It is very important to make sure that you are keeping an eye on the condition of the electrical breaker box in your home. To help you determine whether it is time to call a professional for some repairs, you will want to take a few moments to review the following signs of trouble.
The Power Keeps Shutting Off
If you have a room or two in your home that keeps losing power because the breakers are flipping into the off position, you will want to contact a skilled licensed electrician. The breakers in your breaker box are designed with a safety feature that causes them to flip into the off position if they start to get overloaded with electrical currents and are starting to overheat. This is to prevent a fire. Therefore, if this is something that keeps happening, you know that you have a serious problem on your hands. The electrician will either need to replace a bad breaker or divide some electrical wires between various breakers in order to keep from overloading a single breaker.
You Can Smell Something Burning
If you go near your breaker box and you smell something burning or melting, it is important that you quickly flip the main breaker into the off position. Since you are unable to determine which wires or breakers is causing a problem, you will be able to protect your home and family by stopping all power from entering the electrical box. You will then want to call in an emergency electrician so the issue can be diagnosed and resolved as quickly as possible.
The Metal Portion Of The Box Is Hot To The Touch
You will want to occasionally touch the metal of the breaker box. This is the portion that surrounds the individual breakers. It should be cool to the touch or at least room temperature. If it seems to be hot, you will want to shut down the power by flipping the main breaker into the off position. This is important because the cause of the excessive heat could be that there is a frayed wire or a malfunctioning breaker. After shutting off the main power in order to prevent a fire, you will want to call an emergency electrician.
With those three signs of breaker box trouble in mind, you should have no trouble knowing whether you need to have it professionally repaired. To learn more, contact an electrical maintenance company like Kunselman Electric, Inc.