The electrical system in your home is similar to the nerves in the human body. Itâ€™s essential for the modern home to run properly. If thereâ€™s something wrong with your homeâ€™s electrical system, it will affect other aspects of the house. A worst case scenario can even prove deadly considering that there are 51,000 electricity-related fires per year. Thus, it is important to know as much as possible about your homeâ€™s electrical system so that you know what to do and who to call when you need help.
Knowing more about your homeâ€™s electrical system can help you to spot signs of trouble before they escalate, allowing you to address them before they become dangerous, time consuming, and costly. Take time to understand how much energy is being used, the type and age of wiring in your home, and whether or not you have grounded outlets. Know and understand a bit about your service panel as well.
The Service Panel
The service panel, which consists of fuses and circuit breakers, is the hub that acts as the point of distribution of energy to the other areas of the house.Â It sends 110, 220, or more amps of power to your home through all your outlets and switches.
If you plan on working on the service panel, do so with extreme caution and only address minor issues such as replacing fuses.Â One important note on this subject is to ensure that the replacement fuse matches the amperage rating on the circuit.
Do Your Research
If you plan on taking a do-it-yourself approach with minor projects, always do extensive research first.Â When in doubt, the best approach is to contact a licensed professional to do the job for you.Â As they say, itâ€™s better to be safe than sorry.
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