An industrial electrical control panel plays an important role in your business. Unlike a regular electrical panel that supplies and controls the power for items such as lights and outlets, an industrial electrical control panel is responsible for providing power for things such as your overhead crane systems, conveyor systems, refrigeration systems, presses and other industrial applications that are vital to the operation of your business. Eventually, the panel will need to be replaced.
However, the lifespan of the panel varies based on many different factors. As such, it is important to know what the signs are that the panel is nearing the end of its lifespan so you can have it replaced promptly. Here are a few of the signs that you should replace your industrial electrical control panel.
The Components Are Wearing
One of the signs that indicate that your electrical control panel may need to be replaced is components that are wearing or damage. If the components that make up the panel are beginning to show signs of obvious wear, corrosion, rust or damage, it is time to replace your panel. Likewise, if the wiring is beginning to fray or wear, the wiring or the panel may also need to be replaced.
The Unit is Displaying Performance Problems
Before an industrial electrical control panel dies, it often gives many signs that it is struggling to work properly. It may give off a burning scent, it may overheat, it may make strange noises, or the circuits may begin popping often. If your unit seems to be doing strange things, odds are, it is nearing the end of its lifespan and will likely need to be replaced.
The Panel Doesn't Get the Air It Needs
The last sign that your industrial electrical control panel needs to be replaced is that the panel doesn't get the air it needs. An industrial electrical panel should be positioned in a place where it gets a steady flow of clean air. But, in some cases, the design or layout of your building may change. When this occurs, you may have people cutting wood or welding metal near the electrical panel.
This can cause the air flowing near the unit to be dirty and may also interrupt the amount of air the unit gets. Ultimately, this can lead to overheating and productivity problems. If you change the layout of your building, you may need to replace the industrial electrical panel to relocate it to an area that is better suited to house the unit.
An industrial electrical control panel is not something the average person should attempt to repair or replace on their own. If your panel is showing any of these signs, you will want to call in a professional industrial electrical professional to assess the panel, make any needed repairs or replace the entire panel.