Why Your Circuit Breaker Needs to Have the Right Load Capacity

Langstaff & Sloan Inc. Electrical Services

Electrical wiring services may be needed for a variety of reasons, but an issue that is commonly faced by both residential and commercial properties includes an overloaded circuit. Based on what space is used for, different homes or buildings in Toronto need different amp services. While a 200-amp service is good for a home larger than 2,000 square feet that has central air-conditioning and electric heat, it’s important to be aware of how many amps your space may need based on your specific usage.

So, what does happen to your circuit breaker if you don’t have the right load capacity? Well, what you’ll experience at the very least is a power outage which may result in a few plugs not working or something larger that affects your entire home. More seriously, an overload can cause circuit wiring to overheat, which can melt the wire insulation and lead to an electrical fire.

Is an Electrical Panel Upgrade the Right Thing to Do?

Each electrical circuit is designed to handle a limited amount of electricity. An overload will occur when you draw more electricity than a circuit can safely handle. Residential or commercial contractors in Toronto should be your first call if you suspect your electrical wiring system is over its capacity. Based on their assessment, they can determine what electrical wiring services are needed to update your system safely.

While installing a new circuit is a simple process, in many cases, the existing panel wouldn’t be able to handle the extra load. As a result, an electrical panel upgrade is often the best answer. Your electrical panel is really the central nervous system for your home, and when it’s properly outfitted to handle all your current and future electrical needs, you can rest easy knowing your family or your employees are safe. In addition to an electrical panel upgrade, a professional electrician can also install additional outlets to help redistribute the loads between your circuits.

Signs of overloaded circuits include:

  • A breaker tripping and shutting off all your power.
  • Dimming lights, especially if it occurs when you turn on appliances or other lights.
  • Buzzing outlets or switches.
  • Outlets or switch covers that feel warm when you touch them.
  • Burning odours from your outlets or switches.
  • Scorched plugs or outlets.

If any of these problems persist, contact a residential or commercial contractor in Toronto that can provide certified electrical services and give you more information about a panel upgrade or about fixing other issues they may find.

Ensure Electrical Safety with Langstaff & Sloan

Should you need to make changes to the electrical in your home or office, always work with a certified and reputable electrician, such as Langstaff & Sloan. We’ll apply for an electrical permit, if required, and work with the inspections department when the project is completed to ensure everything is done properly. Working with a professional electrician not only ensures the right technique but also confirms that your home’s circuitry and electrical wiring will follow a sound plan that will help maximize your enjoyment of the space. To find out more about how Langstaff & Sloan can support your needs, contact us.