What is a panel?
The panel has several different aliases: panel board, breaker box, electric box, electric board, breaker board, and fuse box. All of which describe the same thing. We refer to it as the “panel”.
Your panel, depending on when your home was built, can be in a variety of different places. In newer homes it’s probably in your garage or outside, in older homes it may be in a closet or room. No matter where it is, we recommend that you keep the area easily accessible, with no less than 3ft of clearance around it. You should know where your panel is, and know how to operate it in case of an emergency.
The panel regulates the amount of power coming from the utility company into your home. More specifically, the breakers that are attached to each circuit regulate the amount of amperage that flows in a branch circuit. If a problem arises like an overloaded circuit, short circuit or ground fault the breaker will trip, preventing any electricity flowing into that circuit. Once the issue is resolved, the breaker may be turned back on the enable electricity to flow throughout the circuit again.
The panel is the heart of any electrical system. A good panel can prevent serious damage and protect against hazards. If you are unsure about the condition of your panel, please give us a call today and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
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