Rochester, MN Electrical Panel Installation Services
Electrical service panels, or breaker boxes, give homes power from the electric company and manage how much electricity is provided to a circuit. A problem in your electrical panel can have repercussions throughout your home. It’s time to call in Kruger Electric if you find yourself constantly resetting tripped breakers or you notice that some of your outlets are not working. We can easily do a repair or an installation of an electrical panel in any home.
It is typical for panels to be found in a closet, utility rooms, bedrooms, or a garage. You need to be able to get to your panel quickly in case of an emergency, and you should understand its basic functions. Some brands and older panels are no longer safe for use. Homeowners using old electrical panels should schedule an electrical safety inspection to ensure that all electrical wirings are up to date.
When should you replace your electrical fuse panel?
Breakers are the devices that control the electrical flow into a circuit. In case a circuit is overloaded, the breaker trips and shuts down the electricity flow. Homeowners with multiple appliances running simultaneously in the same circuit are most likely to experience this. However, fixing this would involve simply unplugging all connected devices and resetting it.
If this happens often, then a professional can replace the old panel with a new unit that will keep your home supplied with enough power. On the other hand, if it’s just one breaker that keeps tripping, even if the system is not overloaded, it could just be that the breaker needs to be replaced.
After having to replace several individual breakers, it might be time to consider whether your entire electrical panel needs to be replaced. If you don’t know the history of your panel, differing brands or different colored breakers we will help you tell which of the breakers have been replaced.
Before replacing old appliances with the new ones, always make sure that an electrician checks its compatibility with the electric panel as it can overload the system. This becomes a crucial step especially when the new appliance that you bought needs a higher power to work. In case your panel is not able to support your new device, you should consider replacing your panel with a new one.
More recently installed electrical panels are equipped with AFCI breakers to prevent fires due to electrical arcing. This safety feature was not included in the panels installed before 1999. There is a risk of electrical fire if there are no AFCI outlets at your panel or the starting points of the various circuits throughout your home.
A qualified electrician will examine and determine your vulnerability in your panel and outlets. Installing AFCI outlets at the start of each circuit can lower the costs, and if your panel has no other issues this can be a good option rather than replacing the whole panel.
The remedy for rusting or corrosion anywhere on or around your electrical panel is to replace the panel right away. A worn-out panel if not shielded appropriately, is always vulnerable to surges, fires, and other damages.
Other signs that your panel needs replacing include:
- lights flickering when appliances are in use
- popping or other noises coming from the breaker box
- burn marks on panel or outlets
- burning smell coming from the panel
- melted electrical wires
- appliances overheating quickly when plugged in
- the panel is warm or hot to the touch
When you find something wrong with the electrical energy of your home, contact a professional immediately. An overloaded circuit could end up damaging or destroying anything that is plugged into it, along with the wires. Neglecting indications of a malfunctioning electrical panel can be a costly and potentially dangerous mistake. A faulty electrical panel can cause a fire and/or electrocute someone.
Even though panels usually last for a long time, they eventually wear out. For one thing, electrical wires are subject to fraying and deterioration of their insulating coating. There are times when rodents chew on the wires and cause disruption to your system. Whatever problems you’re having with your home’s electrical system, you can count on a qualified electrician from Kruger Electrical to address them.
You might need only to have a wire replaced, or the entire panel may need to be replaced. If a complete panel replacement is needed, a professional will guide you through the decision-making process and get your home up and running again soon.
You should have a professional over to check on your panel if you want your household to be safe. Electrical panels must be replaced or worked on only by a professional electrician. Homeowners that have no experience in dealing with electric work are at risk of injury. Kruger Electricians receive training in every form of electrical work and can supply your home with safe and fast electrical service.