Circuit breakers are a critical component of your Frederick, MD home’s electrical system and crucial to protecting you and your family from electrical fires. Meant to interrupt power to a circuit when the electrical current flow exceeds safe levels, they’re designed to “trip” and cut off the flow of electricity to outlets, switches, and fixtures that may be experiencing a problem. Resetting a circuit breaker usually restores the power. If that solves the problem, there’s nothing else you need to do. But if it happens repeatedly, you might have a bad circuit breaker that needs to be replaced, as faulty breakers cannot be repaired.
Replacing a circuit breaker is a relatively inexpensive solution to help protect your home. Wenbrooke Services offers circuit breaker and circuit breaker box replacement services that ensure all your appliances, equipment, and devices operate as safely and efficiently as they should.
Signs Your Circuit Breaker Has a Problem
Flickering lights, poor appliance performance, and strange smells are a few warning signs you have a circuit breaker problem. Here’s what to look for.
- A burning smell from the electrical panel indicates the wires and insulation are overheated. This usually requires emergency service, so be sure to call your service provider immediately.
- If the breaker keeps tripping, it’s a sure indication it’s failed. A professional electrician can diagnose why it’s happening and perform any needed repair or replacement services.
- If you notice any physical damage, such as scorch marks around the breaker or on switches and outlets, the wiring has likely melted. This is a serious issue that can lead to fire, so unplug anything connected to an outlet with scorch marks and call an electrician immediately.
Another reason circuit breakers frequently trip is their age. They’re designed to last for decades but do eventually fail. If it seems like a circuit breaker trips every time you turn on an appliance or device, have a professional inspect the breaker and the panel.
Circuit Breaker Repair vs. Replacement
Circuit breakers should never strain to do their job. As circuit breakers themselves cannot be repaired, if you’re experiencing frequent circuit breaker tripping, it may be time to replace the breaker or the entire panel. Ignoring the warning signs puts your home and family at too serious a risk. You likely need to upgrade your electrical panel if you recently purchased a new major appliance, added on to your home, or use a lot of electrical devices at once.
Why Choose Wenbrooke Services for Circuit Breaker Repairs
When the occasional circuit breaker in your Frederick, MD home brakes or malfunctions, you may need to replace it or upgrade your existing panel. As it’s a job that requires in-depth knowledge of working with electrical wiring, it’s best left to a professional who’s trained in doing the work.
At Wenbrooke Services, we offer an extensive range of residential electrical services, including circuit breaker and breaker box replacements. Fully licensed and insured, our family-owned business is prepared to immediately get started fixing all your electrical problems.