Electrical Panels – Their Purpose and Function for Your Home
You may or may not be aware that your home is equipped with an electrical panel and know that this is what will control the various system of the electrical circuits in your home. Some panels may be more than 20 years old, and sometimes your home experiences power shortage that will signal service upgrade.
You will know that your home has an electrical panel because you would sometimes flip its breaker switches when you have electrical issues. It is good to realize that you will save time and money if you know the basics of your home’s electrical circuitry every time there is a power shortage in your place. You will be able to decide whether to do it yourself in the repair of your electrical concerns or hire a professional electrician to solve the problem, if you have some electrical knowledge in the first place.
In short, the distribution of power to the various circuits in a house is made through the panel. And so, with the flipping of a single breaker, the switch will turn off the power of only one area only like the bedroom. When you open your electrical panel, an group of on/off switches can be seen, and it is advisable that you label them inside the door or next to the switch with identification on which circuit it controls.
You will know that there is a fuse that has blown off when there is a stoppage of electrical functions like the lights have turned off, or your hair blower won’t function. Depending on which electrical panel you have in your house, circuits would immediately shut down to make sure safety is observed as you experience a power overload or short circuit. The shutting down by the circuit will help avoid overheating which could lead to sparks and electrical fires. Sometimes you can solve the problem by either flipping the circuit breaker switch or replace the fuse, or by changing the configuration of your plug to have an even distribution of electricity. However, if overloading of power is not the problem, it is high time to call your electrician to let him do the evaluation for possible electrical issues.
Be aware that the electrical panels of the past cannot simply handle modern electrical needs because of its design. And so if your home belongs to the old generation with less than 200 amps of available electricity, with today’s modern appliances and gadgets, you are to upgrade with a new electrical service panel.
Be warned that an outdated, overstressed electrical panel is both an inconvenience and dangerous so do not wait to bring in an electrician to tell you to upgrade your electrical panel.