The main electrical panel is one of the most important parts of any home’s electrical system, as it serves as the heart of the entire system. At Streb Electric, we specialize in repairing and replacing electrical panels to help improve the safety and efficiency of homes.
An electrical panel is typically located in the basement or garage of a home. The box links your home to the outdoor electrical grid and is responsible for delivering electrical current to all of the parts of your home.
What Is a Breaker?
Modern-day electrical panels are outfitted with switches called breakers. Each breaker controls the flow of electricity to a particular part of your home. When the switch is in the “on” position, electrical current is able to flow freely. When it is switched off, the flow of electricity stops.
How Do I Know Which Breaker Is Which?
Most electrical panels have diagrams that indicate to which part of the home each breaker corresponds. If you do not have a diagram or it has faded and can no longer be read, Streb Electric can assist you with mapping your electrical panel and creating a new diagram.
What Does It Mean to “Trip a Breaker?”
A breaker becomes tripped when something occurs that makes the switch shut off due to an overload. This is a safety mechanism designed to protect the wiring in your home.
Why Do Breakers Trip?
Breakers can trip for a number of reasons. One of the most common causes is running too many electrical appliances at once. It can also occur due to shorts or faults in the electrical line.
Is It Normal for the Breaker to Trip?
Properly functioning electrical breakers can trip occasionally. If the problem occurs repeatedly, this is an indication that something is wrong with your electrical panel or wiring. Contact Streb Electric to come out and inspect your system.
Do I Need a New Electrical Panel?
Like all parts of a home, an electrical panel does eventually wear out and require replacement. You may want to consider replacing your electric panel if:
- Your electrical panel uses screw-in fuses, which are less efficient than modern breakers.
- You have an older electric panel made during the 1970s and 80s. Many of these models, especially those made by Federal Pacific, are questionable in terms of safety.
- You frequently trip breakers.
- You are considering an addition to your home.
- You wish to add more appliances or equipment to your home.
- You have any concerns about the safety of your electrical system.
Streb Electric can perform a 20-point electrical inspection to help you determine if you would benefit from a new electric panel. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.