Due to technological advances, many facilities today are operating with insufficient electrical wiring for both the quantity and power needs of their equipment. In addition, when buildings are updated or remodeled, the existing electrical wiring often goes untouched. A properly functioning electrical panel is an important component of your facility that affects safety and productivity.
Electrical panels in commercial facilities are regulated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Faulty or exposed wiring that impose potential safety hazards could be subject to violations and fines. It is important to know the warning signs that your electrical system needs repair or replacement.
Warning Signs of Needed Repairs or Replacement
Electrical systems that need to be repaired or replaced can cause problems for your business such as flickering lights, breakers that constantly trip or fuses that frequently blow, melted electrical wires, and the inability to use multiple appliances simultaneously. The use of multiple extension cords, need for additional outlets or two pronged outlets, computers not on a dedicated circuit and electronic devices that do not operate at full power are other signs that you need to inspect your panel. If you notice any of these issues, check your electrical system and call a professional electrical contractor to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced.
Warning Signs of Potential Safety Hazards
Sometimes electrical panels will show specific signs that they need to be replaced immediately to avoid a power outage, fire or electrocution. Crackling sounds emitting from the electrical panel, corrosion or rust on the breakers or panel, or overheating electrical service conductors are all warning signs that you are in need of a new electrical panel and a professional should be called as soon as possible to avoid potential safety hazards or a power failure.
If you are concerned about your facility’s electrical wiring or panel, contact Mid-America Contractors today. Our staff can have a new electrical panel installed to protect your property and occupants from electrical issues and emergencies before they occur. MAC is a contractor Kansas City property and facility managers have trusted for more than 25 years.