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These Signs Indicate You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade

electrician working on wiresOf the various problems you might face as a homeowner, electrical issues are among the most concerning, since you have your family’s safety to consider. Electrical malfunctions can cause injury in the form of electrocution, or even fires and subsequent property damage. It’s vital to your home and safety that you have a professional electrician check the wiring in your home at least once every few years. Without this level of home care, you increase the risk of running into a problem.

One of the most commonly neglected—or rather, forgotten—electrical components in most homes is the electrical panel. Homes today are increasing their electrical demand, with the addition of high-efficiency appliances, home theaters, and even mobile devices that need charging. But homeowners aren’t upgrading their electrical systems to accommodate for all of this, which can lead to a Danvers, MA electric repair service more often than you would like, not to mention the safety risks we already mentioned.

But do you know how to detect if you need an electrical panel upgrade? Keep reading for a brief guide on how to do so.

Flickering Lights

It may be fun to joke about how your house is “probably just haunted” when you see flickering lights, but it’s actually important to know that this is usually caused by a short circuit in your electrical system. Now, when it occurs to just one small light fixture or lamp, it’s probably just that fixture that’s malfunctioning.

However, if you notice this occurrence in an entire section of your living space, then the short circuit is probably somewhere in the home and you have a bigger issue on your hands. If you find yourself noticing this symptom pretty frequently, then we definitely recommend that you give our pros a call as soon as possible.

Hot Spots

We aren’t talking about a section of your home being hotter than another, but rather when you put your hand on a light switch, outlet, or spot on your wall and notice that it’s warm to the touch. If it’s a dimmer switch, this is natural.

Otherwise, though, hot spots typically are indicative of points in the electrical system where current is flowing in a direction that it shouldn’t be. Electrical current that diverts to an area it’s not supposed to go throws off heat due to excess energy—which is what you’re feeling when you detect those hot spots.

This is a sign of a breach in your electrical system and should not be ignored.

Circuit Breakers Tripping

The circuit breakers are there to protect your home from power surges. Whole house surge protection is a great way to add protection on top of this, by the way. In the meantime though, it’s important to ensure the breakers can handle the power going through them. When part of your electrical system begins to carry voltage beyond safety limits, the circuit breaker trips and that portion of the system is shut down until the problem is repaired, or until you reset the circuit breakers.

If you notice multiple breakers or the same circuit breaker frequently need to be reset, however, then you either have too much power being diverted to that one location in your home (try unplugging a few things and putting them in different outlets that have less electrical demand, if possible), or you do in fact need an electrical panel upgrade.

Contact FB Electrical Services Inc. for your electrical panel upgrade and any other electrical services you may need.

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