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What's Inside Your Home's Service Panel?

Your home's service panel is the place where the electricity entering the home is distributed throughout the home to switches, outlets, and appliances. The service panel is typically found in the garage or basement.

Fuses

If your home was built before 1965, it may still use fuses. In the past, fuses were commonly used in 30 and 60 amp service panels. Today, 100- to 200-amp service panels are needed in order to handle additional loads and properly protect the system from overloading.

When a fuse is blown, it must be unscrewed and thrown away. When replacing fuses in your service panel make sure that the new fuse matches the amperage rating of the circuit.

Never replace a fuse with one that has a larger amperage rating. This can cause electrical system damage and increase the risk of a fire.

Circuit Breakers

In newer homes the service panel will have circuit breakers. A circuit breaker that has “tripped” can simply be reset to reconnect power to the circuit. Its important to check the source of the tripped circuit before restting it. It is most commonly the result of too many appliances plugged into the same circuit. If the circuit trips a second time after resetting, it's probably time to have an additional circuit installed to handle the load.

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

AFCIs are newer devices that replace traditional circuit breakers in electric service panels. AFCIs provide additional protection against fire hazards known as arc faults. An arc fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Without AFCIs, arc faults may be hidden from plain view until it is too late.

Cleveland Electrical Services

Clover Electric is known for professionalism, performance and integrity. Make your home a safer and more pleasant place to live with electrical systems you can rely upon. Some of our services include:

  • Commercial Tenant Improvements
  • Code Compliance
  • Inspection Report Corrections

In And Around The Home

 
  • Electrical Service and Repair
  • Add New Outlets/Switches
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Bath Fan/Heat Light Combination
  • Heated Towel Bar
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Fixture Hanging
  • New Dryer Hook-Ups
  • New Spa/Pool Hook-Ups and Lighting
  • Data/Communications Setup
  • Cable Hook-Ups
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controllers
  • Programmable Lighting
  • Motion Sensor Lighting
  • Dimmer Switches
  • Exhaust Fans
  • G.F.C.I. Outlet Installations
  • Re-wiring
  • Service Upgrades
  • Old Panel Replacements
  • New Circuits
  • Dedicated Computer Circuits
  • House Grounding
  • Whole House Surge Protection
  • Transformers
  • 220V-240V Upgrades
  • Whole House Back Up Generators
  • Breakers & Fuses
  • Meter Boxes
  • Panel Repairs and Upgrades
  • Equipment Installations
  • Security Lighting
  • Dawn to Dusk Lighting
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Heat Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Surge Protectors
  • Low Voltage Lighting Systems
  • Motorized Shades
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Yard Lighting
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