Electricity has had a life-altering impact on how we live at home. Many people and homes all over the world rely on electricity in some form to power and operate fixtures and appliances such as computers, TVs, lights, fans, microwaves, refrigerators, and many other devices. Our ability to operate these devices and tools would be impossible without equipment such as electrical switches and electrical panels. Electrical power without a means to properly distribute it and to control it would lead to many damaged appliances and other disasters. This article will cover six reasons why we should have proper electrical panels and electrical switches in our homes.
Reason #1: Lighting and Control
Electrical switches are electro-mechanical devices that are hand-operated. Some common specifications are actuator type switches and combination device functions. They are prevalent in both commercial and residential buildings for lighting and fan control.
Reason #2: Outlet Control
Electrical switches allow us to use electrical power responsibly and efficiently. We use outlets to plugin and use many household appliances. For many homes, electrical switches are often situated nearby these outlets, allowing homeowners and others living within a home to control these outlets. Essentially, switches allow us to turn outlets on when we want to use them, and to turn them off when they are not needed.
Reason #3: Recurrent Circuit Breaker Trips
Electrical panels distribute power and current to the parts of a home where they are designed to go. If an electrical panel gets damaged or gets worn due to time and use, it could eventually become too sensitive to function optimally. A sensitive electrical panel will cause power surges and overloads. These electrical problems will cause circuit breakers to trip more often than they would in cases when only faulty appliances are to blame. If a home’s general levels of power usage are the same on average but circuit breaker resets are necessary multiple times each week, then it is likely that the current electrical panel needs to be repaired or replaced.
Reason #4: Circuit Breakers Fail to Trip
When a home’s electrical panel is overloaded with appliances and other devices, circuit breakers are designed to trip to prevent overloads and damaged equipment. This is a normal part of electrical circuit and equipment safety and maintenance. If there is a problem with the home’s electrical panel, it may prevent circuit breakers from tripping in situations when they should. Whenever there is an indication that the panel is preventing a home’s circuit breakers from working as they should, it is time for an electrician. An electrician can inspect the electrical panel and service it before it causes more damage to the electrical system or even a fire.
Reason #5: Circuit Breakers Remain Tripped
If a home’s circuit is overloaded and a circuit breaker trips, it is expected that the homeowner can just reset the breaker. There is a problem if the circuit breaker continues to trip after resetting it. This is a big problem, as power will not flow through a tripped circuit breaker, and it remains at the circuit breaker until the cause of the breaker trip is identified and corrected. A professional electrician (such as an electrical contractor Chermside) can inspect the electrical panel to determine whether the electrical panel will need to be serviced or replaced with a newer, better-working panel.
Reason #6: New Electrical Panel for Home Renovations
Changing electrical panels may be the right move when we decide to renovate our homes. There may be one of several reasons to get a newer electrical panel in this situation. One reason may be adding new, large appliances such as washer and dryer machines that the home did not have before. Another reason would be the addition of one or more rooms that will have their electrical outlets. A new panel may be necessary even if we choose to add just one more electrical outlet to one of the home’s existing rooms. Lastly, a new electrical panel may be necessary if something unorthodox needs to be installed, such as a North American power outlet.