Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
When it comes to your electrical system, it is highly important to know the signs that could indicate a problem with the electrical box itself. This way, you will know when you need to hire a licensed electrician. To help you gain understand just what you might be dealing with, there are a few things listed below.
The Box Feels Hot
Sure, you have a lot of energy pumping through that box. However, this does not mean that you should be able to feel the box actually warm up from all of that energy. In fact, the box should remain cool to the touch. If you notice that the electrical box is starting to get hot, you might want to shut down the electrical service to the home and call in the licensed electrician. The reason for this is that there could be a short in one of the lines or there could be a broken wire somewhere near the box thanks to a small rodent.
There Is Not Enough Room
If you take a look at your electrical home within the home, you should notice that there are at least a few empty spots where new breakers could be installed. This is important to have if you are thinking about adding a room addition onto the home, installing a new HVAC system that was not there before, or simply making other major upgrades to the electrical system in your home. When you have an electrician upgrade your box to a larger one, you will be opening yourself up to many more opportunities.
Sparks Are Flying
When you go to flip a breaker into the on or off position, it should be as easy as simply moving it the other direction. It should not be difficult to move and it should certainly not let off any sparks. If you do see sparks flying when you flip the switch, you need an electrician. It could be something as simple as the wires that connect to the breaker are not as tight as they should be. It could be that you have a bad breaker that needs to be completely replaced.
As you can see, there are a lot of things that can go wrong with a home electrical box. This is why it is so important for you, the homeowner, to pay attention and take immediate action should something go wrong. Talk to experts like Advantage Electric for more information.