When it comes to the safety of your home, keeping your circuit breakers in good repair is one of the most important things you can do. Fortunately, it is also one of the simplest and most economical. This article will discuss the function of a circuit breaker in your home. It also lists some of the major signs that may indicate your circuit breaker needs to be repaired or replaced.
In today’s world, most of us enjoy the benefits of electricity with the flip of a switch. We don’t often think about what is going on behind the outlets or the power surging through our walls. Electricity is a modern convenience, but it can also be dangerous if not handled properly.
Your circuit breaker panel is like the electrical heart of your home. Each breaker supplies the “life-giving” current that powers your lights, appliances, televisions, and a host of other things that offer entertainment and help to run our lives efficiently and smoothly. When one of those breakers stops working, however, it can cause issues ranging from minor inconvenience to a potential fire hazard. Therefore, it is important to keep your circuit breakers in good repair. Read on to discover some of the things to look for if you’re concerned about proper circuit breaker maintenance.
If there is a singed or burning scent in the air, it is a good indication that there might be something wrong with at least one of your circuit breakers. One way to check this is by physically running your hand across the surface of the circuit panel, sometimes called a breaker box. The area should feel fairly cool, so if you feel any hot areas this could indicate possible circuit breaker failure. Also, check to see if there is any visible evidence of scorch marks. If any of these things are present, it is a good idea to shut the main breaker off to the house, and call an electrician to repair your circuit breakers immediately.
Sometimes, we might experience potentially serious electrical warning signs without even realizing it. For instance, do you notice frequent damage to lights and appliances? How about that annoying light in your bathroom that won’t stop flickering while you’re getting ready in the morning? It’s easy to think of things like this as minor inconveniences, however it could be a sign that a circuit breaker is in need of repair, so it is worth taking a second look. If the same light bulb keeps burning out, or your appliances are in frequent need of repair, it might be time to have your circuit breaker panel examined by a qualified electrician.
At least once in our lives, most of us have experienced an overloaded circuit breaker. Maybe you’re making a holiday dinner, and you use too many appliances at once. Perhaps you have too many family members all using different devices plugged into the same area. Regardless of the reason, the circuit breaker can become overloaded and someone will need to make the trek down to the basement (or wherever your circuit breaker panel is located) and reset the circuit. To an extent, this is normal. However, if you start to notice that your circuit breaker “trips” or switches off frequently, even under normal or light use conditions, it could be an indicator that your circuit breaker needs professional attention.
Circuit breakers are built to last a long time. However, like anything else in your home, they will eventually need repair or replacement. If your breakers frequently need to be reset, or if the spring seems loose and will not allow your breaker to stay in place once you have reset it, that is a good indication it is suffering age-related wear. In addition, if it has been a decade or more since your circuit breakers have been inspected, you will want to have your them examined by a licensed electrician. They’ll make sure everything is working properly and is in good condition.
Proper circuit breaker maintenance by licensed professionals can bring peace of mind to the homeowner as chances of fire and other related damages will be greatly reduced. Your appliances will last longer and work at optimum efficiency. Your lights will work as they should, and you won’t experience the inconvenience of flickering bulbs or even bulbs that burn out almost as fast as you can replace them. It can also increase the confidence of a potential buyer if you choose to sell your home.
Repairing or replacing circuit breakers is an economical way to help ensure the your home’s integrity and your family’s safety. While many home repairs can be accomplished by the homeowner, anything involving electricity can be dangerous. There’s a chance DIY repairs could result in damages or even fire if proper procedures are not followed. Therefore, it is important to enlist the services of licensed professionals. They will determine the extent of your needs, and to ensure your circuit breakers are repaired properly. This greatly reduces or eliminates potential fire hazards or lesser annoyances that can occur when your home electrical system has not been properly maintained. Don’t wait for a minor inconvenience to become a serious issue. Take control of your home and contact a licensed professional today.
Our team offers a wide variety of services to help keep your home’s electrical system in good condition. We will gladly discuss your electrical needs while providing the expertise needed to properly address your circuit breaker concerns.