Electrical Panel Maintenance

Posted on: October 21, 2016
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Electrician

Electrical Panel Maintenance Information for Homeowners

When it comes to the electrical system of a home, the owner of the home has to be careful. The electricity provides powers for the whole home through the electrical panels that are located somewhere within it. A homeowner has to make sure those panels are up to specific standards. An inferior electric system could cause a fire in a home, and a homeowner has to make sure it’s safe.

This Video shows how to Maintain.

Electrical Panel Maintenance

An electrical panel installed in a building consists of circuit breakers or fuses that safeguard the property from any problems that may arise in an electrical circuit. When any electrical repairs need to be carried out in the property, power has to be turned off at the electrical panel because this is where the electricity gets distributed to different circuits within the property. Usually a single electricity panel feeds the electric needs of an entire house but sub-panels can be installed to feed specific rooms, like a new kitchen.

A properly working electrical panel is critical because it’s responsible for distributing power to all appliances and outlets/switches in the house. Your panel is constantly heating up and cooling down whenever an appliance is used. After 15 to 25 years, that expansion and contraction will inevitably take its toll. How do you know when it’s time to replace your home’s electrical panel? Here are five things you need to look for.

  1. It ’s a Federal Pacific panel.
    Federal Pacific panels were frequently used in this area. They’ve lost all UL (Underwriter Laboratories) certification. All Federal Pacific panels are unsafe and we recommend that they are replaced as soon as possible.
  1. It ’s an old fusebox.
    If your home has an old system with screws and/or fuses, we highly recommend moving to a modern circuit breaker panel.
  1. The breaker is always tripping.
    Most people go years before having to touch their panel. If you have a modern panel but notice that the breakers are constantly tripping, that’s a good indication that the panel is beginning to wear down.
  1. There ’s evidence an electrical fire occurred in the panel.
    A burnt plastic smell or discoloration marks around the circuit breakers are indicators that there may have been a fire in the panel. (Fires in the panel extinguish themselves quickly because of the lack of a fuel source.) This is a situation that should be addressed to prevent further fire hazard.
  1. The breakers don ’t stay set.
    If a breaker trips and you can’t reset it, there could be a problem with the breaker, the circuit, or the panel. A qualified professional should check it out as soon as possible.

Benefits Of Having An Electrical Maintenance

Safety and Lifespan. Have the peace of mind knowing your electrical system will receive priority scheduling service on a regular basis for safety and security. With the maintenance plan, the expertise of a licensed electrician will ensure that your electrical system is in top working order, which could add to the life expectancy of the appliances in your home. Call (713) 812-7070 us for your home service and repair needs.

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