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.
When you have some electrical concerns, you would sometimes flip the breaker switches of your panel. 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. It is for this reason that if you flip a single breaker, the power of a certain area like kitchen only will be turned off without affecting the other areas of the house. It is recommended that you label rows of on/off switches of your electrical panel, at the same time show the circuit it controls.
Whenever there is a fuse that has blown off, there is a stoppage of service happening in your house, like a lights going out or your blow dry won’t function, and so on. 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. You can solve the problem by changing plug configuration to evenly distribute the electricity, or by flipping the circuit breaker or replacing the plug. 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. Generally, if the home or residence you are occupying is more than 20 years old, it means you have less than 20 amps to support the modern gadgets and appliances of today, so you have to install a new electrical service panel.
An electric panel update is your immediate solution, and do not wait for an electrician to tell you this, once you are experiencing electrical issues because you have already an outdated and overstressed electrical panel.