How Electrical Panels Work

How Electrical Panels Work

October 05, 2020

You may have seen the gray metal box positioned on the wall of your basement or garage but are not exactly sure what it is or how it works. Understanding the function of the electrical panel is important for property owners who want to properly maintain their circuits long term. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we enjoy helping our clients find ways to improve the safety and efficiency of their electrical system and we would like to help you do the same. Here is some more information about how electrical panels work, and what you can do if your unit stops working properly. 

What Is an Electrical Panel? 

The electrical panel receives the main electrical load as it enters your home and disperses it safely throughout the various circuits. This provides just the right amount of energy to power your appliances, electrical outlets and light fixtures, without the need to worry about overloading your system. The electrical panel also provides a fast and effective way for the property owner to shut off all the electricity except the incoming power from your utility company. This task is essential for anyone who needs to perform an electrical installation, repair or replacement. It is also important for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the components of the electrical panel so they can restore power to circuits following a blackout or power surge. 

A Glimpse Inside Your Service Panel

Inside your electrical panel you will find several switches, which are all assigned to a specific circuit inside your property. For instance, one circuit may control the power flowing to your kitchen, while another takes care of the electrical needs in the master bedroom. These switches should be labelled for fast identification. Each one of the neutral circuits is connected to a neutral bar inside the panel. These also connect to the main circuit neutral wire where the electrical current is sent safely back to the utility’s transformers. 

What to Do If You Run into Issues with Your Breaker Box 

If you find yourself running to the electrical panel every time someone in the family uses a hairdryer or toaster oven, then you may have an underlying issue with your breaker box. It is vital that the situation is addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid electrical fires, personal injury or damage to expensive electronics or appliances. A professional electrician will have the experience, training and specialized equipment needed to inspect, diagnose and repair any wiring or electrical problem, so you can safely resume your normal daily activities. 

Do You Need an Electrical Panel Installation, Repair or Replacement? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas 

Are you struggling with an outdated, faulty or dysfunctional electrical panel? Does your home or historic property still use old-fashioned fuses? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas today. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are ready to come to the rescue. Contact our office for more details or to schedule an appointment with an experienced electrician in Dallas, North Dallas, Highland Park, Lake Highlands, Inwood, Farmers Branch, University Park, Coppell, Irving, Addison, Carrollton, Richardson or a nearby North Texas area neighborhood.