Electrical Panels – Their Purpose and Function for Your Home
In different electrical circuits in the system of your home is an electrical panel that controls these circuits. When your home is experiencing insufficient power, then it could be that your panel is more than 20 years old and that it is time for your to upgrade your service panel.
You will know that your home has an electrical panel because you would sometimes flip its breaker switches when you have electrical issues. If you know what your panel can do and the basics of your electrical circuitry inside your home, you will have savings in terms of time and money if you would happen to have a loss of an appliance or in the total place of your home. 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 totality, the panel will do the distribution of power to the various circuits in your house. A single breaker switch that is flipped will turn off the power of an area without affecting other areas of the house. Inside the electrical panel, there is an array of on/off switches, and it is better that you label each either near the switch of inside the door, then add which circuit it controls.
When there is a stoppage of electrical service, like lights going out or your hair blower won’t function, then these are the signal that there is a fuse that has blown off. Whenever there is a blown fuse or tripped breaker, the circuits would shut down so that safety is observed during power overload or short circuit. Sparks and electrical fires could happen when there is overheating, and so the circuit will shut down. There are times that the solution of the problem can be done by plug configuration to evenly distribute the electricity supply, and by flipping the circuit breaker switch or by replacing the fuse. 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.
Note that in older homes, the electrical panels were not designed to handle the electricity needs of the modern appliances and equipment. 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Be warned that an outdated, overstressed electrical panel is both an inconvenience and dangerous so do not wait to bring in an electrician to tell you to upgrade your electrical panel.