Circuit breakers need to get replaced after two decades or so. Like any other electrical contraption, it also gets worn out, and sometimes, it can no longer meet the power demands of a given household. Electrical experts say homeowners should know when to replace the breakers, as foregoing this task could lead to more issues and accidents.
But first, homeowners should understand what circuit breakers are and what are the repercussions of not replacing the breaker on time. Circuit breakers are the nerve center of a property’s electrical system. It ensures that every circuit is powered, and it cuts power into a circuit that experiences grounding, or overloading. Either way, it protects the system, the appliances, the people, and the structure from electrical injuries, and electrical accidents like fires.
Signs that the breaker needs replacement
Several signs clue into the need to replace an existing circuit breaker. The foremost question homeowners should ask themselves though is when was the breaker installed. if the breaker was installed during the house installation, and the house was erected more than 20 years ago then most likely there is a need to upgrade the circuit breaker already. While the contraption may still handle the flow of electricity inside the house, it may no longer be able to respond to the electrical requirements of the whole household.
If the homeowner is not so sure about the age of the breaker then it is best to call in a professional electrician to check the current condition of the breaker. A licensed electrical contractor can accurately verify whether the breaker is optimally sound therefore could still last a couple more years. On the other hand, an electrician could also objectively assess whether an upgrade is in order. If electrical repair or upgrade is due, then the electrician can perform the needed remediation right away.
Other signs that the home needs a breaker upgrade
Constant dependence on extension cords and octopus connections and power strips also signify a need for a new circuit breaker. Since there are not enough power receptacles around the house, using power strips and extension wired only increases the opportunity of a power overloading. Overloading can cause overheating, which in turn could be the start of an electrical fire.