You probably only think to check your circuit breaker when the power in your home goes out. The average lifespan of a circuit breaker is about 30 to 40 years, but this doesn’t mean they won’t need maintenance or repair occasionally. Here are several signs to watch out for that may indicate it’s time to schedule circuit breaker repairs.
1.) Your Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping
One of the obvious signs that something is wrong is that your circuit breakers keep tripping. This may happen when you have too many appliances running at once. Some people handle this problem by simply turning their circuit breakers off and back on again. However, this is only a short-term solution and if it keeps occurring, it could be a potential fire hazard.
2.) Your Electrical System Operates on Fuses
If your electrical system operates on fuses, then you should upgrade to a new circuit breaker. Fuses are outdated and are not as safe as modern alternatives. Additionally, many insurance companies will actually penalize you if your circuit breaker system is outdated.
3.) Your Circuit Breaker Panel Is Old
If your home is old, your circuit breaker panel might need to be replaced, especially if your home has had any electrical upgrades. Breakers should be replaced on average every 25-30 years. Call in an electrician who specializes in circuit breaker repairs and replacement. in an electrical panel to deal with this problem.
4.) A Burning Smell
A burning smell is a sign that something could be seriously wrong with your circuit breaker panel. Additionally, if the panel is hot to the touch, this indicates a major fire hazard and you should call an electrician as soon as possible. They can replace your circuit breakers or may recommend rewiring some areas of your home.
5.) Black Spot On The Panel Or Outlet
If there’s a burned area or black spot on your circuit breaker panel, then it needs to be replaced immediately. This is a sign that the panel is old or is not functioning properly, which could lead to a fire in your home. Additionally, if there are any burns or black spots on your outlets, this can mean there’s a problem with your electrical wiring system. Rust on the panel is also an indication that it’s time to update your circuit breaker.
6.) Buzzing & Flickering Lights
If you notice a buzzing sound or flickering lights, it’s a sign that there’s an issue with your home’s electrical system. You’ll want to call an electrician to prevent an electrical fire from occurring. It may be an issue with wiring, or you may need a circuit breaker repair or replacement.
If you notice any of these signs of defective circuit breakers, contact a professional electrician to receive support.
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