Is Your Electrical Panel Overloaded?

Written on: March 18, 2024

We can improve your home’s electrical capacity in Queens and Nassau counties.

electrician Nassau County, NY We rely on the electrical capabilities of our homes more than many people realize, and the extent to which we use electricity is not constant. With spring upon us and summer soon to arrive, households in New York will soon be switching over from oil and gas-powered heating systems to air-conditioning equipment that needs a lot of electricity.

Between A/C, home electronics, lights and countless products drawing power from your home’s wiring, your electrical panel may be feeling the strain.

What is an electrical panel?

The electrical panel is essentially the connector between the electricity coming into your home (generally from utility wires) and all the wiring inside your home. It routes power to outlets, systems, applications and fixtures throughout your house.

You may know your home’s electrical panel as the circuit box that you use to kill power to certain rooms. There’s also a main breaker on this box that can cut off electricity to the whole home if that’s needed.

Your panel is designed to handle a certain amount of electricity. If too many products are drawing power for it, it can become overloaded.

What are the signs that your electrical panel is overloaded?

Here are some common indications that your electrical panel is overloaded:

  1. Your breakers are tripping frequently. Breakers work as a safety mechanism to prevent dangerous power surges. If your breakers are constantly tripping and knocking out power to certain rooms, there could be an overloading issue.
  2. Hot wires and breakers. It’s not necessarily uncommon for an electrical panel to be warm, but if you’ve noticed a hot panel or wires, that is a cause for concern.
  3. Damaged wires. If the electrical wires coming from your breaker box are frayed or cracking, it could be a sign that they are overheating. This could also be everyday wear and tear. Either way, it’s a good idea to contact an electrician.
  4. Sparking, smoking and buzzing. Your electrical panel should not make noise, and it definitely should not spark or smoke. Please turn off the panel and contact us immediately.

As you might imagine, an overloaded electrical panel can present a significant safety issue. It’s essential that you respond quickly.

How can you fix an overloaded electrical panel?

The first thing you need to do is reach out to a licensed, insured and certified electrician like the team at OSI Comfort Specialists. We can look at your electrical panel and the number of appliances, systems, lights and outlets drawing power from it. There are several ways to address overloading, including the following:

  • Unplug or replace certain power-intensive items.
  • Redistribute appliances across different circuits.
  • Replace individual breakers that are old or overloaded.
  • Upgrade your electrical panel to handle your home’s heavier power load.

While replacing an electrical panel might be the priciest option, it can often have the best results. Upgrading your home’s electrical capacity will ensure you can run all the electronics you need without dangerous power surges or service interruptions. This can be especially important if your household has students or remote workers.

Are you due for an electrical upgrade? Contact OSI Comfort Specialists to discuss our top-tier electrical services.