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Why Does My Electrical Panel Smell Funny?

Ever walk past your electrical panel and notice that it smells a bit funny? It can be a sign that you have a serious electrical problem and should call on a professional electrician right away. See below to find out what the smell could possibly be and why your panel is producing a strange scent in the first place.

What Is The Smell Coming From My Electrical Panel?

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to notice a burning or “hot” smell coming from the electrical panel. It may be reminiscent of melting plastic or even worse, a smell more similar to burnt toast or smoke. In either scenario, it means something has gone wrong and it could get much worse rather quickly if you don’t address it right away.

What Does A Smelly Electrical Panel Mean?

A melting or burning scent coming from the electrical panel is a very serious issue. It could mean there is a bad circuit (one that has failed and no longer works) or it could mean that a wire is not connected properly. Either scenario can lead to an electrical fire which can quickly spread to other areas of your house. If you notice a strange smell coming from the panel, turn off and unplug all electrical equipment and immediately call an electrician. It’s also a good idea to turn off the main power supply to your home by switching the service switch to the “off” position.

Irregular smells coming from the electrical panel are nothing to joke about. Luckily, the expert electricians at Lon Lockwood Electric are here to keep you and your family safe. Call us today at (585) 766-4702