Most Albany, NY homeowners are extremely busy and do the best they can maintaining their homes and staying on top of issues. But, certain aspects of home ownership often go overlooked. Keeping up on the electrical system is one such area, more specifically, the main electrical panel is often not given much attention, if any. They might not even be aware that there are issues with the home's wiring until a circuit breaker has tripped. It is extremely important to be aware if your outlets look like they have gotten darker or if there is heat coming from the main circuit panel. If any of these are noticeable, something could be seriously wrong and will likely require a call to a licensed electrician.
Believe it or not, there are more than 370,000 residential house fires in the United States every single year. It is critically important to regularly check your electrical panel and keep an eye on all-things electrical around your home. A measure of proactivity will go a long way and likely save you time, money and potential damage to your Albany home.
The circuit breakers in your main electrical panel are designed to protect your home against electrical surges. Here are some reasons why your breakers might be excessively hot.
1) Older wiring is often the #1 culprit. There are so many homes in the Capital Region that are older than 50 years. Often, the wiring is outdated and cannot handle the electrical requirements of newer appliances.
2) A circuit that has too many appliances connected to it. Many people connect their media electronics all to the same circuit and can cause it to generate heat. Too many extension cords could also cause too much heat. It is best to add dedicated circuits to help handle the load and minimize heat buildup.
3. Loose connections. Outlets and electrical wires that are not adequately tightened can definitely cause heat. It might be time to contact a professional to help fix the problem.
If you are in a situation experiencing any of these problems, be sure to contact a professional electrician in Albany who is both affordable and professional.
Please consider calling McCauley Electrical today.