Red Deer, Alberta Electrical Panel Installation Services
Breaker boxes or electrical panels channel electricity from the electric company to the home, and regulate how much energy is distributed to each circuit. When the panel is broken, a lot of systems in your home might not work as well. If your breakers need constant resetting and some of your outlets are out of order, you might have to call a professional electrician. A professional will be able to repair your old panel or install a new one to get your home back in working order.
Panels are usually located in a convenient closet, a garage, or someplace outside of the house. Every homeowner should know the location of their electrical panel and understand its basic functions. Some models and ages of boards are not safe to use anymore. If you are unsure on the age of your panel you can simply have your local electrician find that out for you.
When should you replace your electrical panel?
Breakers regulate the amount of electrical energy that flows into a circuit. In case a circuit is overloaded, the breaker trips and shuts down the electricity flow. You may have been through this situation before when you had several devices running at the same time in the same circuit. For this to be fixed, all you need to do is unplug the devices and reset the breaker.
If this is happening on a regular basis however, you may require professional servicing to replace your old panel with an updated one with enough capacity to adequately supply all your family’s power usage needs. On the other hand, if it’s just one breaker that keeps tripping, even if the system is not overloaded, it could just be that the breaker needs to be replaced.
If you have had to replace a lot of breakers already then it may be time to just get a new panel. If you “inherited” the panel from the previous owner of your home and aren’t sure how old it is, a mix of different breaker brands and colors is a good visual indication that a number of breakers have had to be replaced.
When you are replacing an old appliance with a new one, you should always ask an electrician to check to make sure your panel is compatible, otherwise, you might overload your system. This is more important when the new appliance needs more power than the old one. When an old panel cannot support a new appliance, it’s time to get a new panel.
The new panels that are available in stores now come with AFCI outlets that serve as protection to the wires from jumping electricity. If you’ve had your panels installed before 1999, they might not have this safety feature included. If AFCI outlets are not on the panel or at the start of circuits, your home could be in danger.
A certified electrician is able to inspect your outlets as well as your panel and determine if there are any points of vulnerability that need addressing. It’s cost-effective to install ACFI outlets at each circuit’s outset than replace the whole panel.
The remedy for rusting or corrosion anywhere on or around your electrical panel is to replace the panel right away. Worn out panels are a common cause of electrical fires and power surges.
Other signs that your panel needs replacing include:
- appliances overheating quickly when plugged in
- lights flickering when appliances are in use
- melted electrical wires
- burn marks on panel or outlets
- burning smell coming from panel
- popping or other noises coming from the breaker box
- panel is warm or hot to the touch
When you find something wrong with the electrical energy of your home, contact a professional immediately. An overloaded circuit could end up damaging or destroying anything that is plugged into it. Ignoring signs of a faulty panel can end up costing a lot more and can be hazardous. If the electrical board is faulty this can result in electric shocks and even dangerous flames.
Though you can expect an electrical panel to last for several years, it will definitely eventually experience wear and tear. For one thing, the wires connected to the panel can become frayed or worn. In some cases, rodents may chew on the wires and cause a disruption in the system. No matter what the problem you have with your panel, an electrician can readily check it and make a recommendation on how to fix it.
At the minimum, it could just be the replacement of a wire, or at the most, a replacement of the entire panel. If such is the case, you can have your electrician suggest possible options and install the new panel for you to return to a state when there’s reliable electricity in your home.
In order for your family and your appliances to be safe, you need to have a professional conduct an inspection on your panel. Nobody other than a professional electrician should attempt to repair or replace an electrical panel. Those who are not familiar with it may be at a great risk for serious injury when they try to handle it. Electricians have training on a wide range of electrical work and can give quick and safe electrical service.