Your breaker box is the hub of your home’s electrical system. It regulates all the currents flowing when you flip switches and turn appliances on. It needs to function optimally for you to get the most from your system and safely use it. If you’re experiencing electrical problems, consider the following, as you may need to replace the box.
Warnings Signs of Breaker Box Malfunction
1. Tripped Circuits
When the circuits in your box trip, they cut the flow of electricity. This usually means power loss in a part of your home. It’s easy to reset the circuit, and sometimes it’s just a one-off issue. If it persists, however, it may mean the circuit is overloaded and the panel can’t regulate it. This can lead to dangerous shocks and fire risks. Faulty or damaged wiring can be the cause, so have a residential electrician take a look.
The average breaker box is designed to last several decades when properly maintained. If you live in an older home or haven’t had your electrical panel checked in 10 years or more, have an electrician inspect it. Older electrical panels often can’t handle modern appliances, leading to trips and wiring overload. A professional will perform a quality check and replace the box if needed before problems arise.
3. Burning & Sparking
Burn marks or sparks around your outlets and wiring mean that you’re facing a serious fire and shock risk. These often smell like burning rubber or metal as the wires overheat. If you experience this, leave the area immediately and call an electrical repair contractor. They can pinpoint the source of the problem and safely handle repairs.
The team at WM Electric brings over 30 years of experience to their St. Louis, MO, customers. From breaker box replacements to general repairs and installations, their OSHA-certified electricians will take every step to ensure your system is functioning optimally and keeping your home safe. Call (314) 802-0001 to speak with a representative and learn more about their services by visiting their website.