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Everything You Need To Know About Your Electrical Panel

What Do Our Electrical Panels Do?

Electrical panels, which may be referred to as a service panel, fuse box, fuse panel, or circuit breaker, are the source of all of our homes’ power. They connect the wires on the street to our homes’ electrical system. The electrical panel can provide 200 or more amps of power, and it splits that power into separate circuits throughout the house, making it one of the most important features of our homes!

Electrical fuse box

What is Inside Electrical Panels?

It is important to be able to recognize all of the components of our electrical panels:

  • Outer panel door
  • Protective cover
  • Circuit breakers
  • Open spaces for circuit breakers
  • Wires that run from the circuit breakers to the house

Keep in mind that when the circuit breaker is closed, or when the outer door alone is open, it is generally safe to touch. However, when the protective cover is removed, it can be dangerous to work on yourself.

If you think there may be a problem with your panel, it is important to call a licensed professional from Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, and Air to avoid any accidents such as electrocution.


Where Can You Find Your Electrical Panel?

To keep your home safe, panels are generally located away from main living areas:

  • the garage
  • basement
  • the pantry in the kitchen
  • a closet

However, on some older homes, the electrical panel may be located on an outside wall of the home.


Is It a Good Idea to Repair Our Electrical Panels Ourselves?

Generally, the answer to this question is no. Reading online tutorials and watching instructional videos will never replace the training a qualified electrician receives. Not only could working on an electrical panel ourselves result in severe injury, but you could also severely damage the electrical system of our homes, and land ourselves with expensive and time-consuming repairs. If you ever suspect an issue with our electrical panels, be sure to Visit Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, and Air to have it done safely and correctly, the first time!

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