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How to Notice Circuit Breaker Failure

Circuit breakers are like the circulatory system of your home. Without the blood of electricity pumping through the veins of your home, none of your devices or electronic appliances would work. We’ve come a long way in being able to power so many electrical devices by using as little energy as possible. However, we still deal with the problem of overloaded circuit breakers, unsafe circuitry, and other problems that can cause disaster in homes like ours.

We’re not here to talk about the nightmare scenarios of electrical circuitry in your home. Rather, we’re here to talk about the benefits of proactive electrical service in Chesapeake, VA. This type of service, calling a certified electrician to come repair or maintain your electrical system, can be vital to ensuring it doesn’t overload when you need it the most.

How exactly can proactive electrical work be beneficial? Well, let’s take a look.

The Importance of Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are what make or break a home’s electrical system. It’s not just wires hooked up directly from a power plant or hydro-electric plant right into your toaster—energy must flow through a central conduit that is precisely split between circuit breakers to ensure the right amount of energy is used.

Circuit breakers should be replaced every 15 or 20 years in the best of cases since they wear out naturally in addition to being overloaded constantly. If you’re unsure when the last time your circuit breakers were replaced or the switches maintained, then keep reading because we’re talking to you!

Signs of Failing Circuits

Not every home is the same, and electrical systems come in all shapes and sizes. However, there are some universal signs that could be obvious in your home, pointing to the need for circuit breaker replacement, or the complete overhaul of your electrical system.

  • Constantly Tripping. Are your breakers constantly tripping? If you find yourself having to reset your circuits over and over again, this is not normal. This could be your circuit board trying to tell you that you need either a circuit breaker replacement or an upgrade in your electrical system to handle all of the devices you need.
  • Burning Smell. Overloaded or broken circuit breakers will begin to fail in their job of protecting your home from an electrical short. Either the circuit is broken or some wires or insulation are beginning to overheat. This could be a fire hazard and requires professional electrical service as soon as possible.
  • Signs of Damage. If you’re noticing signs of damage or clues that your electrical system isn’t in the best shape, you need professional electrical service as soon as possible. Whether it’s near an outlet in your home or damage near the circuit breaker itself, this can quickly turn into a fire hazard.

If you’re experiencing electrical problems, no, it’s not time to ration electricity. There’s no good reason why you can’t use all your devices and electrical appliances safely and affordably. Contact a professional electrician from our team today if you’d like to get to the bottom of your circuitry woes.

The House Call Company can get to the bottom of your electrical issue. Contact us and see how we can make you smile!

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