Electrical Panel Service in Spokane
Some homes have unsafe panels. While an electrical panel can work for many years, after a while, wires become frayed or worn down. In addition, rodents may chew on wires and disrupt your system. If your breakers are tripping or some outlets don’t work, it’s time to call Easy Electric. You may only need a simple wire substitution. We will inspect your system, determine your panel’s age, and make repairs or recommend installing a new panel.
When should you replace your electrical panel?
Breakers control the quantity of electricity flowing into a circuit. If a circuit gets overburdened, the breaker will shut off the power. That may occur when several appliances are powered from the same circuit. If there is only one tripped breaker, this can often be fixed by replacing the bad breaker.
If your breakers repeatedly trip, your panel should be inspected by a qualified electrician. One problem that necessitates a new panel immediately is the appearance of rust or corrosion. Worn-out panels are susceptible to surges, fires, and other hazards.
Before you replace an old appliance, an electrician should ensure that the new appliance is compatible with your panel. That is important, especially if your new appliance needs more power to operate than the previous one. If your electrical panel cannot manage the higher electrical requirement, you may need a new panel that can handle it.
Newer panels are equipped with AFCI outlets, designed to prevent jumping electricity and protect your wires from fire. This security feature may not be included if your panel was mounted before 1999. If AFCI outlets are not on the panel or at the start of circuits, your home could be in danger. Installing AFCI outlets at each circuit’s outset can be cost-effective rather than replacing the whole panel. Easy Electric can inspect your electrical system and make recommendations.
Other signs that your panel needs replacing include:
- The panel is warm or hot to the touch.
- Appliances overheat when plugged in.
- You have melted electrical wires.
- You hear a hissing sound.
- There is a burning smell coming from the panel.
- There are burn marks on your panel or outlets.
- You hear popping or other noises coming from the breaker box.
- Lights flicker when appliances are in use.
Overburdened circuits can fry anything connected to those outlets—computers, TVs, telephones, etc. A malfunctioning electrical panel can cause electrocutions and fires. Ignoring the signs of a faulty panel is both hazardous and expensive. If you notice anything unusual with the electricity in your home, contact Easy Electric immediately. Our electricians are trained in every form of electrical work and can inspect your system, discuss options and supply your home with safe electrical service.