Upgrading the Electrical Panel
American home’s use more electricity than ever before, primarily due to an increased number of appliances and electronics. While it is true that modern technology adds convenience, and entertains us, the electrical panel, also called a breaker box, is not always capable of carrying the increased load in existing homes, and especially older homes. When electrical consumption exceeds the panel’s capacity, contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL to provide the electrical services you need.
Older homes, may have fuses rather than circuit breakers. The presence of fuses confirms an outdated electrical system, and you should schedule an inspection and upgrade. Not only do fuses confirm an outdated electrical system, the age may also indicate hazards with the home’s wiring. Furthermore, fuse boxes can be considered a hazard. the home’s electrical wiring may be in need of upgrading. A licensed electrician can inspect the electrical system and provide you with the answers you need. Contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL today to schedule an inspection.
If you’re planning renovations or an addition to your home, your electrical panel may require upgrading to accommodate the new demand. Rely on the expertise and advice of Mister Sparky licensed electrician.
Tripped Circuit Breakers
The circuit breaker protects the electrical circuit from damage by shutting the supply of electricity off when a problem occurs. Furthermore, a circuit breaker may ‘trip’ for a number of reasons. Each circuit breaker is sized for the circuit it protects, with the largest circuit breakers typically service the home’s heating and air conditioner, and the water heater. You will also find the heaviest gauge wire on these larger circuits in order to meet the needs required. In other words, the circuit breaker ensures the electricity going through the wire does not exceed what the wire was designed to handle. Other causes of a tripped breaker You can rely on Mister Sparky licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL to provide the reliable electrical services you require.
In addition, a tripped breaker can also be caused by a faulty breaker, and/or a faulty appliance. Contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for the professional electrical services you need.
You can test this by unplugging all devices on the circuit. Plug a single one back up and turn the breaker back on. Repeat this with each device that was plugged into the circuit, one at a time. If the circuit trips with one device but not the others, you have likely uncovered the device with a problem. However, it is possible with the circuit does not carry enough electricity for a device with the need for large amounts of current, such as an electric heater. However, if the breaker trips repeatedly with all devices, it is time to contact Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL for electrical repair.
Reducing the Load on the Electrical System
Saving energy has the added benefit of reducing the electrical load on electrical circuits. This may assist you in reducing the electrical overload on the circuits serving new energy efficiency appliances. It will simply depend on the circuit and the load placed on it. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL is the best guide in this situation, but there is certainly no harm involved in reducing the electrical load by replacing non-efficient appliances with new energy efficient replacements.
Some appliances require a dedicated circuit, such as the HVAC system, and water heater. You could run into the need for a dedicated circuit with a window unit as well, depending on the type and its requirements. Portable electric heaters can also overload a circuit, especially when you try to use more than one on a single circuit. Kitchen circuits are often a problem. When using multiple high draw appliances simultaneously trips a kitchen circuit, try moving one of the appliance to an outlet on a different circuit to avoid overloading it. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide you with additional outlets and circuits for a more functional kitchen.
The following tips can help you to reduce the load on circuits:
- While LED light bulbs may cost more to purchase, they can save you significantly on the operating cost of lighting, and reducing the load on a circuit. For example, a strand of mini incandescent lights uses 40 watts, while the same size strand of LED lights will only use 4 watts. Furthermore, the LED’s will last longer.
- Purchasing Energy Star appliances offers the opportunity to save energy and resources with a higher efficiency and reliability, while reducing the electrical load on the affected circuits.
- A programmable thermostat can reduce the cost of heating and cooling by as much as 20%. For every degree you adjust the thermostat, you can save approximately 1% on the energy bill. The HVAC system has its own dedicated circuit, but saving money is simple with a programmable thermostat.
- Occasional use of an extension cord is acceptable, but continued use indicates an insufficient number of electrical outlets. Continuous use may result in overloading the circuit. Remember, a tripped breaker most likely indicates an overloaded circuit. Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical panel upgrades, outlet installation and additional circuits that you need for safe and effective use.
If you need a new electrical panel installed, contact Mister Sparky to schedule service. Our licensed electricians offer the electrical services you require for both residential and commercial applications. You can rely on Mister Sparky electricians in Huntsville, AL to arrive on time, and to provide the professional expertise you rely on. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama region, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.