The Main Panel Of Your Home’s Electrical System

The main panel of your home electrical system can be a mystery to anybody except for a trained electrician, however it is actually fairly simple but you know what to look for.

The purpose of the main panel is to provide a termination Point for the incoming mains connection from the street, and to provide a safe fusing Point for the electrical circuits in the house, a metering Point for the power that is used, and a distribution Point for all the house wiring. The main panel is generally located in and out of the way place, either in a garage or in a hallway.

Older panels may have meters that  need to be physically read, but newer panels will have meters that can be read remotely, generally using mobile phone technology. Yeah maybe 2 or even 3 meters on the panel depending on the services that the customer is buying off power company.

Typically there is a separate meter for general power usage and another metre for the water heater and other power usage,  and there may even be a cable that will switch off of on the water heater, but this will only be an old installations. Remote water heating switches almost all using wireless mobile technology today.

The mains cable from the street will be connected to the meter, and from there will feed a number of fuses, one for each separate power circuit in the house. The power cables will run from each fuse up through the ceiling and across the ceiling to each room, and then vertically down through the wall to the light switches and power switches. When looking for electricians Dunedin is definitely the best place to look.

The main panel is generally set high on the wall to discourage  access by children, and household is generally only need to access the main panel in order to reset a blowing fuse or circuit breaker.

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