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Repair or Replace? The Electric Panel Conundrum

Nothing could be more frustrating than an electric panel that keeps tripping leaving you in the dark. Typically electrical panels can last for decades. However, If your electric panel has seen better days, it may be time for a replacement. If you’ve already checked with your utility company and have confirmed there are no issues coming from their end, then it’s probably time to call an electrician to assess your electrical problem.

Here’s some advice on whether you’ll need to repair or replace your electric panel.

Flickering Lights

If you experience flickering or dimming lights while using household appliances, such as a hairdryer or microwave, then you may have overloaded circuits or the wiring is outdated. This is a common issue in older homes and in most cases requires an electric panel upgrade.  

Failing Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are designed to cut the flow of electricity in the event of an overload or short circuit. In this instance, there is no need to replace the electric panel. Contact an electrician to repair or replace the malfunctioning circuit breaker, and you’ll be back up and running in no time!  

Burning Smell

If you notice a burning smell or the electric panel feels warm to the touch, then this could be the result of a wiring issue. Frayed or exposed wires can cause a fire hazard. Although a professional electrician can make a determination on whether or not it could be repaired, the best solution would be to replace your electric panel completely.

Split Bus Panel

A split bus panel can be identified by electric panel breakers divided into two groups without a single disconnect breaker. This type of electric panel may have been perfect to power a home forty years ago, however, it may not be able to hold up to today’s home electrical needs. Having an old electric panel also leaves you open to hazardous situations. If your electric panel is way past its lifespan, it may not trip circuit breakers properly thus posing a fire risk.

After a complete examination of your electric panel, an experienced and professional electrician will be able to determine whether a repair or full replacement is in order. If you are experiencing problems with your electric panel, AAA Service can help. Our qualified and trained electricians are ready to serve all of your electrical needs. Call or make an appointment online today.

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