Get Some Basic Background about Electrical Panels
Every home is equipped with an electrical service panel and this is what controls the different electrical circuits in home system. When your home is experiencing insufficient power, then it could be that your panel is more than 20 years old and that it is time for your to upgrade your service panel.
Know that your home has an electrical panel when you flip the breaker switches sometimes in order to fix your electrical problems. It is good to realize that you will save time and money if you know the basics of your home’s electrical circuitry every time there is a power shortage in your place. You will be able to decide whether to do it yourself in the repair of your electrical concerns or hire a professional electrician to solve the problem, if you have some electrical knowledge in the first place.
In totality, the panel will do the distribution of power to the various circuits in your house. And so, with the flipping of a single breaker, the switch will turn off the power of only one area only like the bedroom. It is recommended that you label rows of on/off switches of your electrical panel, at the same time show the circuit it controls.
You will know that there is a fuse that has blown off when there is a stoppage of electrical functions like the lights have turned off, or your hair blower won’t function. Depending on which electrical panel you have in your house, circuits would immediately shut down to make sure safety is observed as you experience a power overload or short circuit. In order to prevent overheating that would lead to sparks and electrical fires, the circuit will shut down automatically. Sometimes you can solve the problem by either flipping the circuit breaker switch or replace the fuse, or by changing the configuration of your plug to have an even distribution of electricity. But in cases when overloading is not the problem, contacting an electrician is the better action so the professional will be the one to investigate for possible more serious electrical issues.
Be aware that the electrical panels of the past cannot simply handle modern electrical needs because of its design. And so if your home belongs to the old generation with less than 200 amps of available electricity, with today’s modern appliances and gadgets, you are to upgrade with a new electrical service panel.
An electric panel update is your immediate solution, and do not wait for an electrician to tell you this, once you are experiencing electrical issues because you have already an outdated and overstressed electrical panel.