As a homeowner, there are a ton of responsibilities you have to keep up with, including plumbing, yard work, and of course, electrical work. One of the main things that needs attention in regards to electrical upkeep is the periodic inspection and replacement of your breaker panel. This type of work can be dangerous and should only be done by a professional, but there are some things you can look out for yourself so you know when to call your local electrician!
Here are some of the tell tale signs that you need to get a breaker panel upgrade:
Your Panel is Only 60-100 amps
In larger homes, a 60 or 100 amp panel can be dangerous when powering such a spacious area. You will definitely want to call your electrician to come and do a thorough inspection to determine what amps you need to upgrade your breaker panel to.
Your Panel is Visibly Damaged
Any rust, loose areas throughout, or sparks of ANY kind indicate that your breaker panel absolutely needs to be replaced! These sorts of things can result in an electrical fire, or other hazards that can put you and your family in harm’s way. Again, you do NOT need to attempt any of these repairs yourself; get in touch with us so we can eliminate these risks for you!
Check Your Brands
Certain types of breaker panels are known for shortages and long term damage, so you need to do thorough research on whichever brand you decide to go with. An experienced electrician will know which ones to look out for, but if you get your cousin Ronnie or the dude up the street with no official credentials that claims he “knows what he’s doing” to do any of this work for you, you could be setting yourself up for immediate danger.
Older Homes Need TLC
If you live in or own an older home, you definitely need an electrician to do an inspection of the home’s electrical system to determine whether or not you need to upgrade your breaker panel. Chances are, you absolutely do, since it has probably been shown no attention in years! The same thing goes for a home that’s power has been off for at least a year; a power company will NOT turn electricity back on until you get an official inspection from a licensed, reputable electrician.
Drainage of ANY Kind from Circuits
First and foremost, do not try to do anything if you see any drainage on any of your circuits. You need to pick up the phone and call your local electrician as soon as you find it! There isn’t much you can do anyway when it comes to this, so making the call and ensuring the job gets done correctly will get everyone home safe and sound at the end of the day.
Remember, you absolutely, positively NEVER want to do any sort of electrical work yourself, even if your dad or grandpa showed you the basics of home wiring and things of that nature. It is always in the best interest of everyone that you get ahold of a professional to see what steps need to be taken to make your home safe and up to code!
Check out the guys at Atta Boy Electric for high quality work done at a reasonable and affordable price. You won’t be sorry!