When to Fix-It-Yourself and When to Call an Electrician

Messing with electrical appliances and components is serious business. Hello, my name is George Tanner. I’m a retired electrician. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I heard over the years of working as an electrician. People who thought they could quickly fix something in their homes but never should have even tried. Some got hurt and others were lucky. My goal here is to provide you with some guidelines as to what electrical malfunctions are easily fixable by nearly any adult, and what you should never attempt on your own. One thing you are going to hear me stress more than once is that electrical components are not to be taken lightly. We protect our children from them; we also have to protect ourselves. I hope you find this blog to be helpful!

3 Signs That Your Circuit Breaker Panel Needs Repair Or Replacement


The circuit breaker panel for your home plays a huge role in ensuring that electricity is safely and properly distributed through the wires in your home. If your circuit breaker panel is having issues or is in poor repair, it is important to contact an electrician to fix the problem. Living with a circuit breaker panel that needs to be replaced can be very dangerous, and it can eventually damage your electrical system, which can result in needing expensive electrical work. Some of the top signs that your circuit breaker panel needs repair or replacement include:

Burning Smells or Sign of Fire Damage

The wires inside a circuit breaker panel can heat up and burn, which is very dangerous. If you smell burning plastic or if the circuit breaker panel feels hot, there is a good chance that the panel needs to be replaced. Another sign of internal problems is charring or scorching around the box, which is evidence of an electrical fire. Do not try to make any repairs yourself if your circuit breaker panel shows signs of burning wires- this is a very serious situation, and you need the assistance of a licensed electrician.

Circuit Breakers Tripping Often

It is not uncommon for a circuit breaker to trip every once in a while; it can be a fluke, or it may happen because you have too many things plugged in and the circuit becomes overloaded. But if you notice that circuit breakers are tripping on a regular basis, there is a problem with your electrical system. There are several things that can cause breakers to trip often, such as bad wiring or power surges, but there is also a good chance that your circuit breaker panel is wearing out and is no longer functioning properly. There is not a good way to diagnose the issue yourself, so you will need to contact an electrician to figure out the problem and make repairs as needed.

Circuit Breakers will Not Remain Reset

If you have ever had a circuit breaker trip, you know that in most cases you can go to your home's circuit breaker panel box and reset it into the correct position to remedy the problem. But if you reset a circuit breaker only for it to trip again within a few minutes, that is a sign of a serious problem. In most cases, if a circuit breaker will not stay reset it means that there is something wrong with the circuit breaker panel. Don't continue resetting a circuit breaker in this situation- contact an electrician like one from Watjus Electric Inc to repair or replace your circuit breaker panel.


17 April 2015