Recent Guest Post · September 15, 2019

Different Types of Electric Panels

An electric panel is an enclosed steel or metal box that allows access to all circuit breakers and fuses in a building. While everyone is familiar with these panels and their locations in homes or offices, learning more about how they work can help one prepare for emergency situations involving a building’s electrical system.

How electric panels work

Basically, an electric panel receives or accepts the main power and transmits electric current to various circuits, supplying electricity to every room in a building. Additionally, circuit breakers inside these panels provide for fire safety by shutting off the power supply when wires are tripped. 

Main breaker panel

A commonly used electric panel in commercial and residential properties, it houses the main breaker which controls the amount of electricity that enters the building. The panel also provides protection to the circuit and keeps track of the breaker panel’s amperage capacity. When appliance and wiring issues occur, the panel prevents the circuit from overheating.

Fuse boxes

A fuse box regulates the electric flow in a building and prevents circuit overload. This type of electrical panel is typically found in traditional or old houses built in the 1960s and may require an update or replacement.

The common cause of a blown fuse is a power outage in some areas of your home or commercial building. In such a situation, you have to unplug and replace the blown fuse right away.

Main lug panels

This type of electric panel doesn’t feature the main breaker. Instead, they use lugs and line wires run into them. With this panel, there is a separate disconnect that can be utilized from the outside. Thus, in case of fire or other emergencies, it is possible to shut off the power without the need to go inside. 

Sub panels

For buildings where multiple circuits need to be in the same area, sub panels would be an ideal option. These panels don’t have their own disconnect. They get their power from a circuit in the main panel. 

Quality panel maintenance through access panels

Installing an access door offers multiple benefits to your building’s electrical system. At times when electric panels need to be inspected or repaired, these doors can provide service personnel fast, easy and convenient access to the components. Access panels facilitate regular component maintenance, thus, avoiding costly electrical issues later on. 

Fire rated and drywall access doors can provide extra protection to electrical fixtures in both commercial or residential properties. A wide array of sizes, designs, and materials are also available for different installation requirements. 

Why consult a professional

Whether installing a new electric panel or updating an old one, it would save you a lot of trouble if you work closely with a licensed electrician. Incorrect panel selection and poor-quality installation can pose high safety risks in your entire property. To prioritize safety in your home or commercial building, invest in a professional electric panel service.