The home’s electrical panel is command HQ for the entire system. If there’s problems with the electrical panel, then the entire system will be affected. Here are a few signs it may be time to replace the electrical panel.
- Frequently tripping breakers
If you’re using too many devices or appliances at once, the circuit may get overwhelmed, automatically activating the breakers that will shut off electricity.
- Repeatedly blowing fuses
A fuse is typically a metal wire that actually melts when overheated, stopping the power surge. If fuses are constantly being burned, your electrical panel may need to be upgraded.
- Flickering or dimming lights
No, it’s not your mind playing tricks on you. Flickering or dimming lights are signs of an electrical issue that needs to be addressed.
- Warm, discolored, or sparking outlets
If an outlet is warm to the touch, sparking, or discolored, your home is at risk of an electrical fire. Call Blue Apple as soon as possible for professional electric service.
- Tingling sensation when touching electric appliance
You shouldn’t be feeling an electric charge when touching an appliance. If you do, then there may be a problem with the panel.
- Persistent burning smell
Your electrical system shouldn’t be cooking itself. If it is, then you’ll notice a burning smell. Don’t wait until you’ve got an electrical fire to call Blue Apple.
- Lack of GFCIs
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) helps prevent electric shock in rooms with frequent water use. If you don’t have these installed in the kitchen, laundry room, and basement, your system may be outdated.
- Two-prong undergrounded outlets
Two-pronged outlets are a relic that need to be replaced with modern outlets equipped with three prongs.
The Risks of a Malfunctioning Electric System
An outdated electric system poses the following dangers to the home:
- Fire hazard
Bad wiring, such as exposed or heated wires, may ignite and start a house fire.
- Risk of electrocution
Old, worn out wiring makes it difficult for the electrical current to travel properly, increasing the risk of electrocution.
- Reduced lifespan of electrical appliances
A damaged electrical system will damage modern devices and appliances.
It’s important to update the electrical panel to protect the entire home — not just the devices, but your loved ones as well. Call Blue Apple to schedule an appointment today.