Breakers regulate the energy that flows into a circuit. In case a circuit is overloaded, the breaker trips and the flow of electricity stops. This might have happened to you if you’ve had several appliances working at the same time in the same circuit. Such a situation can be easily fixed just by having all the devices unplugged and having the breaker reset.
If this is happening regularly however, you may require professional servicing to replace your old panel with an updated one with enough capacity to adequately supply all your family’s power usage needs. If only one breaker falls, even if the machine is not overloaded, it can only be a bad breaker and the problem can be solved by a breaker replacement.
If you constantly need to repair your panel it might be necessary to replace it with a new one. If you purchased your home recently and don’t know how old the electrical panel is, seeing breakers of different brands or colors is a tip-off that the previous owner replaced multiple breakers.
When you want to have an old appliance replaced you need to have an electrician present. This is important especially if your new appliance takes up more power to operate than the previous one. In case your panel is not suitable for your appliance, you should get a new panel.
The latest panels are now equipped with AFCI outlets that safeguard wires from fires often caused by jumping electricity. This security feature may not be included if the panel was installed before 1999. There is a risk of electrical fire if there are no AFCI outlets at your panel or the starting points of the various circuits throughout your home.