Know the Purpose of Your Electrical Panel in Your Home
Every home is equipped with an electrical service panel and this is what controls the different electrical circuits in home system. There are homes with panels that are more than 20 years old, and in this case, homes could be experiencing some shortage of power that will signal you to upgrade your electrical service.
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 short, the distribution of power to the various circuits in a house is made through the panel. A single breaker switch that is flipped will turn off the power of an area without affecting other areas of the house. Inside the electrical panel, there is an array of on/off switches, and it is better that you label each either near the switch of inside the door, then add which circuit it controls.
Whenever there is a fuse that has blown off, there is a stoppage of service happening in your house, like a lights going out or your blow dry won’t function, and so on. 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. In order to prevent overheating that would lead to sparks and electrical fires, the circuit will shut down automatically. There are times that the solution of the problem can be done by plug configuration to evenly distribute the electricity supply, and by flipping the circuit breaker switch or by replacing the fuse. 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.
Note that in older homes, the electrical panels were not designed to handle the electricity needs of the modern appliances and equipment. 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.