Defective Electrical Panel
Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Brian Hall
Was your home built between 1950 and 1989? Certain electrical panels have lost their certification. They can be quite dangerous; these panels can work fine for years. However, energy demands in typical homes have increased. The energy panel could overheat, and the electrical panel may melt. Individual circuit breakers have built-in safety measures that shut off power when too much is plugged into one outlet or there’s a short circuit.
Sometimes when a defective panel overheats, and the electric panel doesn’t trip or can’t be shut down manually. As a result, the electric panels wires can melt and potentially catch on fire. If your electrical panel is over 25 years old you should have it inspected by a professional electrician.
Waiting is a risk.
According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), faulty wiring is the leading cause of residential fires. The National Electric Code (NEC) updates electrical codes and standards for outlets and wiring every three years. Their mission is to keep up with technology designed to keep your home and family safe. Has the wiring in your home gotten any attention since the 2014 NEC code updates? Chances are it’s been far longer than that.
Why update electrical panel wiring?
Installing sufficient wiring goes beyond safety. It also means enhancing your home’s functionality, reliability, and safety to keep up with today’s ever-increasing power needs. This applies not only to the installation of current electrical wiring, but wiring for your phone, Internet, cable, and more.
If you have any of these warning signs it’s time to call Performance Air Conditioning, Electric & Plumbing;
- Frequently blown fuses or tripped breakers
- Dimming or flickering lights, indicating the circuit is overloaded or has a loose connection
- Hot or discolored switch plates, cords or plugs
- Light bulbs that frequently burn out in a socket, signaling a fixture that can’t handle the bulb wattage
If you are unsure of your panels age, or if you have concerns about your electrical system give us a call.