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The electrical panel is an essential safety device. It controls all of the electricity going into your property. Each area of your home relies on electricity for different appliances and usages. The electrical panel navigates all of this, sending electricity where you need it and protecting your home from disastrous malfunctions.
Speaking of dangerous malfunctions, many electrical panels have been redacted due to safety concerns. For example, if you have a Federal Pacific Electric Panel (FPE) or a Zinsco Panel, you should have a qualified electrician inspect and replace these panels as soon as possible. These panels are notorious for failing to provide proper protection.
No matter which kind of panel you have, whether it is a circuit breaker box or fuse box, it’s important to have a professional electrician inspect it every year. In addition to inspecting your service panel, your McCormick electrician will also test all GFCIs, AFCIs, and outlets in your home. We don’t leave until we’re sure the electrical system is safe for homeowners and their families.
Service Panel Safety
Like with most all appliances and devices, a circuit breaker will lose its effectiveness and require more repair as it ages. The metal and wires can become damaged over time. Even if your electrical panel has worked without a hitch for years and years, everything has an expiration date.
According the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of all American homes were built prior to the 1970s. This means that the service panels in those properties weren’t made to accommodate modern high-use appliances. Many homes today will have several large televisions, multiple computers, stereo systems, as well as microwaves, washers, dryers, air conditioners, and so on — all under one roof!
How do you know when it’s time for an electrician?
If you are experiencing any of these top 3 warning signs, call your trusted electrician right away:
- 1. Even when no lights or appliances are on, breakers continually trips
- 2. The breaker is hot to the touch — never a good sign!
- 3. Breakers are loose or show signs of damage
With yearly maintenance by your local electrician at McCormick Electrical, your electrical panel should work effectively for decades. When it comes to important safety devices in your home, this tops them all. So put attention where it matters most, in the heart of it all, your home’s core — its electrical panel!