Get Some Basic Background about Electrical Panels
You may or may not be aware that your home is equipped with an electrical panel and know that this is what will control the various system of the electrical circuits in your home. There are homes with panels that are more than 20 years old, and in this case, homes could be experiencing some shortage of power that will signal you to upgrade your electrical service.
Know that your home has an electrical panel when you flip the breaker switches sometimes in order to fix your electrical problems. 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.
To sum up, the panel is what will distribute the different circuits in your home. 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. Inside the electrical panel, there is an array of on/off switches, and it is better that you label each either near the switch of inside the door, then add which circuit it controls.
You will know that there is a fuse that has blown off when there is a stoppage of electrical functions like the lights have turned off, or your hair blower won’t function. Whenever there is a blown fuse or tripped breaker, the circuits would shut down so that safety is observed during power overload or 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. However, if overloading of power is not the problem, it is high time to call your electrician to let him do the evaluation for possible electrical issues.
Be aware that the electrical panels of the past cannot simply handle modern electrical needs because of its design. And so if your home belongs to the old generation with less than 200 amps of available electricity, with today’s modern appliances and gadgets, you are to upgrade with a new electrical service panel.
An electric panel update is your immediate solution, and do not wait for an electrician to tell you this, once you are experiencing electrical issues because you have already an outdated and overstressed electrical panel.