One of the most important parts of your electrical system is the electrical panel, which distributes power throughout the various circuits in your home or business. While these panels are designed to last a long time, they do not last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Our team here at Dunlow Mechanical has worked on countless electrical panel replacements over the years, and we know how to identify when a panel is on its last legs. In this article, we will go over a few signs that indicate you will need an electrical panel replacement in the near future.
You Might Need an Electrical Panel Replacement If…
- It Smells Like Something is Burning – When electrical components fail, they often send out sparks that cause the surrounding materials to burn. If you notice a burnt odor in your home or business, we recommend you check your electrical panel—if it has scorch marks, you should give us a call to have the failing components replaced.
- The Panel is Warm to the Touch – Related to the above point, you should definitely have your panel checked out if it feels warm to the touch. Your electrical panel is responsible for regulating how hot your wiring becomes, so if it is warm or hot, you most likely need an electrical panel replacement.
- Your Circuit Breakers Trip a Lot – Another indicator that you may need an electrical panel replacement is your circuit breakers getting tripped frequently. This means that too much power is flowing through your circuits and triggering the cut-off safety mechanism. While a circuit breaker tripping once in a while is not a big deal, if it happens multiple times in a short timeframe, you should have your panel checked.