Circuit Breaker Replacement & Repair in Tampa Bay, FL Area
Professional Circuit Breaker Repair in Tampa Bay
When the power goes out to a specific region of your home (or sometimes your entire home) it may be due to a fault with your circuit breaker. Your home’s circuit breaker is a collection of switches located in your electrical panel. It can trip or automatically shut off if there is an overload or increased voltage entering your home. This is a safety mechanism that prevents a power surge, short-circuit, electrical fire, or electrical shock. At Hawkins Service Company, we specialize in circuit breaker inspections and services. Call us today if you need circuit breaker installation, circuit breaker replacement, or circuit breaker repair in Tampa Bay, FL area.
What is a Circuit Breaker?
A circuit breaker is an electrical switch that opens a circuit to prevent damage like overheating, power surges, and fires. These electrical problems can occur if there is an overload or short-circuit caused by an increased voltage of current traveling into the home. When excess electricity passes through the circuit breaker, the breaker opens, which severs the connection to the circuit and restricts further flow of electricity. The most common types of circuit breakers are:
- Single pole circuit breakers – A single pole circuit breaker is common in residential electrical panels. It is designed for low-voltage appliances like a dishwasher or refrigerator and can provide 120 V and 15-30 amps.
- Double pole circuit breakers – A double pole circuit breaker is often also found in residential electrical panels. It features two wires that connect to a single wire that trips a breaker if there is an overload. It supplies 240 V and may be used for higher-voltage appliances like a dryer.
- Solid-state circuit breakers – A solid-state circuit breaker closes more quickly and is long-lasting and reliable. They are not very energy-efficient, however, and have high conduction losses.
- Arc fault circuit interrupters – An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is designed to detect different types of arcing electrical faults to reduce the risk of fire and overheating.
- Ground fault circuit interrupters – A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) addresses faults related to low-resistance grounding path. They quickly shut off power if a fault is detected and prevent overheating and fires.
Signs You Need Circuit Breaker Replacement
Over time, your circuit breaker can become degraded due to wear and tear or outside damage. Your circuit breaker can also become outdated if you need a higher voltage or increased current to your home. If you notice any of these signs you need circuit breaker repair or circuit breaker replacement, contact our technicians today:
- Your circuit breakers keep tripping
- Your circuit breakers are old or damaged
- You have the wrong amp wiring
- Using one or more appliances trips the circuit breaker
- You smell a burning odor or fishy smell in your home
- You see rust or corrosion on the breaker switches or electrical panel
- The breakers are hot to the touch
- You hear a buzzing or popping sound
- There are burned areas on the breaker box or an outlet
- Outlets are discolored
- Your lights keep flickering or dimming
- Your wires are melted or damaged
- You want to add additional appliances to your home
- You don’t have enough outlets
- You’re planning a home renovation, remodel, or addition
- Your breakers aren’t compatible with modern appliances or technology
- There aren’t enough circuits
- There are sparks or arcs from your outlets
Do I Need an Electrician to Replace a Circuit Breaker?
Even if you have a lot of experience completing home repairs, you should not attempt to do your own electrical work. Learning how to replace a main breaker requires extensive education, training, and study as well as access to professional tools and equipment. If you don’t complete circuit breaker repair or new circuit breaker installation correctly, you risk:
- Damage to your home
- Safety problems
- Injury or death
- Electrocution or electric shock
- Diminished property values
- Violation of electrical codes
- Non-compliance with home warranties and homeowners’ insurance policies
Our experienced technicians can safely and correctly complete circuit breaker repair and circuit breaker replacement without damage to your home. Our circuit breaker and electrical services will improve the safety, comfort, and value of your home. When we complete a new circuit breaker installation, we adhere to all regulations, including the National Electric Code and industry standards.
Schedule a New Circuit Breaker Installation in Tampa Bay, FL
Call us today or contact us online if you need a new circuit breaker installation in Tampa Bay, FL area. We’ll send an experienced technician to your home to inspect your circuit breaker and electrical panel. We can determine whether you need circuit breaker repair, circuit breaker replacement, or a new circuit breaker installation. We can complete new circuit breaker installations after a home renovation or remodel, or during new construction as well.