So you’ve been asking yourself, “Self — what are the signs of a defective circuit breaker?” Great question! (And an important one, too.)

Your circuit breaker plays a critical role in the proper functioning of your home’s electrical system. If you have any of the following signs of a defective circuit breaker, it’s important to get it examined by an experienced electrician.

Defective Circuit Breaker Signs

#1: Flickering lights

Are the lights in your home flickering on a regular basis? If they raise and lower or turn off or on, this could be a sign that your circuit breaker is not working as it should.

#2: Appliance problems

Does your dryer turn off mid-cycle or your oven not reach the right temperature? Don’t rush out to get your appliances replaced. This may not be a problem with the machines, but instead, your circuit breaker. Replacing your breaker could help your appliances operate consistently as they should.

#3: Odors

If you notice a burning odor coming from the panel, do not ignore it. This could mean that there is a potentially dangerous insulation or wiring problem that is causing the panel to overheat.

If this happens for a long period of time, it could cause a serious electrical emergency or fire.

#4: Tripped breaker

To protect your home, the circuit breaker is designed to trip when too much power is being pushed through it. If you notice that the circuit breaker is tripping every time you turn on the same appliance, the breaker may be starting to fail.

You can reset the breaker (i.e., flip the breaker). But continuing short circuits at your home or business can be a sign of overloaded circuits or electrical issues because the breaker is bad.

An electrician can determine if you need to add a new circuit, or if the whole panel itself is worn out. Keep that electricity flowing by consulting an expert!

#5: Age

Circuit breakers can last for many years. However, if your home is older and the circuit breaker has never been replaced, or it has not been serviced in 10 to 15 years, it’s important to have it checked. Chances are, it will need to be replaced.

Your electrical system is an important part of your home, so investing in it to make sure it is safe and functioning as it should means you will have peace of mind knowing that your home is a safe place for you and your family.

Contact our experienced team of electricians at Prairie Electric today to talk about getting your circuit breaker checked or replaced.