Circuit breakers are important parts of a home electrical system. Many people do not give circuit breakers a second thought until there is an issue. A newly installed circuit breakers can operate smoothly for more than 30 years but there are many reasons to inspect your circuit breakers. As part of your home electrical systems maintenance, the parts of your circuit breaker will eventually need to be updated and replaced.
Why do circuit breakers fail?
Circuit breakers can fail for a variety of reasons. The most common failures occur due to corrosion, dust, hardened grease, or frozen parts that interfere with normal operation. This can occur due to age or overuse, or defective parts. Symptoms often include no tripping at all or sporadic tripping. This is usually a good indication you need some type of circuit breaker replacement.
The best way to prevent circuit breaker failure is to get a circuit breaker inspection. A technician is trained to identify any potential parts and components that are in need of repairs and will determine if you need a circuit breaker replacement.
What will an inspection provide?
A circuit breaker inspection will pride both a visual and mechanical inspection to ensure your circuit breaker system is operating correctly. They will also lubricate all necessary parts as this will prolong the life of your breaker system. A technician will also examine the breaker alignment and determine the condition and alignment of any components and parts.
Only a certified professional will properly inspect your circuit breakers per industry standards. This is critical because failures in circuit breakers and their related systems can cause safety hazards for your home and family and might cause damage to your home. Preventative maintenance is the best way to prevent problems before they become costly.