Circuit breaker switches on an electrical panel

4 Signs You Need a New Circuit Breaker

Time to Replace Your Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. It manages your electrical system and keeps you safe from electrical faults.

Therefore, it’s critical that you pay attention to the signs of electrical panel failures. It could save your family and your home. Here are some signs that your circuit breaker needs to be replaced.

1. Physical Damage

Damage to your circuit board should never be ignored. It may be possible that the damage is minor and will only require a repair, but if the damage is impacting how your electrical panel is performing, it could be time for a replacement. Remember, if your panel isn’t working properly, it puts your home at risk.

2. Frequent Tripping

If the circuits on your panels trip whenever you turn on appliances, it may mean your panel needs to be replaced. Older, outdated panels can’t handle the power needed for modern appliances. Plus, over time, wear on the panel will cause it to perform less efficiently.

This may be an issue if you notice you have to flip breakers back on quite often.

3. Age

Age is an important factor when it comes to your circuit breaker. These devices last decades, but they don’t last forever. If you haven’t had frequent inspections or have ignored needed repairs, your unit will need to be replaced sooner.

If your panel is over 25 years old, it is likely that a replacement is imminent.

4. Burning Smell

A burning smell from your electrical panel likely means that wires are overheating. This can be dangerous and could lead to an electrical fire. When wires overheat, it means the panel is not doing its job of regulating electrical energy.

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