MILESTONE - PANELS
WHAT IS A PANEL?
The panel has several different aliases: breaker box, electric box, electric board, breaker board, service 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 controls the electricity coming from the utility company into your home. More specifically, the breakers that are attached to each circuit regulate the amount of electricity or AMPS. If a problem arises like an overloaded circuit, the breaker will trip, this 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 state of your panel, Give us a call today and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
Sometimes repairs need to be made right away, sometimes they can wait a while, and other times it may just be a future project to think about. Our electricians are trained to look over your home and educate you about the safety of your home’s electrical system. Sometimes a home may need a lot of electrical work, other times it may be in excellent condition. Our friendly electricians take it upon themselves to make sure that you know the condition of your home’s electrical system.
All this may sound like a lot of work… and it is! But, it’s something we do for you – for FREE! We like to maintain our earned title as the trusted and highly recommended Dallas electrician, and you can count on us to provide over and above service!
YOUR PANEL MAY NEED REPLACING IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:
- It’s older than 15 years – if you’re unsure of the panel’s age, it’s usually the same age of your home.
- There is corrosion visible anywhere on the panel or panel cover.
- Several different brands of breakers are installed – look for different colors or manufacturer labels.
- Rusting has occurred or is visible anywher in the panel.
If your panel is manufactured by Federal Pacific (FPE) or Zinsco, it may need to be replaced immediately. Click the links for more information.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHAT BRAND OF PANEL I HAVE?
- Look on the panel cover
- Look on one of the breakers
- Look inside the panel door
- Look on the (UL) tag
Please be careful around any electrical panel! Do not attempt to take the cover off for any reason without a licensed electrician present!
If you have any other questions regarding your panel or how to use it, please contact us, we love to answer questions!