If you’re like many homeowners, you may not realize just how important circuit breakers in Buffalo, NY are to the safety and efficacy of your entire electrical system. Your circuit breaker panel, also known as an electrical panel, protects your wiring and electrical components from power surges and other wiring issues that could lead to blackouts, electrocution, or even fire.
Circuit breakers are not immune to damage themselves though, and when they’re frequently tripping, it’s a sign of an issue that needs to be repaired. Read on as we uncover what might be happening when your circuit breakers keep tripping.
You Actually Have a Fuse Box
What if your problem is that you have a blown fuse, or multiple blown fuses, and not a circuit breaker tripping? Well, this makes a huge difference. Fuse boxes are still in some older homes, but they’re not the best choice for modern homes, particularly with all of our electrical additions to our households.
Circuit breakers are not only more convenient, but they’re also actually safer. If you need to upgrade your fuse box to a more modern electrical panel, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
You Have a System Overload
One possible reason for circuit breakers consistently tripping is an overloaded electrical panel. The purpose of a circuit breaker is to keep the load on your electrical system from becoming unsafe.
If you have too many electrical appliances and devices plugged in and you’re using them all at the same time, it can overload your circuit breaker panel.
Now, there might be a relatively simple solution. That is, you might just have too many things plugging into a single circuit breaker. Try redistributing things like certain light fixtures and electronics to different outlets and see if that resolves the issue.
If not, it may be time to call us to discuss a possible electrical panel upgrade.
Something Is Short-Circuiting
It’s also possible that if it’s the same circuit breaker that keeps tripping without impacting any of the other circuits, that you have an appliance or electronic device “short-circuiting.”
This can lead to sparks that cause house fires or electrocutions. If you do suspect this to be the case, the best thing you can do for your property and safety is to give us a call.
If you have an electrical appliance or device that you suspect may be causing the problem, it could be time to start discussing a replacement.
Other Signs of Potential Electrical Problems
While we’re on the subject of electrical panels and why or when they might need an upgrade, it’s probably a good idea to share with you some other signs that you might be experiencing an electrical problem. These signs include:
- Flickering Lights
- Hot Spots on Walls
- Buzzing Noise
If you notice any of these symptoms in your home or have any reason to suspect that something may be amiss with your electrical system, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call.