Should I Upgrade My Electrical Panel?

An electrical panel is an electrical component that consists of a series of circuit breakers or fuses along with their supports and brackets. Each breaker has two clamps: one for electrical intake and the other for output. In most cases, the intakes are connected together to the main, while the outputs are connected to separate circuits around the house. The main role of a breaker is to monitor the amperage within the circuit and trigger a mechanical disconnection in case anomalies are detected. For determining whether all your breakers are working properly, you need to call a professional troubleshooting service.

The electrical panel or breaker box does not usually receive the same level of treatment as the breakers. This is because most people don’t know how to determine the condition of an electrical panel. However, more than 50,000 home fires occur every year due to malfunctions in the breaker box. Obviously, you need to make sure that yours in is perfect condition if you want to avoid a rather dangerous situation.

There are several factors that can indicate the fact that your service panel needs to be replaced:

  • Your panel is still using fuses instead of breakers. Circuit breakers offer better protection against electrical overloads than fuses. Additionally, breakers can be reset and reused as many times as you want, whereas fuses need to be replaced every time they blow out.
  • The connections inside your panel are loose and made by amateurs. Many handymen pretend to know how to install electrical fixtures and other types of electrical equipment, but the truth is that they rarely get it right. In most cases, they only bungle the whole system. So, if you see wires dangling inside your panel and duct tape used in abundance, then you may have to hire a troubleshooting service provider to take a look at your panel.

Woods Electric Contractor is one of the most reliable electrical companies in Sacramento, CA. We have many years of experience in the business and numerous satisfied clients. If you want to become one of them, then feel free to contact us at (916) 245-2716.