G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Circuit Breaker Panels’

Don’t Ignore Problems with Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Whenever you need any type of electrical service in your home, it is important that you schedule service with a professional electrician in Everett, WA. Otherwise, you run the risk of putting your property, and your own safety, in danger. If you notice anything unusual about the condition or operation of your circuit breaker panel, you need to dial our number right away.

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Common Signs of Trouble with Circuit Breakers

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The circuit breaker is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. It is something of a central hub for your entire electrical system, as it distributes power to the various circuits throughout your living space. In addition to this important process, your circuit breaker in North Seattle is also an important safety measure. When there is an unsafe current entering a circuit, your circuit breaker is responsible for breaking that circuit by tripping its designated breaker. Obviously, any signs of trouble with your circuit breaker must be taken very seriously. Consider the following information, and contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to schedule any circuit breaker services that you may need to keep your electrical system safe and convenient. 

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3 Signs You Need Repairs for Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The circuit breaker panel is an essential part of any electrical system. Without one, any increase in voltage along the wiring in a home or business could result in catastrophic damage to appliances and the risk of electrical fires. To defend your home from these dangers, you need to have a circuit breaker panel in excellent condition and not in need of any immediate repair work.

How can you tell if your circuit breaker panel requires professional repairs? There are some signs to watch for, which we will list below. Don’t delay should you recognize any of these warnings, and don’t try to troubleshoot the problem on your own: call for professional electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA and avoid using your electrical system in the meantime.

Since 1977, many residents in the Puget Sound Area have turned to G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. for their electrical needs, and we are proud of the excellent service we have provided the community for over 35 years.

3 Signs to Call for Repairs for Your Circuit Breaker Panel

  1. Breakers are constantly tripping: You shouldn’t need to continually go to the panel to reset breakers; a tripped breaker is a rare event when the panel and the electrical system are in good shape. When tripped breakers turn into a regular annoyance, you may have a panel suffering from faulty wiring. The problem could also come from elsewhere in the wiring of your home, so call in a professional electrician to investigate, find the actual cause, and fix it.
  2. Burning odors from the panel: You often won’t see physical evidence of electrical fires that have occurred behind outlets, light switches, and electrical panels. But you will be able to smell the acrid taint of burned wires from fires. If you smell the odor of burning coming from your circuit breaker panel, call for professional repair work right away.
  3. Breakers will not remain reset: After your reset a tripped circuit breaker, it should hold that position. But if you find that resetting it either does nothing to restore power, or the breaker immediately trips again, you either have a bad breaker or a bad panel. Call for a licensed electrician to find out which it is and then take care of the necessary repairs.

Make sure that you stay safe, and your family remains protected from electrical fires and major power outages, with prompt electrical repair in Lynnwood, WA whenever necessary. Only rely on licensed electricians for the work: call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We will provide you with the quality repair work that will remove your worries.

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Repairs for Your Circuit Breaker Panel

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The circuit breaker panel (also known as a distribution panel or service panel) has replaced the old-fashioned fuse box in U.S. residences as the center of a house’ electrical system and the key safety point where circuits are interrupted to prevent fires and other hazards. But although a circuit breaker panel in your home helps to prevent repair problems elsewhere, it will sometimes need repairs itself.

These repairs require professional electricians to perform. All important electrical work needs trained professionals, but when it comes to circuit breaker panels it’s especially important because all the power in a house runs through this board.

For electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA for your circuit breaker panel, contact the experienced team at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. We’ve brought the Puget Sound Area high quality electrical work since 1977.

Circuit Breaker Panel Repairs

  • Changing bad circuit breakers: The breakers in the panel are designed so that you can reset them easily after they trip. However, a breaker can eventually fail from corrosion or other damage, and it will need a replacement. If a breaker trips and you can’t reset it, then you should call for electrical repairs to remove the front of the panel, detach the failed breaker, and replace it with an appropriately sized new breaker.
  • Fixing loose and bad wire connections: Sometimes the issue isn’t that a breaker has gone bad, but that the wiring connections in the panel have failed or come loose. This involves a bit of investigative work on the part of the professional electrician to determine what wiring needs repairs, which is yet another reason to make certain to only hire licensed experts to do the work.
  • Full panel replacement: When you call for repairs on a panel that has failed repeatedly, the technicians may advise that you have a new panel installed. Your panel may have simply worn down, but more likely your home has demands on the electrical system that now exceed what an aging panel can handle. An updated panel will give you a more efficient and safer home.

At G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., we specialize in circuit breaker panel upgrades and repairs that will keep your house safe and the electricity flowing. We can handle these extensive electrical system repairs in Mill Creek, WA—we’re only a phone call away. And if you still have an older fuse box, contact us immediately to arrange for an update to a modern circuit breaker panel.

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Woodinville Tip: Why Do I Need to Upgrade my Fuse box?

Monday, November 12th, 2012

If your home in Woodinville has a fuse box, it was likely built many years ago. Fuse boxes were used to route electricity throughout your home. Upgrading your fuse box involves replacing it with a new circuit breaker. There are many advantages to replacing your fuse box which we’re going to discuss in this blog post.

How Fuse Boxes Work

The purpose of fuse boxes and circuit breakers is to first route power to your house and second to keep your house from burning down. Electricity produces heat as it passes through the copper wires leading into and out of the fuse box. If the wires get too hot they can start a fire which obviously poses a great danger to you and your family. As electricity flows into each of the circuits for your home, it has to pass through a fuse. Inside the fuse is a thin piece of metal (called a filament) that heats up. If the wire gets too hot it will melt the filament and break the circuit. Once a fuse has melted it can’t be reused.

Insurance and Code Compliance

In many municipalities an old fuse box isn’t within compliance of new building codes. This could also have to do with the old wiring that was most likely installed when the fuse box was. In order to be compliant, you may have to replace your fuse box with a new circuit breaker. However, many new breakers are very sensitive. The old wiring could case the new breaker to trip often which is a nuisance. Additionally, most mortgage insurance companies won’t cover a home that has an old fuse box because of the damage risk. Mortgage insurance is required by many lenders so in this case you will most likely have to replace the fuse box as well.

Safety

One of the main reasons to upgrade your fuse box is for safety. It was most likely installed about 50 years ago and is obsolete. If the fuse does melt, it needs to be replaced. Once the fuse is removed it leaves both ends of the contact exposed which can be an electrocution danger.

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When fuse boxes were installed, the electrical demands of a typical home were much less than they are now. Fuse boxes are normally limited to 2 or 4 circuits. Circuit breakers can potentially have room for us to 42 circuits.

If you have any questions about your fuse box or if it is continually breaking fuses, call G&S Heating immediately. We can help you figure out a good option for your home in Woodinville. We take pride in our workmanship and would love you help you get your home working well again.

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