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Why is Electrical Panel Labeling Important?
Sep 25, 2022

Why is Electrical Panel Labeling Important?

The electrical panel is an important item in your home. It consists of circuit panels that control different areas inside your home and distribute electricity to them. It can be hard to pinpoint which circuit controls each area, so it’s recommended to have labels set on the panel. If your electrical panel doesn’t have labels, you should call a knowledgeable electrician and ask for assistance. We’ll now go over the importance of labeling your electrical panel and how you can label it yourself at home as well.

Why Labels Are Important

  • Emergencies – Every fixture or appliance in your house is connected to a fuse/circuit which ensures safety and prevents dangers like fires. In case you do come across an emergency such as a fire or flood, you’ll need to immediately switch off the power from your electrical panel. If the problem is connected to a specific outlet, finding the correct outlet to switch off will be easier when you have labels on the panel. It also saves a lot of time during the panic and rush at the time of the emergency.
  • Electric Work – Although it’s always better to call an electrician, some people like to take on the easy work themselves. Labeling your electrical panel makes your work more organized and decreases the risk of mistakes happening. Forgetting which breaker connects to the outlet you want to cut power from can be a frustrating setback during the repair process.
  • Overloaded Circuits – Another reason for labeling your circuits is to check for overloaded circuits. If you witness your fuse blowing or a breaker tripping when you’ve had more than one fixture operating at once, this can mean you’ve got overloaded circuits. Labels on your electrical panel can help you identify which fixtures cause overload when you’re testing them out. If your fuses are constantly blowing, it may be time for an electric panel replacement.
  • Electrical Additions – One more advantage is knowing the number of things you have connected to each circuit. At the point when you finish any redesigns and require extra electrical items, your project worker should realize which circuits have space on them to add to. By labeling your panel you are saving them time and setting aside your cash by not paying them to do the labeling for you.

Do It Yourself

The labeling process requires two people and can take up to several hours. The first step will be to locate your electrical panel. Most panels are placed in the basement, inside the garage, or somewhere near the front of the house.

Position one person next to the electrical panel and the other in a room. Have one person mark down which room you’re in and which circuit corresponds to that room. The person inside the room should now be turning on all lights and fixtures, plugging in a lamp or something similar, and recognizing which switch turns on each fixture. The person managing the electrical panel should be labeling each breaker with a number if it isn’t already labeled. Next, they’ll start switching off each breaker and waiting for a signal from the other person. The person in the room should pay attention to anything turning on and off, caused by the breakers, and inform the person next to the panel if anything happens.

When something turns off, the person recording the data should write down which circuit turned off a certain fixture, and the exact location of the fixture that was turned off. Continue recording this for every room in the house.

Contact Us

If you need an electric panel replacement and are looking for trustable workers, contact HomeOps Electric. We’ll be very attentive and work on our tasks with great care. Let us know if you’re having any electrical troubles so we can check it out.

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