Electrical Panels: A How-To Guide

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Electrical Panels

It’s safe to say that most people find electrical panels intimidating, and this is understandable. The average, everyday person doesn’t know how to tinker with electrical panels because the only time people really think about them is when there is a power outage or some sort of random electrical problem. Mister Sparky recognizes this feeling of intimidation most people share towards electrical panels, which is why we’ve put together an electrical panel how-to guide on today’s blog. Two of Mister Sparky’s main priorities are educating our customers and keeping them safe! So let’s get to it.

1. How to find electrical panels in the home

If you know very little about electrical panels, you should at least know where to locate them in case you need to reset a breaker or direct a Mister Sparky electrician to them. Normally, panels are located in laundry rooms, basements, closets, utility rooms or garages, but there are always exceptions. Sometimes the electrical panel is located outdoors.

 

2. How to label electrical panel switches

Make sure you label your panel switches if the previous homeowner has not already done so. Having correctly labeled panel switches is just a matter of convenience. There is nothing more frustrating than not knowing which switches control certain areas of the home. To keep this from happening, take note of the following steps.

First, turn off all the circuits, but one. Then take a stroll through your home to look for working lights, appliances or outlets. Once you get an idea of what’s working and what’s not in certain rooms, go back to the panel to label the switch. Repeat until all the switches are labeled and you’re finished!

3. How to reset a circuit breaker that’s been tripped

A circuit breaker trips when there is more electricity flowing through it than can be handled, but the good news is you can reset it. All you have to do is open the panel and look for the circuit sticking out of line compared to the rest of them. Then flip the breaker to the off position and then back on again. At this point, the power coming from this circuit should be back. In the event that a particular circuit consistently trips, there may be too many appliances utilizing the circuit, so either distribute those appliances more evenly or get an electrical panel upgrade.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Mister Sparky NWA Company Culture

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Find out why Mister Sparky NWA electricians love working here, and why we love working for you! Take a peek at the culture here at Mister Sparky NWA.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Electrician Careers

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for electrician careers is expected to continue growing at a healthy rate. Look at the electrical career statistics and then check out the careers page for the most current NWA electrician careers.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Holiday Light Safety

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Christmas is almost here, have you put up your lights and decorations yet?! With the winter weather and additional load on your home’s electrical structure, here are some tips for holiday light safety to keep your holidays merry and bright!

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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Home Generator Installation

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Is a Home Generator Right For You?

Making this big purchase can come with a lot of questions, so Mister Sparky put together a list to help you make a decision about your purchase, and your home generator installation.

1) Know your surroundings

Do you have neighbors that are relatively close? Will you be installing a home generator on the same side of the house as your bedroom or main living area? If so, then be sure to look for the quietest unit possible. The decibel or loudness rating of each generator is readily available usually. You can find extremely quiet units that are as quiet or quieter than a typical outdoor heat pump.

2) Do you want the generator for whole house or most of the essentials?

Remember as the size of the generator gets larger, the bigger of an investment will be required. However, some must haves that can be powered via generator include a heat or cooling source (lots of ways to accomplish this depending on what type of heat you have), water (well and or electric hot water tank), refrigerator, freezer, septic system, cooking source (microwave and or small burner plate works great and can save you from a larger generator), communications (like phone, modem and routers), lights and receptacles to get you ready in the morning. And of course the coffee pot!

3) A professional should perform your home generator installation

You could purchase the best system in the world, however the most important day in the life of your new whole house generator system is the day it’s installed. Make certain the installer is licensed and bonded, and make sure they have done lots of these installations. Then, ask to see other projects they’ve done or if you can call the past 2-3 customers they installed generators for like yours, do so.

Some of the things you should be finding out include whether they seem thorough and intelligent about the product and if they are able to offer solutions to problem area. Ask if they take down calculations for the gas appliances and make sure your gas meter or propane tank will accommodate the new home generator system. If they are not asking these things, find a different installer. Making sure your new generator will work with your existing natural gas or propane system is possibly the most important solution electricians should be able to answer and solve.

4) Compare warranties and guarantees on generator AND installation

After the installation is done, can your home generator electrician support you if there is a problem? What assurances do they give you? Do they just want to install it and then not service it? If so, I would stay away from that installer and go with one that will take care of you and support you through the life of your system.

5) Make sure you have whole house surge protection installed

Make sure you have whole house surge protection installed not only on your home electrical panels but on the emergency back up generator panel that is controlled by the generator as well. While home generators today deliver very stable and reliable power quality, you never want to take a chance with all your homes electronics on the system. It’s a fairly inexpensive item that provides a very large amount of protection. They also have their own warranty that will give you lots of peace of mind as well.

 

Mister Sparky Electrician NWA, America’s On-Time Electrician in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville services the Northwest Arkansas area with a team of licensed electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, electrical wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections.

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