Get Some Basic Background about Electrical Panels
Every home is equipped with an electrical service panel and this is what controls the different electrical circuits in home system. Some panels may be more than 20 years old, and sometimes your home experiences power shortage that will signal service upgrade.
You will know that your home has an electrical panel because you would sometimes flip its breaker switches when you have electrical issues. It is good to realize that you will save time and money if you know the basics of your home’s electrical circuitry every time there is a power shortage in your place. If you know some basics of electrical circuitry, you will be able to tell when you can make your own solution or hire a professional electrician to do the job.
In totality, the panel will do the distribution of power to the various circuits in your house. A single breaker switch that is flipped will turn off the power of an area without affecting other areas of the house. It is recommended that you label rows of on/off switches of your electrical panel, at the same time show the circuit it controls.
When there is a stoppage of electrical service, like lights going out or your hair blower won’t function, then these are the signal that there is a fuse that has blown off. Note that the circuits are designed to shut down in order to be safe whenever there is an overload of power or a short circuit. The shutting down by the circuit will help avoid overheating which could lead to sparks and electrical fires. Sometimes you can solve the problem by either flipping the circuit breaker switch or replace the fuse, or by changing the configuration of your plug to have an even distribution of electricity. But in cases when overloading is not the problem, contacting an electrician is the better action so the professional will be the one to investigate for possible more serious electrical issues.
Know that several older residences have electrical panels with designs that cannot handle the modern equipment of today. Generally, if the home or residence you are occupying is more than 20 years old, it means you have less than 20 amps to support the modern gadgets and appliances of today, so you have to install a new electrical service panel.
An electric panel update is your immediate solution, and do not wait for an electrician to tell you this, once you are experiencing electrical issues because you have already an outdated and overstressed electrical panel.