Like everything else in your home, appliances and systems will experience wear and tear and will eventually need to be replaced. Your electrical panel, sometimes called a circuit or breaker box, is no different. Your electrical panel is the primary hub for receiving and distributing utility power throughout your home, so its health is vital. Moreover, an old or faulty electrical panel is dangerous. It can cause an electrical fire and electrocution. It's important to pay attention to the signs of wear and tear and call a licensed electrician for an inspection.
Unless you are an electrician or have real experience working with your electrical system, this is not something you want to do DIY. If you do decide to inspect on your own, please turn off your main breaker to shut off all power before you start inspecting.
Below are some signs that there may be trouble with your electrical panel. If you experience any of the sign below, call a reputable electrical company like Cooper Mechanical Services in Myrtle Beach.
Burn Marks or Burn Smells: This is a clear warning that your electrical panel needs to be replaced or repaired. An electrician will examine your panel for frayed wiring or faulty connections. This sign shows that a home electrical fire is a real possibility, so don't delay.
Frequently Tripped Breakers: If one or more breakers is repeatedly tripping, it's a sign that your electricity needs are more than your box was designed to handle. An electrician will replace your electrical panel with one fit for your consumption needs.
Home Additions and Renovations: Any project that changes the size of functions of your home has the possibility of changing your home's electrical needs. An addition will most likely require a larger electrical panel capable of distributing more power to more space. Whether you need an entire new panel or a sub-panel, you'll want to call a licensed electrician for the job.
Flickering Lights: This sign means your lighting is either not receiving enough power or your panel is not equipped to handle the lights on top of large appliances in the room.
Many along the Grand Strand are familiar with our HVAC services, but Cooper Mechanical is a fully licensed electrical contractor providing complete commercial and residential electrical services. If you are concerned about the state of your electrical panel, Call Cooper.