Circuit breakers are designed to protect the appliances in your home or building from sudden spikes of electricity. Without circuit breakers, your microwave, dryer, and other appliances could overload and easily overheat or catch fire. The licensed electricians at Kolb Electric have decades of experience replacing worn circuit breakers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and can help keep your home safe at all times. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Do you have a constantly tripping circuit breaker? Is it hot to the touch? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could be in need of circuit breaker replacement. Repairing or replacing a circuit breaker can be dangerous to the untrained homeowner. A professional, licensed electrician can properly restore operation or install a newer model for safe and efficient use.
When you need circuit breaker replacement or repair in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, don’t wait! Call Kolb Electric today at 877-287-1197.
When to Call for Circuit Breaker Replacement
Knowing when to call for circuit breaker replacement and when all you need to do is reset the switch can be confusing. Some electrical problems can’t be fixed with a simple trick! In general, you’ll want to call Kolb Electric when:
- Your circuit breaker trips constantly, even after being reset
- The circuit breaker is hot to the touch
- You can smell burning from the breaker panel
- You can see visible damage, such as burned metal or frayed wires
- You can hear buzzing, hissing, or popping noises from the breakers
If you notice any signs of damage on any of the circuit breakers in your home or building, it’s important to call Kolb Electric as soon as possible. Circuit breakers that are not properly maintained will not be able to protect your home from power surges and can also develop a severe risk of arcing or faulting. This can result in heat and sparks that can cause fatal electric shocks or electrical fires!
Pay special attention to any low buzzing, hissing, or popping noises coming from any of the breakers. Noises like these may indicate an arc fault and are a sure sign you need a circuit breaker replacement for your DC-area home. If you’re concerned about arc faults, Kolb Electric can also install an interrupter that will shut down the circuit if it detects this type of issue.
What to Do with a Constantly Tripping Circuit Breaker
If you have a circuit breaker that constantly trips, you probably have an overloaded circuit. This often happens when appliances that use a lot of energy, including flat screen TVs, hair dryers, and space heaters, are all on the same circuit (even if they’re plugged into different outlets). If you have circuits that are constantly tripping, figure out which outlets they control and move one or more of the devices to a new outlet on a different circuit. If this doesn’t fix the problem, call Kolb Electric to schedule circuit breaker repair for your Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC home—there’s a chance you have a short or a ground fault.
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Double-Tapped Circuit Breakers
One of the most common electrical defects inspectors find in homes and buildings is double tapped circuit breakers. Fortunately, they’re rarely serious and easy to fix! Double tapping refers to when two wires are connected to the same screw or terminal in the electrical panel. Double tapping is fine if the breaker is designed for two wires. It gets to be a problem, however, when the breaker is designed for only one. In this case, the wires could become loose and overheat, arc, and possibly ignite!
Why Call Kolb Electric for Circuit Breaker Replacement in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC?
We are a family owned and operated business that has been providing circuit breaker repairs and replacements throughout the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas since 1925. We are committed to providing superior electrical services for residential spaces, as well as industrial, commercial, and construction businesses. The valuable advantages we can offer you are great service, high quality products, and experienced workers at a competitive price.
With six local offices, five bucket trucks, and one of the largest fleets in the Mid-Atlantic region, we are able to handle any size project.
Our services cover everything from new wiring to electrical maintenance and troubleshooting. No matter what your electrical needs are, we have the right solution, at the right price. Our electricians are fully licensed by state and local jurisdictions, assuring you that your electrical project will be installed to exact industry and code standards.
If you need help with circuit breaker replacement in the DC area, and you’re looking for a quality job without the outrageous prices, contact us to arrange for a free quote.
Our MD, DC, and VA electricians are…
- Courteous, professional, and punctual
- Knowledgeable and experienced
- Trained to handle any electrical issue or problem
- Accurate and efficient troubleshooters that can save you time and money
- Equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and parts
- Skilled in residential and commercial services
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