Electric panel primer Saint John NB
Saint John, NB
Electric panel primer
(NC)-After moving into a new home, one of the most daunting things homeowners see is the electric panel. Some simple safety and usage tips can help make this area less of a mystery.
Safety considerations begin even before officially buying your home. Prior to closing, get a professional home inspector to check if circuit breakers and fuses are compatible with the connected wire. Also, check that only one wire is connected to an individual circuit breaker or fuse. Overloading can be a hazard and an issue down the road.
Electric panels are often located in basements or in laundry rooms. Before handling the panel, look around for water puddles or moisture. If there is a leak near the panel, do not approach it. Consult the appropriate professionals to repair the leak immediately and check the panel.
What's behind that door?
The main panel is the connection point between the incoming service lines and the house wiring. Typically, it contains a service disconnect (the main shut-off), overload protection (circuit breakers or fuses), and of course, the wires themselves. In modern setups, you usually only see the breaker and main shut-off switches. The rest is hidden behind the panel.
Everything should be clearly labeled so that a particular circuit can be located in an emergency or for servicing. A main shut off might not be required in your area, but for safety reasons it's strongly suggested that you have one installed if you don't have one already.
Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at www.housemaster.com.