But Wait... There's More!
In the past 25 years, our demand for power in our home's has increased exponentially. Adding a treadmill or a powerful sound system might just be the straw that breaks the panel's back. Many of these "high energy" items are much more affordable, so people buy and install them without thinking about the strain they are putting on their electric system.
- Look for fuses. The fuses themselves aren't dangerous. They were used for years in electrical boxes. However, they are no longer used in modern construction, so if you have fuses in your electrical box it means you're dealing with a very old box.
- Overloaded breakers are another problem. Over the years homeowners, handymen, and other people will overload breakers with too many electrical appliances. This can cause continual tripping of a breaker, and if it's really overloaded, it may cause a fire.
- If your panel is older than 25 years, then you might consider having a new panel installed
- If there is unpermitted work on your home or if any work has been done by untrained or unskilled workers
- A home that has a new addition or been remodeled should have the box tested to make sure it can safely meet any new demand for electricity.
- If you have any flickering lights or unexpected interruptions to your electrical power in a room or outlet.
Additionally, you may have remodeled and built additions onto your home. Modifications can alter the demand for electricity and can lead to electrical issues, if you don't make sure your electrical box is brought up to date with the changes to your home.