How Does My Breaker Panel Work?

When your lights and power go out in a certain area of your home, one of the first places to consider checking is your breaker panel. Chances are, one of the breakers may have been tripped, and you can reset it to restore power. Understanding how the breaker box in your house works helps you to better understand when an issue might require a professional electrician from GVEC Electrician services in Gonzales, TX, Schertz, Cuero, La Vernia, New Braunfels, Seguin and surrounding areas.

Why You Need a Breaker Panel

Breaker panels are safety mechanisms that help protect your residence from fires and significant damage to electrical wiring. The breakers work by shutting off electrical flow to any circuits that experience spikes in the flow of electricity. These spikes overload the circuit, tripping the breaker and automatically cutting power, which helps safely prevent any serious problems.

What Trips a Breaker in the Panel?

The most common reason for breakers getting tripped in a circuit panel is lightning strikes near your home. Other reasons for tripped breakers inside the panel include:

  • Excessive electricity demand by large appliances
  • Running too many electrical devices at once on the same breaker, especially in older houses
  • Overheating within the electrical system
  • Faulty, damaged or timeworn wiring

Is It Normal for Circuit Breakers to Trip?

Having a circuit breaker trip occasionally isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm. Most modern households host a huge number of electronic devices. From smartphones to tablet computers, smart TVs, laptops, desktops, smart thermostats, gaming consoles, streaming media players and more, many older homes aren’t designed to manage the oversized electrical load that can result when these modern devices get used in large numbers alongside large appliances. However, if the breaker panel shows a tripped circuit on a regular basis, such as daily or weekly, it is probably time to contact GVEC Electrician services to have a South Central Texas electrician diagnose the problem.

Your Professional Electricians in South-Central Texas

If you’ve got a problematic circuit breaker in your home or other issue with your box, call GVEC Electrician services at 888.590.7773. We’ve worked with numerous homeowners in Gonzales, Schertz, Cuero, La Vernia, New Braunfels, Seguin and other areas in and adjoining the Guadalupe Valley to install, troubleshoot and update damaged or outdated electrical systems.

If you’ve got other issues with the electrical system in your home or small business, we can help with those, too. We do repairs, upgrades, inspections, wiring, whole-home surge protection, and even solar and battery storage installation. Got a job in mind, but aren’t sure if we do it? Give us a call, and let’s talk about it!