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What Happens If You Overload Your Breaker Box
Many homes built before the year 2000 have between 60 and 100-ampere electric panels. However, the demands of modern living often require a 200-ampere electric panel.
This has led some homeowners to resort to quick fixes and workarounds, which can overload the breaker box and lead to severe consequences.
These include tripped breakers, flickering lights, frequent power outages, tangled and improperly connected wires, and even premature equipment failure and costly repairs.
Even worse, overloaded circuits are at risk of overheating, which can damage electrical components and increase the likelihood of electrical fires.
Double-tapping occurs when two wires are connected to a single breaker meant for a single wire. Their vibrations, thermal expansions, and contractions can cause loose connections.
When connections become loose, it increases resistance and generates heat, creating a hazardous situation that can result in arcing, electrical faults, and potential fires.
To avoid all this, take preventative measures and get regular inspections. Be sure not to overload your circuits by plugging in too many devices or using power strips excessively.