What Are the Signs I Need Circuit Breaker Upgrades?
Over time, circuit breakers wear out, sustain damage, and experience other problems that make upgrades a must. Circuit breaker problems cause seemingly minor annoyances, such as flickering lights and poor appliance performance, but these symptoms indicate the potential of major electrical problems. Bad circuit breakers put your household at risk of damage to the electrical system and connected appliances and fixtures, as well as the risk of an electrical fire.
Each of the signs mentioned below are a reason to call Estes for service. Circuit breaker installation and upgrades are typically necessary when:
-Your circuit breaker trips constantly, even after being reset
-The circuit breaker is hot to the touch
-You can smell burning from the breaker panel
-You can see visible damage, such as burned metal or frayed wires
-You can hear buzzing, hissing, or popping noises from the breakers
My Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping: What Should I Do?
If a circuit breaker continues to trip, this is a sign of an overloaded circuit – the power demand on the circuit is too great. Often, this is a result of too many items and devices plugged in to a circuit, or that a new appliance really needs a dedicated circuit of its own. It is also a potential sign of a short in the circuit or a wiring problem.
Your first step is to find which outlets are on the circuit. If not marked inside your breaker panel, you need to map the circuit yourself. Follow these steps:
FIRST – Turn off all circuit breakers at the electrical panel.
NEXT – Find large 240-volt circuits first – these power major appliances. One by one, flip them on and note which appliance receives power from each.
FINALLY – Map smaller circuits. Plug in a lamp or other small device to an outlet. Flip breakers on until you find the right circuit for the outlet and note it. Repeat the process for all outlets and overhead fixtures in your home.
Once you identify the different circuits in your home, try moving devices off the circuit to prevent breaker tripping. If this doesn’t fix your issue, call Estes Services to evaluate your home for circuit breaker installation and upgrades.
Schedule Your Atlanta Breaker Panel Upgrade Today!
For circuit breaker installation and upgrades in Atlanta, turn to Estes Services. Our licensed electricians put their knowledge and training to work to keep your family safe from the dangers of malfunctioning circuits in the home. We follow national and local electrical codes to ensure circuit breaker installation and upgrades are safely performed and function as intended.