ElectricalYes, It Might Be Time for a New Circuit Breaker

thumbs-upWhen components of your electrical system become worn out or obsolete, it is important to make the necessary upgrades in order to keep you, your family, and your home safe.

One component of your electrical system that you definitely should never ignore is the circuit breaker. Over time, circuit breakers begin to wear out, which can be quite problematic in the event of a power surge or other electric anomaly. 

Below we’ve listed some of the tell-tale signs that your circuit breaker needs to be replaced. Pay close attention to them, and if you have reasons to believe you need an electrician in Bothell, WA, get in touch with our team. Our electricians are trained and certified and aim to provide the highest level of service and quality.

What Does a Circuit Breaker Do?

A circuit breaker is responsible for breaking the circuit in case of faulty conditions in order to protect the power system equipment, as well as the electronic devices in a home.

Signs That You Need to Replace Your Circuit Breaker Panel

  1. Rust or burn marks on or around the circuit breaker: Wires that have worn out inside the circuit breaker can create small electrical fires. Generally, these fires quickly burn themselves out, but they will still leave behind burn marks. Electrical fires are definitely not something you want inside your home, so if you notice any signs that this problem has been occurring, it is probably best to have the panel replaced.
  2. Breakers will not remain reset: In normal circumstances, resetting a tripped breaker should resolve your problems. However, a faulty circuit breaker can continually trip the breakers, which can definitely be a nuisance. It might just be that your circuit breaker is old and outdated, in which case a replacement is your best option. Have a professional electrician take a look at it to determine the best course of action.
  3. You still have a fuse box: Fuse boxes were used before circuit breaker panels, but they essentially perform the same function. Instead of simply flipping a breaker switch, however, it burns out a fuse, forcing you to replace it with a new one. Fuse boxes can rapidly become dangerous and inconvenient if you have a circuit that continually overloads.

Always Contact a Professional

If you suspect it is time to upgrade your circuit breaker panel, contact a professional electrician. Trust us, only a professional has the tools, knowledge, training, and experience to safely and correctly get the job done right the first time around–you don’t want to take any risks!

Remember, it is important that you never attempt to perform any electrical services yourself, as electricity can be highly dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Electricians are trained to handle faulty wires and high voltages, and therefore it’s essential to hire a professional to ensure your family and home aren’t in danger.

Schedule your electrical services with the team at G & S Heating, Cooling & Electric, a service company you can depend on. 


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