Electrical Service Panels
Electric Service Panels sometimes fail and for a few good reasons. The most common electric panel failure is overloading. Overloading an electric service panel is easy to do if the nuances are not understood. The concept is a garden hose that has water in it. Imagine that water could be going through the hose so fast that heat is the result of friction. Then imagine pushing more and more water through the hose faster and faster until the hose just melts. It’s just like that with electric service panels. The electricity is like the water and the capacity of it to push electricity to the rest of the building is limited by the size of the wire (hose) and the circuit breaker (valve). When too many circuits are added to a line the demand keeps going up until the wire fails. To keep the wire from failing, the circuit breaker is designed to be weaker than the wire. The breaker is designed to ‘trip’ and cut off the flow of electricity when too much is going through the wires.
The Bigger Breaker
The unschooled person will just put in a bigger breaker. The bigger breaker now is stronger than the wire, and now the breaker won’t trip and the wire melts because of the heat. Electric Service Panels are designed with electrical loads in mind. Wire is strung throughout a structure with electrical loads in mind, and exactly correct circuit breakers must be installed to protect the circuit. The funny thing is, almost every electric service panel is designed differently because of the layout of the building. For example a long narrow house with the kitchen far away from the electrical panel will likely have a different make up than a small two story house with the kitchen right next to the electric panel.
In short, electricians must pass stringent tests to know proper codes, and most municipalities have stringent code enforcement with electrical inspectors to proof any major project.
If you are a homeowner or business owner within a 20 mile radius of Redondo Beach and are looking for the best electrical contractor in the South Bay, then call Penna Electric.
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Hawthorne, CA 90250
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