Get Some Basic Background about Electrical Panels
In different electrical circuits in the system of your home is an electrical panel that controls these circuits. When your home is experiencing insufficient power, then it could be that your panel is more than 20 years old and that it is time for your to upgrade your service panel.
When you have some electrical concerns, you would sometimes flip the breaker switches of your panel. It is good to realize that you will save time and money if you know the basics of your home’s electrical circuitry every time there is a power shortage in your place. You will be able to decide whether to do it yourself in the repair of your electrical concerns or hire a professional electrician to solve the problem, if you have some electrical knowledge in the first place.
In totality, the panel will do the distribution of power to the various circuits in your house. It is for this reason that if you flip a single breaker, the power of a certain area like kitchen only will be turned off without affecting the other areas of the house. It is recommended that you label rows of on/off switches of your electrical panel, at the same time show the circuit it controls.
When there is a stoppage of electrical service, like lights going out or your hair blower won’t function, then these are the signal that there is a fuse that has blown off. Note that the circuits are designed to shut down in order to be safe whenever there is an overload of power or a short circuit. The shutting down by the circuit will help avoid overheating which could lead to sparks and electrical fires. You can solve the problem by changing plug configuration to evenly distribute the electricity, or by flipping the circuit breaker or replacing the plug. But in cases when overloading is not the problem, contacting an electrician is the better action so the professional will be the one to investigate for possible more serious electrical issues.
Note that in older homes, the electrical panels were not designed to handle the electricity needs of the modern appliances and equipment. Therefore, if the service panel of your home has less than 200 amps of electricity available, this means you are to get a new electrical service panel to service your modern equipment and gadgets of the modern world.
When issues mentioned are being experienced in your home, it means that you have an outdated and overstressed electrical panel that is both dangerous and inconvenient, therefore, it is time for an electric panel update.