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Electrical Service Panels & Breakers – How They Work

Electrical service panels and breakers regulate the supply of electricity to your home or business. Having them inspected and maintained on a regular basis is important, as they can become corroded over time.

How Electrical Service Panels Work

An electrical service panel distributes electricity throughout your home or business. It is usually a metal or plastic cabinet that is fastened to a wall. Inside the service panel, there are a variety of hot and neutral bus bars that conduct electrical currents while dispersing heat. There is also an assortment of fuses, circuit breakers, and overcurrent devices. Power supplied by your utility company runs through a meter at the service entrance of the panel. It is then distributed through a variety of service breakers to power various lights, outlets, and appliances in your home or business.

Appliances that have a motor, such as washing machines, microwave ovens, and air conditioners, usually require a single circuit for power. This is also true for appliances that use heating coils, such as toaster ovens, electric ranges, blow dryers, clothes irons, and electric clothes dryers.

It is important to have your panel inspected and maintained on a regular basis to ensure the sealing at the service entrance is intact. This can help prevent damage to the breakers and connections inside the panel. Service panels can be damaged by:

  • Corrosion
  • Rust
  • Moisture

What You Need to Know About Circuit Breakers

The main circuit breaker is larger than branch circuit breakers, and handles the large amperage loads that are coming through the main service entrance. It distributes the power across the branch circuit breakers, which send electricity through your home or business to power your lights and appliances. If there is a problem, the main circuit breaker can be shut off, which will cut the power for the entire system. The circuit breakers regulate the amount of power coming through your building, and help keep you safe from dangerous situations.

Count on Knee's Electrical Service

At Knee’s Electrical Service, we have the experience to handle electrical issues in a safe and effective manner. We will work quickly to install, repair, and maintain electrical service panels for your home or business. Our team is dedicated to your satisfaction. We will answer your questions and work quickly to provide a cost-effective solution.

Call Knee’s Electrical Service at (765) 201-7220 today or contact us online for a circuit breaker service in Marion.