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The electrical panel is an essential safety device. It controls all of the electricity going into your home. Each area of your home relies on electricity for different appliances and usages. The electrical panel navigates all of this, sending electricity where you need it and protecting your home from disastrous malfunctions.
And speaking of dangerous malfunctions, many electrical panels have been redacted due to safety concerns. For example, if you currently have a Federal Pacific Electric Panel (FPE) or a Zinsco Panel, you should have a qualified electrician inspect and replace these panels as soon as possible. Unfortunately, these panels are notorious for failing to provide proper protection.
No matter which kind of electrical panel you have, whether it is a circuit breaker box or fuse box, it’s important to have a professional electrician inspect it every year. In addition to inspecting your service panel, your McCormick Electrical Services Inc. electrician will also test all of the GFCIs, AFCIs, and outlets in your home. We won’t leave until we’re sure your electrical system is safe for you and your family.
Electrical Panel Installation & Upgrades
Electrical panels are a vital part of your home because they power your entire system. However, installing one is a complex job that should only be performed by a professional who understands safety codes and requirements. It’s also important that you have an up-to-date electrical panel that can handle the amount of electricity your home uses.
We recommend upgrading your electrical panel when:
- Your current one is outdated
- You need to add new circuits and don’t have space for them
- Your current panel is rusted or there is moisture in it causing short circuits
- You are installing new appliances
- You frequently need an electrician to repair wiring issues
What Are the Different Types of Electrical Panels?
Electrical panels break up power into sub-circuits, It plays an important role in protecting you against accidents like short circuits. There are 4 different types of electrical panels: main breaker panels, fuse boxes, main lug panels, and subpanels. Below are further explanations of each of panel type:
- Main Breaker Panel - This type of breaker panel is the most commonly used electrical panel. This panel can handle quite a few things. It can control the electricity that reaches each different room in your home, keep track of the amperage capacity and it can even be used to cut power to your home.
- Fuse Boxes - A fuse box is designed to help prevent circuit overloads. Fuse boxes often consist of small fuses that will fit into the electrical panel. These types of panels are often found in homes that were built before the 1970's. These types of fuse boxes don't provide a sufficient amount of current to the kitchen & bathroom appliances you own.
- Main Lug Panels - Main lug panels don't feature the main breaker. These types of panels will use lugs and line wires that are run to each lug. The main breaker has a separate disconnect at the meter. This is if a fire ever breaks out, the separated disconnect will allow you to cut power without having to enter the home.
- Subpanels - Subpanels are a type of electrical panel that get their energy from the main breaker panel. The energy is transferred to the subpanel through specific circuit. They allow homeowners to control the electrical consumption of specific homeowners.
How Do Electrical Panels & Circuit Breakers Work?
Electrical panels is a major player when understanding how your home operates. Due to this, it is important to know how it works. Power leaves the electrical panels on energized, or hot, wires. This power then works through the wire to the device or outlet it's feeding. The electrical power enters your home's electrical panel through the meter located outside of your home.
A circuit breaker is designed to protect you, your home, and your appliances in the event of a power surge. Functioning much like old fashioned fuse boxes, they disrupt the flow of electricity during a voltage spike. This helps avoid damage to expensive electronics, or worse, fires caused by damaged wiring. An interrupted circuit can be easily reset with the flip of a switch.
Service Panel Safety
Like most appliances and devices, a circuit breaker will lose its effectiveness and require more repair as it ages. The metal and wires can become damaged over time. Even if your electrical panel has worked without a hitch for years and years, everything has an expiration date.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half of all American homes were built prior to the 1970's. This means that the service panels in those properties weren’t made to accommodate modern high-use appliances. Many homes today will have several large televisions, multiple computers, stereo systems, microwaves, dryers, air conditioners, and more—all under one roof!
How to Know It’s Time for an Electrician
If you are experiencing any of these top three warning signs, call us right away:
- Even when no lights or appliances are on, the breakers continually trip
- The breaker is hot to the touch
- The breakers are loose or show signs of damage
With yearly maintenance by your local electrician at McCormick Electrical Services Inc., your electrical panel should work effectively for decades. When it comes to important safety devices in your home, this tops them all. So put your attention where it matters most, in the heart of it all, your home’s core—its electrical panel!
Why Did I Lose Power To Half My House?
Different rooms are connected to different circuits within your circuit breaker. If part of our house loses power it doesn't mean you have a serious problem with your electrical system. It could just be a circuit breaker problem, or your ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet is having issues. These types of outlets are found in your bathroom and kitchen.
Contact McCormick Electrical Services Inc. Today!
Whether you need to upgrade an old, outdated panel, or you’re adding new appliances and want to ensure your property’s safety, contact our reliable and friendly electricians. We’ll arrive on-time and fully prepared with the proper equipment. We’ve been assisting customers for over 20 years and look forward to using this experience to ensure your safety.
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