The electrical panel in your home can wear down over time. Your house may also increase its electrical needs, and your electricity may not be able to support the greater demand. As a result, faulty electrical units are unfortunately one of the leading causes of house fires annually. It is an important component of one’s house to mind, especially when the following occurs.
Circuits Keep Tripping
Each electrical panel houses numerous electrical circuits which power various rooms in the house. When there is an electrical shortage or overcurrent, the circuit “trips” to prevent damage to the wires and a potential fire. If the circuits trip frequently, it may be time to upgrade to a more efficient system.
Lights Flicker or Dim
If your lights flicker or dim when you turn on more than one light, your electrical circuits are not capable of handling the home’s demand for electricity; the current is too strong for it to handle. This can be hazardous; call a professional to deal with electrical inspections and installations.
You Have a Fuse Box
Some homes have a fuse box instead of an electrical panel. Instead of circuits tripping, fuses burn out and need replacing. With the newer panels, you can turn the circuits back on with no problem. Upgraded panels can also be safer than a fuse box, especially if it is over 20 years old.
You See Burn Marks
As the electrical panel and wires wear out over time, burning can eventually happen. You can detect signs of fire in the electrical panel by smell and sight. If you see burn marks or flickering or smell an odor, call for emergency electrical services.
Benefits of Updating the Electrical Panel
Even if your electrical panel is in good working order, it can benefit your home to get a replacement if your model is over 20 years old or known to be dangerous. You will have added safety, which is the priority in any house. This, in turn, promotes insurance benefits and a higher resale value. If you are thinking of remodeling your home, you will want to make sure your electricity is in good condition before adding new fixtures. Remember always to hire a professional and experienced electrician to handle the electrical panel and wiring for a safe design and installation. If you live in Maryland, North Arundel Contracting is your full-service contracting company!
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