Get Some Basic Background about Electrical Panels
You may or may not be aware that your home is equipped with an electrical panel and know that this is what will control the various system of the electrical circuits in your home. 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. If you know what your panel can do and the basics of your electrical circuitry inside your home, you will have savings in terms of time and money if you would happen to have a loss of an appliance or in the total place of your home. 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. It is for this reason that if you flip a single breaker, the power of a certain area like kitchen only will be turned off without affecting the 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.
You will know that there is a fuse that has blown off when there is a stoppage of electrical functions like the lights have turned off, or your hair blower won’t function. Whenever there is a blown fuse or tripped breaker, the circuits would shut down so that safety is observed during power overload or short circuit. In order to prevent overheating that would lead to sparks and electrical fires, the circuit will shut down automatically. You can solve the problem by changing plug configuration to evenly distribute the electricity, or by flipping the circuit breaker or replacing the plug. However, if overloading of power is not the problem, it is high time to call your electrician to let him do the evaluation for possible electrical issues.
Be aware that the electrical panels of the past cannot simply handle modern electrical needs because of its design. 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.
Be warned that an outdated, overstressed electrical panel is both an inconvenience and dangerous so do not wait to bring in an electrician to tell you to upgrade your electrical panel.