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!

Signs That Your Home Has An Outdated Electric Panel


Take a few minutes and think about all of the new technology advances that you can find by talking a quick walk through your home. How about that snazzy new appliance or all of the new gadgets and devices requiring electricity to stay charged? Consider the modern HVAC system you have or all of the new lighting. Now think about when your home was built and if any of these items would have been around.

If you are like a lot of homeowners, your home is much older than the electrical objects that fill it and this could mean that you have an outdated electrical panel. You may not know that your panel is outdated, but chances are, you have seen some symptoms that should alert you to get in touch with an electrician for an upgrade.

Appliances Not Running At Full Power As They Should

If you start to notice that your appliances are acting a little wonky, you should check to make sure that it is not caused by an inability for them to have enough power to function properly. This could be an oven that will not reach temperature, a washer that will not kick in on the spin cycle, or even the refrigerator making unusual noises when the cooling unit starts up. You may think that the appliance is plugged into an outlet that should provide enough power, but if your electric panel is outdated, there is not enough power to be reaped.

Constant Overload And/Or Tripped Breakers

It is no secret that constant overloads and tripped breakers are usually a sign that there is something wrong with the electrical wiring somewhere, but a lot of people will not suspect that the problem is actually as big as needing a whole panel upgrade. If you find that you are always having to deal with overloads and tripped breakers, it is a good indication that you should call an electrician for an upgrade.

Dimmed Lighting With Air Or Heat

When your heat or air initially kicks on, it pulls more power to get started than what it does after it has been in operation for a while. The excess power used should not bog down anything else in your home if you have an efficient electric panel available. However, if the panel is outdated and not supplying enough power, you can see everything from dimmed lights to tripped breakers when the HVAC system kicks on.

If you have been seeing some of these significant signs in your home, it is best to go ahead and call an electrician like Zapp Electric to take a look at your electrical panel. There is a good chance that what you have now is not providing an ample amount of power for your modern home.


18 May 2015