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Signs That Your Breaker Is About To Fail

One of the most often overlooked elements of home improvement is the breaker panel. Until it fails entirely, it's easy to forget that it's even there. If you're unfamiliar with the typical signs of impending breaker failure, you might find yourself caught unaware and in the dark. Here's a look at some of the reasons you should start considering a breaker panel replacement sooner rather than later.

Resetting the Breaker Panel Frequently

If you find that the breaker panel needs to be reset frequently, such as once a month or more often, that's an indication that you're putting too much demand on the system. If you're finding yourself in the dark increasingly more often, it's time to ease the demand on that breaker panel's reset button by installing a new one.

The Home's Wiring is Old and Worn

If you're certain that the wiring in your house hasn't been updated in at least a couple of decades, there's a good chance that the wiring is feeling the strain of time. Wiring from that long ago simply wasn't designed to hold up to the demands that we place on it with technology now. Sometimes, the new devices draw more power than old wiring is equipped to supply at one time. An upgraded breaker panel and some new wiring can help your home hold up to your electronics needs.

Too Many Appliances At Once Trip the Breaker

Multi-tasking may be advantageous at work, but it's also important at home. If your breaker panel gets strained when you run multiple appliances simultaneously, that's a sure sign that the breaker panel is getting ready to go out. You might notice that you can't make coffee while the microwave is running or the lights flicker when you start the dishwasher. Both of those things are indications that the breaker's being asked to do too much. Overtaxing the breaker panel can lead to short circuits, which may cause serious damage. Upgrade the breaker panel to improve your power demand capacity.

Any time you decide to upgrade your breaker panel, you'll also want to make sure that your wiring is up to code. Sometimes, an older breaker panel is a sign that the wiring behind it is aging, too. Work with an electrician who can help you do the work properly, because a single incorrect or incomplete connection could spark an electrical fire or cause a short somewhere in your home's electrical circuit. For more information, contact a business such as Attaboy Electric Service LLC.