If you’re not particularly technically savvy, it might seem as though your home’s electrical system is nothing but a simple mass of wires, switches, and outlets. In reality, your system is far from simple—and is a complex, strategic network of electrical connections, with an electrical or circuit breaker panel at the heart of it all.

If you have an older house and an aging circuit breaker, this device may not be able to support the electrical loads placed upon the system by your new and modern devices. With this, an electrical panel upgrade might be necessary to handle your home’s new electrical requirements. It could also mean the requirement of a new electrical panel replacement to ensure the proper functioning of your panel and to prevent risks of fire and high voltage shocks.

At Miami Electric Masters, we’re dedicated to helping our customers make their homes safer, more convenient, and more comfortable. Here are some of the most important warning signs to be aware of when electrical panel replacements, and how upgrading your system can be beneficial for your home and property.

What a Circuit Breaker Does

The main role of the circuit breaker panel is to route the electrical supply to the different outlets in your home, which will then be used by your devices and appliances. It also is useful in dangerous situations where electrical overload happens and uses an automatic shutoff system to limit the electrical supply that flows through the wiring in your home—keeping it at a safe level. In other words, the circuit breaker protects your home from electrical fires and other dangers by automatically tripping or cutting the power running through all circuits when electrical loads exceed the capacity.

Warning Signs for Your Electrical Panel

There are different ways to learn if there is something wrong with your electrical panel. Some of the most common ones include:

  • The circuit breaker is frequently tripping: While frequent tripping of your circuit breaker may indicate bad wiring and power surges, it can also mean that your electrical panel is worn down and is malfunctioning. Contact Miami Electrical Masters for a thorough inspection and your required electrical service.
  • The circuit breaker will not stay reset: Once you reset a tripped breaker, but it wouldn’t stay in that state for more than a few minutes, the electrical panel may have an issue and may require an upgrade or replacement.
  • Burning odors from the panel or outlet: A faulty circuit breaker may lead to house fires. With this, it is important to be mindful of burning smells in outlets and the panel itself because it may be a sign that your wires are already burning. 

Other warning signs to look out for:

  • A burned spot or black area on the electrical panel or outlet
  • The electrical panel is hot to touch
  • The circuit breaker trips when you plug in an appliance
  • Wires that look burned or melted
  • Hissing sounds from the electrical panel or outlets
  • Flickering lights
  • Quick or frequent overheating of appliances

The Most Reliable Electrical Service Provider 

The warning signs that you need an electrical panel replacement or upgrade for your home should never be ignored. Besides the inconvenience of a malfunctioning circuit breaker panel, failing to address problems with your panel may put your whole family at risk of house fires or electric shocks.

Always remember that it is not always recommended to go for the DIY approach, especially for tasks such as electrical panel upgrade which is best left to the experts. If you are looking for a licensed and certified electrical service provider, contact Miami Electric Masters today. Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  • A team of experienced licensed electricians
  • Transparent pricing with no hidden additional charges
  • Fully stocked trucks to provide electrical service 24/7
  • Two-year labor warranty
  • On-time appointments

If you’d like to learn how we can help you secure a safer and more convenient home today with top-quality electrical services, we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call to speak to an agent about our electrical panel replacement, upgrade, or repair services. You can also fill out this online form for a free in-home estimate for your electrical needs.