Unless you live (quite literally) under a rock, nearly every home in Washington, from Seattle to Spokane, runs on electricity. In today’s day and age electricity is key to survival. It powers your fridge to keep your food fresh, fuels your AC in the summer, and keeps you from having to do laundry by hand. Your home’s electrical system revolves around your electrical panel. When your electrical panel breaks or has issues, your whole system is susceptible to failure.
About Electrical Panels
Electrical panels are the main distribution point connecting service wires to exit wires. They link wires from the street to internal electrical wires that lead to your home’s electrical system. Usually, your electrical panels live in your garage, basement, or somewhere in a closet, discrete and away from daily household activity. In some cases, you may have various sub-panels that connect to a dedicated area such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Upkeep and Maintenance on Electrical Panels
Having too many things plugged into one outlet can eventually overload your electrical panels and lead to damage. To avoid this, try plugging things in one at a time or use multiple outlets instead. Resetting your breaker regularly can lead to damaged wires which can also affect your electrical panels.
With how important electricity is in your home it’s vital that you get regular maintenance checks on your electrical panels. Most experts agree that a good maintenance schedule is getting an inspection every 3 years, but if you can, annual maintenance is even better.
When to Repair or Replace
There are several issues that can indicate an issue with your electrical panel.
- flickering lights
- Tripping breakers
- Low running appliances
- overheating conducts and
- crackling panel boxes
are all signs that a repair of replacement is necessary. If your electrical panel is older (mid-20th century or prior) it is also a good idea to have it looked at, if not replaced. Though it may seem to work fine, oftentimes mid century electrical panels cannot keep up with modern electrical needs and are more prone to overload.
When it comes to electricity it’s always safest to call a professional who is trained to handle these sorts of issues. This both ensures that you stay safe and that the problem is addressed completely and fixed properly the first time.
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