Electrical Distribution Systems
The main wires from the electric utility deliver power to your home through the meter. From the meter, power is then connected to your main electrical distribution panels. There are large circuit breakers on the main panel that turn the utility power on and off.
- Find your main panels and sub panels so you know where they are located in the home and label them.
- Open the panel door and see if the individual breakers are labeled.
- If there are any damaged areas, gaps or openings in the panel cover or around the breakers, have an electrician make repairs.
- I am not aware of any maintenance or repair procedures that are formally recommended by the manufacturers of circuit breakers.
- Every 3 years: Inspection of the distribution panels and subpanels. The breakers and panel assemblies are subject to corrosion and the adverse effects of heating/cooling, and the intrusion of insects and animals into the interior of the panel enclosures. Since these things could affect proper operation, it is advisable to have a licensed electrician inspect the interior of the panel and test the breakers and their wire connections occasionally. Wire connections should be torqued to manufacturers specified tightness.