Service Circuits is your Electrical Panel Expert. Find Out Why 9,032 Homeowners in the Uncompahgre Valley Choose a Clean, Friendly, and Reliable Electrician Instead of “The Other Guys”.
We only use products that are contractor quality. For example, these include Square D, Leviton, and Pass & Seymour. If you are looking to replace or upgrade your electrical panel, we can give you several options. Keep in mind, when making upgrades or repairs to your homes wiring system, it’s important to understand your project thoroughly. Especially when making changes to your electrical panel.
Our electricians share every detail in a way that’s easy to understand. Then, you and your electrician can discuss your project and options to complete it. Schedule your service visit with us today get your thorough analysis of your home’s electrical panel. During your visit, your licensed electrician will go over the benefits of upgrading your electrical panel, and whether or not it’s even necessary.
Do you know what your electrical panel is for? It’s common knowledge that every home and business has one. And, we typically know where to find it, but may not understand the purpose it serves.
The electrical panel, is essentially the brain for your home or business’s wiring system. It manages electrical current levels so they don’t get too high or low. If your home or business’s electrical current levels fluctuate like this, it could be very hazardous. First of all, to the entire wiring system and any appliances or devices powered by it. The electrical panel also controls where the electricity travels. Specifically, using a series of separate circuits, each dedicated to its own circuit breaker, and traveling to different rooms or appliances.
As your local Montrose Electrician, Service Circuits can help you figure out which breaker goes to which circuit. And at the same time, testing circuits ensuring proper function of each one. Even if your electrical panel is not labeled properly, or at all. Despite the obvious reasons to label an electrical panel, this is pretty common in older homes. Surely over the years of living in your home you have run across a situation where you needed to shut a specific breaker. How many of those times did you look at the electrical panel label on the door? The label should list each breaker. Labeling an electrical panel properly is crucial. However, it needs to done by a licensed electrician who takes time making sure it’s done correctly.
Homeowners Want to Know About Their Electrical Panel
Now that you know what your electrical panel is for, and what it does, your preferred Montrose electrician at Service Circuits is here to help! Below are three tips to knowing your way around your electrical panel.
These are the “switches” that you see in the electrical panel once you have opened the door to the panel cover. Each circuit in your home has a designated breaker. When there is an electric overload on any circuit, the designated breaker is designed to trip. Never having a single breaker trip over a long lifespan in your home, can also be concerning, as it is hard to live somewhere that long and never have a minor issue that would cause a tripped circuit breaker. If your panel has had no known “issues” that you are aware of, it would still be worth your time to have us out to provide a thorough look into your panel and system to keep it running smoothly.
Have a licensed electrician out annually to check all connections, breakers temperatures, and verify wire sizes are on the right size of breakers. As well as reviewing conditions of the buss bar, inspecting for damage caused by heat, and perform a load calculation on your electrical panel. A load calculation compares the levels of electricity allowed safely by the size of your electrical panel to the level of power used by your home or business. Scheduling your service appointment now, can save you headaches in the long run. For instance, not doing so leads to expensive repairs that could have been prevented. Maintenance on your electrical panel and wiring system is a must.
If You Don’t Maintain Your Electrical Panel
Maintaining your electrical panel is just as detrimental as neglecting your furnace’s upkeep. Each year you have your furnace checked, filters changed, and properly maintained to run efficiently for the winter. A home’s electrical system has not been publicly voiced enough to become common knowledge of the need for proper yearly maintenance. That is why it is time you are aware and can pick a time of year that works best for you to have your electrical system checked out. Make it easy on yourself, call our trained electricians at Service Circuits today to take care of all of your electrical panel maintenance needs.
Differences of Breakers: Single and Double Pole:
The single pole breakers make up much of the breakers in your electrical panel, while the double pole breakers are assigned to large appliances or other potential electrical equipment in the home. Always take extra care and precaution if you are turning off your own circuit breaker for any reason. Do not ever take the panel cover off to reset circuit breakers, it is what ultimately protects you from having a potential arc flash happen if something were to malfunction. Many times when breakers are tripping due to having a dead short on the circuit, they may spark from the terminal when you try to reset them.
Doing so is dangerous for a homeowner to do themselves. We recommend scheduling a service visit for further evaluation. First and foremost, having peace of mind regarding the safety of your home is important. Service Circuits values your contentment just as much as you do. In fact, our highest priority is making sure every customer has the knowledge and peace of mind regarding their repair when we leave their home.
The next important component is the main breaker in your electrical panel.
This “switch” is for cases of emergency or necessity when you need to shut off power to your entire home. When looking for your main breaker, note that it is usually the biggest “switch” in your electrical panel, and it should be labeled “Main” or “Main Breaker”. Unsure of whether or not your home has a main breaker, or cannot find the main breaker in your electrical panel?
Another part of your electrical panel has closed slots on the panel cover. These slots are where designed in some cases for you to have the ability to add more circuits and breakers. For example, if you want to add electricity to a room where there wasn’t any previously, we can help you. Your licensed electrician from service circuits will add this circuit to your electrical panel utilizing an open slot available. Keep in mind that your electrical panel may look like there is room for additional breakers and circuits because there are “empty” slots. This can be misleading. Ultimately, it may already have maxed out the available power allowed by your main breaker. Or, the bus bar in your home’s electrical panel may be full as well.
Electrical Panel Breaker Replacement
All in all, before adding or replacing breakers, always call Service Circuits first. Our licensed electricians will come out and assess your electrical panel. Then they will discuss all of your wants and needs. Finally, we strongly encourage calling us out before any major renovations would take place. Including remodeling multiple rooms, adding an air conditioner, or dedicating a circuit to run an electronic device.. Plan ahead before purchasing that hot tub you have always wanted. Then, hire a licensed electrician to determine if your electrical panel is large enough to handle the extra power. Another note, do not add an AC unit without checking the available amperage at your panel. These can be costly and critical mistakes that can all be easily avoided. All in all, have your electrical panel checked out first, before making any upgrades.
Electrical Panel Maintenance is A Necessity
The life span of your electrical panel can sometimes be anywhere from 20-30 years, if it has been properly maintained and not been overloaded. If your home is older, and even sometimes newer, keep in mind that you may need to replace the panel at some point in time if it has been overloaded or not properly maintained. Are you aware or not if you have a Federal Pacific Electric Panel (FPE)? If not, read up on our section regarding Federal Pacific Electrical Panels to help you determine that, and read up on our safety article in regards to the do’s and don’ts of dealing with a FPE Panel.
Electrical panels can be a fire hazard in certain situations, and because of this, it’s important that you know the basics about the panel in your home or business. But, you should never attempt to change or adjust any of the components. Including, breakers, terminations, or wires in your electrical panel, yourself. Make sure you always call your residential, expert, licensed electricians at Service Circuits to a service visit.
Contact “Your Montrose Neighborhood Electrician” now to schedule your next service visit with a licensed electrician.
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