What to know about Electrical Panels 

Thinking of electrical panel upgrades? If you are, good for you, you’re striding in with the contemporary thinkers. Before we get to the updating here are somethings you should know about electrical panels. If you’re not into the panel upgrades it’s fine because what you’re about to learn here is important whether you want an upgrade or not. 

Electrical Panels

Let us start from the obvious question. What is an electrical panel? Simply to say electrical panels is just the place where you can find all the breaker switches. That’s basically it, a box filled with switches that you can turn on and off for a specific part of your house like the kitchen or the hallways lights. You should label them so you won’t have to guess every time you need to turn off the current in a part of your house.  

There is also a main circuit breaker, this one control the entire power of the house and if you turn this off then it turns the entire power of the house off in one go. It tells you of the amperage of the electrical panel.   

If you don’t have this on and off switch you have a fuse. A fuse is a screw in and it is most common in old houses. If you need to get a fuse fix it might not be covered by your insurance and you might need to pay a higher rate.   

How does the Electrical Panel Work?  

The circuit breaker is designed to trip (break the loop) when it is overloaded. This does not mean it’s broken it means that your safety device is working well. If it does not trip you may have a problem. The breaker can only carry a certain amount of current and if it carries too much the wires will overheat and catch fire. If it does trip you can just reset it and you’re good to go, for fuses however you’ll need to replace it once it blows.   

If something goes wrong you should always stay calm and do the following to make sure you aren’t making any more damage than it already has or will.   

  • Turn off the power to the item that trip the breaker. 
  •  Locate your electrical panel box. Either in the basement or by the front door if you’re living in an apartment.  
  • Find the tripped breaker. If you don’t know how it looks; the lever of the tripped breaker will be in the middle of the on and off position. 
  • All you need to do to reset it is put the lever all the way to the off position then turn it back to the on position. Then that’s it good to go.  

With these four steps you may be able to use the electrical devices again. Just don’t use them all at the same time because it might cause another trip. There are also other reasons as to why a circuit breaker trips it could be because of a short circuit and or a ground fault.  

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