A Faulty Electrical Panel Can Be Deadly And May Cause Fire In Dallas Homes
An electrical panel, which is also known as a panel board is very important in Dallas homes because it helps to supply power into sub panels, or circuits to provide current throughout the residents. If your home has an older electrical panel with fuses, safety can be an issue. Even some brands of newer electrical panels equipped with circuit breakers can pose safety hazards and should be upgraded.
Another reason to upgrade your electric panel is if it’s too small. To say it’s “too small” means it doesn’t supply enough power — a clue is that fuses are frequently blowing or breakers are frequently flipping off. Or possibly, a contractor has told you that your home or business needs more power for a new air conditioner or other installation and needs an electrical panel upgrade.
`Or possibly, a contractor has told you that your home or business needs more power for a new air conditioner or other installation and needs an electrical panel upgrade. Check out this video here.
The heart of any wiring system is the electric panel – the source from which power is distributed throughout a building via circuits. Every circuit is protected by a breaker, but if one of them draws too much power, the breaker will trip.
That’s why it is essential that the breaker is the right size for the circuit it is protecting. Constantly tripping, buzzing, or hot breakers are signs of problems in the panel. It is important to check and maintain the panel regularly in order to prevent serious damage.
Every time one of our certified electricians goes out on a service and maintenance call, he or she will perform a panel check to look for signs of wear and tear and tighten all the connections. The electrician will also check that the panel isn’t overloaded because many modern homes and offices are full of high-power, hi-tech appliances and electronics, for which the original builder may not have made allowances.
Hence, the wiring systems in many older buildings are overloaded, which is a major risk of fire. We have certified thermographers who are trained to use our infrared thermal camera to troubleshoot systems that are overloaded or are overheating due to poor connections. An overloaded panel generates heat before it burns or shorts, which allows a wiring problem to be nipped in the bud before it becomes expensive and dangerous.
Unsafe Electrical Panels That Could Be Hiding In Your Home
Outdated panels don’t just make you uncool like a pair of outdated bell-bottoms might. They can also be extremely unsafe. You see, electrical panels contain safety devices (either fuses or circuit breakers) that trip and shut off the power when too much electricity flows through them. This helps prevent fires caused by overheating wires. If you have one of these unsafe and outdated electrical panels, we highly recommend replacing them. At the very least, you should have an electrician inspect the panel to see if there are any signs of problems. If you have an older home that needs an electrical wiring or service upgrade, call (214) 238-8353 the professionals at Berkeys Plumbing today.
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