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Repairs & Upgrades to Your Important Electrical Systems

The electrical panel is the main distribution point for electricity throughout the home, therefore maintaining its efficient operation is critical to maintaining a safe, enjoyable home. Supplying power to each of the home’s electrical circuits, the electrical panel acts as the main point of connection to your electric provider and is engineered to provide reliable electrical service. Despite the dependable design, electric panels can often require repair or upgrade for a number of reasons. These include age, wear, faulty repair and even changing electrical needs.

At Martella Electric Company, our Delaware County electricians are experts in the repair or replacement of electrical panels and we can help you adequately assess your needs to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your electrical panel for years to come.

If you are in need of a service for your circuit breaker panels in Delaware County, give Martella Electric Company a call today at (484) 341-7113.

Circuit Breaker Panel Basics

As the “brain” of your home’s electrical system, the circuit breaker panel controls the flow of electricity into your house. Usually providing 100 – 200 amps of power, the electrical panel distributes power to circuits located throughout your home and will break the connection to power in the event of a malfunction.

Typically the electric service panel is designed to handle the power demands of a common household, however, problems can occur due to a variety of circumstances:

  • Increased demand – Over time electrical use has increased dramatically and this often exceeds the capacity of a home’s electrical system. Common symptoms of an overly stressed electrical system can include lights that flicker intermittently, frequent tripping of circuit breakers and outlets that function inconsistently.
  • Faulty devices – Most residential appliances and devices operate without a problem, however occasionally some can create a short circuit which can be hazardous. Often this simply requires the repair of the offending device, however, in some instances, the result may require the replacement of the electrical panel.
  • Damage – The impairment of any part of your home’s electrical system can have a direct effect on your circuit breaker panel. Damage can occur in a variety of ways like a fallen tree limb, flooding or even animals that can damage the wiring in an unseen location.

Properly designed and maintained circuit breaker panels can operate for years with few issues, however, in some cases a repair is necessary. At Martella Electric Company, our Delaware County service panel upgrade technicians carefully assess every electrical system to determine whether the electrical panel simply needs repair, upgrade or replacement.

Circuit Breaker Troubleshooting

Normally the first indication of trouble is when a circuit breaker triggers itself and disconnects the power as a result. Although this should be a relatively uncommon occurrence, problems that cause an occasional disruption in power are frequently easy to find and diagnose. However, the Delaware County electricians at Martella Electric Company find that many home and business owners unknowingly overlook symptoms that suggest that a circuit breaker is bad and may require replacement.

These include:

  • Corrosion – Heavy corrosion on either end of the circuit breaker
  • Arcing – Visible sparks or arcing should never occur and requires immediate attention
  • Signs of overheating – Scorch or burn marks strongly suggest a serious failure
  • Humming – An audible humming coming from the circuit breaker
  • Non-obvious – Other conditions like extreme humidity

Needless to say, these can be symptoms that suggest a circuit breaker may need replacement or a more serious underlying condition. If you experience frequently tripping breakers or any of these symptoms, call Martella Electric Company and our Delaware County circuit breaker panel experts be able to quickly identify and repair your electrical panel.

Electric Panels: Replacement & Upgrades

Thankfully electrical systems are designed to provide reliable power for years with minimal maintenance, however, there are instances where an electrical panel requires replacement or upgrade.

Symptoms like frequently tripping circuit breakers, flickering lights or sparking are a strong indication that your electric panel requires professional attention. Although it’s difficult to determine whether a circuit breaker panel requires repair, upgrade or replacement without a full inspection, Martella Electric Company has found that some of the most frequent problems that require breaker panel replacement include:

  • Miswiring – Occasionally electrical panels can exhibit problems as a result of errors made during repair or miswiring. Common symptoms resulting from poorly performed electrical repairs include failure of a device to turn off properly or continued running even after the switch has been shut off. Electrical shock is another indication that a repair my not have been done correctly. Since it can take time for problems due to miswiring to manifest, it can often be difficult to quickly diagnose the source of the problem.
  • Circuit overload – The most common reason for a tripped circuit breaker is an overloaded circuit. Normally this occurs when too many devices are using an individual circuit; since wiring can only accommodate a limited amount of power, circuit breakers are designed to disconnect the flow of power to prevent overheating. While the best short-term fix is to reduce the number of devices being used, the long-term solution includes the upgrade of your electric panel or possibly the replacement of your entire circuit breaker panel.
  • Short circuit – A short circuit can occur anywhere within your home, including your breaker panel. Although this can often be resolved with a simple repair, in some cases it will require the replacement of the electric panel.
  • Faulty circuit breaker panels – There are a number of circuit breaker panels that have been found to be hazardous, so if your home has a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE), Zinsco or Zinsco-Sylvania circuit breaker panel, we strongly suggest that you contact our Delaware County electricians to have it inspected. These electrical panels possess well-document problems that could lead to serious injury or death, so contact a professional immediately for assistance if you find that you have one of these panels in your home.

Faulty Circuit Breaker Symptoms

  • Poor Performing Appliances
  • Damage to Electronics, Lights, and Appliances
  • Flickering & Dimming Lights
  • Burning Smells
  • Breaker Will Not Remain Reset
  • Breakers Trip Consistently
  • Physical Damage (Melted Wiring)
  • Old Age
Poor Performing Appliances

If your dryer is not drying your clothes and your refrigerator is not staying cool, you may need to upgrade or replace your circuit breaker panel.

Damage to Electronics, Lights, and Appliances

If you are experiencing blown light bulbs or problems with the electronics in your home, your electrical panel may be causing the problem.

Flickering & Dimming Lights

This is one of the most common signs of a circuit breaker panel problem. An inconsistent or insufficient supply of electricity will cause your lights to flicker.

Burning Smells

If your panel is overheating, it will begin to melt the wire insulation and the panel box itself. This is a very dangerous situation.

Breaker Will Not Remain Reset

If you are sure that the circuit is not overloaded and you have waited a few minutes for the circuit to cool down, the issue could be a faulty breaker box.

Breakers Trip Consistently

If you continually find yourself going outside to flip your circuit breakers back on, your system may not have enough power to meet your home's demands.

Physical Damage

If you find melted wiring insulation or burn marks on your breaker box, you should get help fast because of the danger of an electrical fire.

Old Age or Outdated Panels

If you do not know the age of your system, having your electrical panel inspected can shed light on whether your panel is outdated or too old to run safely.

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Providing Circuit Breaker Replacement Services

Circuit breaker panels are a critical component of your home’s electrical system. Although they typically operate for years with minimal maintenance, occasional repair or upgrade is required to maintain safe and convenient operation. In some extreme cases, replacement of the electrical panel may be required.

If you suspect that your Delaware County circuit breaker panel may need repair, upgrade or replacement, contact Martella Electric Company at (484) 341-7113.

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