How To Know If Your Breaker Box Is Malfunctioning

It is very important to make sure that you are well aware of whether your electrical breaker box is malfunctioning. This way, you will know whether it is time to call in an emergency electrician to solve any existing issues. To help you with this, you will want to take a few moments to review the following points.

The Metal Around The Breakers Feels Warm

The metal that surrounds the individual breakers should not feel warm. In fact, it should normally feel cool, or at the very least no warmer than room temperature. Therefore, if you happen to place your hand along the metal and notice that it is unusually warm or even very hot, you will want to quickly have this issue addressed. The last thing you want to do is to ignore the problem because you could very well find yourself dealing with a complete breakdown of your electrical system or possibly a house fire.

A Particular Breaker Keeps Flipping Off

Unless you have disconnected the electric to a certain room due to construction, you should have all of the breakers in the on position. However, if you are starting to find that you have an electrical breaker or two that is starting to flip into the off position often, you will want to have it investigated by a professional electrician. This is a cause for concern because the electrical breakers should only be flipping into the off position on their own if there is an overload of electrical current running through them or the breakers are in need of replacement. Either way, it is vital that you are having this issue resolved as quickly as possible in order to avoid any further complications or dangerous situations from occurring. 

You Smell Some Smoke

If you start to believe that you are smelling what appears to be some smoke coming from your electrical breaker box, you will need to quickly shut off the main breaker and call the fire department. Once it is stated that your property is safe from any fire hazards, you will want to schedule an appointment with a skilled electrician who can determine the cause of the problem you were noticing. You will want to leave the main breaker in the off position until this is resolved in order to avoid a potential house fire.

Now that you have read through the previously mentioned three things, you should have a much better idea as to whether your electrical breaker box is malfunctioning. For more information, contact an electrician from a company like Pearson Electric, Inc.

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updating electrical work in an older home

I knew before I bought an older home that it would require a lot of work. What I didn't expect was to find the the entire second floor of the home had inadequate electrical work and that it would all have to be updated to keep my family safe and conserve some energy. I created this blog as I worked to overhaul my house and redo the electrical mess that I uncovered. You will find out what should be and what should never be done when working with electricity in older homes and what you can do to ensure the safety of your family while living in your home.