As obvious as it may be, it’s important to remember that a home’s electrical system isn’t just a bunch of random wires. Instead, it’s a complex system designed to provide the electric power that we depend on for living comfortably and functionally inside our homes.
When that system is placed under stress, the result can be a circuit overload. This happens when the circuit breaker in the service panel detects that the system is being overworked, and shuts down the power automatically to prevent house fires.
At Miami Electric Masters, we’re experts in providing our customers with top-quality solutions to solve their home’s electrical issues and maintenance needs. In this article, we will discuss circuit overload—one of the most common electrical issues our team of electricians is asked about at Miami Electric Masters, and what you can do to prevent, detect, and resolve this problem in the future.
What is an Electrical Circuit Overload?
A circuit consists of wiring, a circuit breaker, and devices (e.g., lights, appliances). When you run an electrical device, its electricity usage adds to the total load. Each electrical circuit can only handle a specific amount of electricity. When you use more electricity than a circuit can handle, a circuit overload occurs.
Running several devices at once might simultaneously push the load over its capacity, causing the circuit breaker to trip and shut off power within the entire circuit. While it might sound like a hassle, the job of the circuit breaker is actually very important. Without it, a circuit overload can cause the wires to heat up, leading to a fire.
Signs of Circuit Overload
As mentioned earlier, the most common sign that a circuit is already overloaded is circuit breaker tripping, as evident in the sudden shutting off of all the electric power in the circuit. Other signs include:
- Dimming of lights, particularly when you turn on other devices or appliances
- Buzzing sound on power outlets
- Warm switches and power outlets
- Burning smell from power outlets
- Scorched plugs or outlets
- Appliances and other electronics seem to lack electric power
While some of these signs such as burning odors, warm outlets, and switches, as well as buzzing sounds can indicate short circuits, loose wiring, and other wiring problems, it is necessary to hire a professional electrician to inspect and solve the root of the problem
Addressing Circuit Overload Through a Reliable Electrician
As a homeowner, it is important to ensure that the circuit breaker is in good working condition as it serves as the brain of your entire electrical system. So if your breaker box needs repair or you suspect that there is a problem with your circuit breaker, it is recommended to consult with expert electricians at Miami Electric Masters.
Some of the services that we can offer to address overloaded circuit breakers or a faulty panel include:
- Inspection and Diagnosis
- Fuse breaker replacement
- GFI breaker installation
- Circuit breaker replacement and relocation
With our years of experience in the industry, we are truly the masters when it comes to providing your electrical needs. At Miami Electric Masters, we only provide excellent and compliant electrical work through our highly trained and certified electricians who are available 24/7. Because we are dedicated to providing the maximum level of customer satisfaction, we also offer a two-year warranty for our services.
If you want to learn more about our electrical services, give us a call today. You can also choose to fill out our online form to request a free, personalized pricing estimate and consultation in your home.