Electrical Panel Repair
Problems with your breaker panel should be addressed immediately to prevent a number of potential dangers in your home. Though some electrical issues may seem to be nothing more than a nuisance, they can signal bigger problems with your electrical panel that could increase the risk of fire or electrical shock.
Whether you simply need to replace a circuit breaker or if your breaker box needs a complete overhaul, it’s a job for a licensed electrician. A qualified pro will ensure the electrical panel is working properly according to industry standards, local codes and your home’s electricity requirements.
Most electrical repairs that are limited to the breaker panel can be completed within a few hours, ensuring your home is powered up safely and quickly. More extensive repairs that involve rewiring, service upgrades, or replacing the electrical panel could take a full day or more. All or part of your home may be without power during the repair. Your electrical contractor can assess the job up front and give you an accurate estimate of both the time and expense involved.
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Depending on the type of service being performed and the nature of repairs, it could cost between $75 to $500 to have an electrician repair your home’s electrical panel. Service and panel upgrades could cost $1,000 to $2,000 or more.
An electrician will assess the problem using special techniques and tools prior to beginning any job. It could take several hours to properly repair your home’s electrical panel, depending on the nature of the job. When upgrading an older panel to a modernized system, the job could span several days.
When lights in your home start to flicker on the same circuit or when the fuses short out due to heavy voltage loads, it’s time to have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical panel to assess and repair the issues. Older homes are especially prone to electrical problems and should be evaluated to prevent possible fires caused by outdated fuse boxes. In some cases, an upgrade or complete replacement of the panel is the most effective solution.
It’s normal to hear a faint humming from your electrical panel, but if what you hear sounds more like buzzing, crackling or sizzling, there may be a loose or damaged wire or a faulty circuit breaker in the system. Issues like these create electrocution and fire hazards and should be addressed by a qualified electrician immediately.
Circuit breakers are designed to trip, or interrupt the flow of power, if the current demanded overloads the capacity of the breaker and generates excess heat. If the breaker becomes hot to the touch, it may be failing to trip when overloaded. An inadequate, defective, or incorrectly installed breaker could be the culprit and should be inspected by an electrician as soon as possible.
Many appliances draw a large amount of power when they start up, which can briefly reduce the power available to other devices, such as light fixtures. Dimming lights could be a sign of overloaded circuits, an inadequate electrical service, a wiring problem, or even an issue with the appliance that seems to affect the lights. An electrician can troubleshoot to determine the most effective solution, whether it’s an appliance or panel repair or a service upgrade from your electricity supplier.