To stop the electricity from overloading the wiring, should too much electricity be demanded on a circuit, the circuit breaker is tripped in the electrical panel. The electrical panel’s purpose is to break the circuit and regulate the electricity in the system to keep your home and family safe because overloads can easily ignite fires. The electrical panel could have a hard time keeping up with the increased electrical demands on the system as the older homes continues to age. Though the computers, HVAC systems, lights, appliances, televisions, and other electrical gadgets are increasingly energy efficient, our homes are overwhelmed with electrical use. Homes over ten years of age should be considered a candidate for electrical panel upgrades. Today, we at Call Burley Electrical Services, Inc would like to further elaborate on electrical panels.
Electronic Panel Operation
A power meter on the outside of your home is where the main power line from your electric company connects directly to where the line feeds directly to the electrical panel. The electrical panel, usually painted gray, is typically discovered in the utility room, basement, or garage. There is a row of switches within the electrical panel. The main power line is distributed by the circuit breakers into smaller branch lines. Because they power appliances that require large electricity loads, like as air conditioners and electric dryers for example, some of the switches are doubled or tripled. According to the numbers on the switches, there should be a label that maps out the locations of the outlets and appliances along the inside of the electrical panel door. The number that coincides with them is how many amps the branch line can carry before the breaker switch is tripped. Also, the electrical panel has a main power breaker that can turn off power to the whole system.
Signs of a Bad Circuit Breaker Box
Most of the time the old electrical panels can malfunction problems stem from overloaded circuits. It typically begins with lights flickering or unplugging a larger appliance in order to plug in something else that’s on the same circuit. Eventually, the breaker will constantly trip, which leads to potential electrocution as well as potential smoke, fire, and melted wires from overheating.
Electrical Panel Inspection
Check on the electrical panel, especially if it is over 25 years old, and look for any of the below indications that point to requiring an upgraded electrical panel.
1) Crackling sounds emit from the electrical panel.
2) Circuit breakers are corrupted with rust or corrosion.
3) The interior of the panels is warm.
4) Appliances are operating below their standard output.
5) Outlets are nearby water sources like tubs, sinks, washing machine or dishwashers for example.
6) Extension cords are commonplace.
7) Home is equipped with 60-amp electrical service or 100-amp electrical service, but the appliances are not operating t their full potential.
8) An older home features a fuse block panel or split-bus panel and is absent of a main breaker.
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If you believe your electrical panels are in need of an upgrade, Call Burley Electrical Services, Inc has qualified experts that can inspect your electrical panels and assess the need for an upgrade, and if one is better for your home’s electrical system and safety, our experts will recommend the right solution. Call us today to get started!