Today we’re moving on to discuss your main electrical panels. Yes, we’re talking about electrical panels because they’re important! We’ll discuss the purpose electrical panel repair information and top electrical panel manufacturers we prefer. We’ll then take a look at the life expectancy of electrical panels, and what to do when you encounter problems.
First, what is the purpose of an electrical panel? Well, the electrical panel is much like a heart. Hearts pump blood to your lungs and other important systems in your body through veins and arteries to keep you alive. Electrical panels serve as distribution centers for electricity, as they push electricity through wires or circuits to different electrical systems in your home to keep it powered on.
Without a highly reliable and functioning electrical panel, you can expect that nothing will work the way it is supposed to. That’s why picking an electrical panel made by a trusted, reliable brand is important. When we do installation we use Cutler Hammer and Square D electrical panels because they are the best! However, we do repairs on many brands of electrical panels and we do lots of them- especially on Zinsco and Federal Pacific electrical panels. These brands cause lots of problems from over-current or short circuits due to the overheating of bus bars. This is one of many reasons why it’s important to have a certified electrician check the functionality and safety of your electrical panel annually.
As people age, their hearts may face complications. Same goes for your home. As it ages, your home’s electrical panel may stop protecting the home against over-current or short circuits, among other problems. Electrical panels normally last around 25 years, but this depends on how you treat them. Exposing electrical panels to harsh environments or overloading will only cause them to stop working faster. If you experience a problem with your electrical panel, call a professional, certified electrician.
If you are sure something with your electrical panel isn’t working correctly or you think it may need an inspection, get a hold of a certified electrician (preferably Mister Sparky® of Tulsa). DIY electric work is often dangerous. We would be happy to come out to your home to help. If you want to save money, check out our preventative maintenance program, PowerClub. With a PowerClub membership, you get a 10% discount on all service and repairs, special privileges and other perks.
Well, we hope this blog has enlightened you regarding all things electrical panels. It’s always enjoyable to have the privilege of sharing our passions. Don’t forget to come back and visit our website soon since we’ll be blogging regularly each month. Contact us if you have any thoughts, questions or concerns about electrical panels.