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How To Install A New Breaker Box


Are you a homeowner in the Cranston, Providence area of Rhode Island? Are you in need of a reliable and experienced electrician to install a new breaker box in your home? Look no further than B&K Electric, a family-owned and operated electrical business with over seventeen years of experience in serving the community. Our team specializes in electrical repair, panel maintenance, and installation, making us the go-to choice for all your residential and business electrical needs in the Warwick and greater Providence area.

Where technology and appliances are a staple in every household, having a functional and safe electrical system is crucial. A breaker box, also known as an electrical panel, is the heart of your home’s electrical system. It controls and distributes electricity throughout your home, ensuring the appliances and devices you rely on every day can function efficiently. If you’re planning on upgrading your electrical system or experiencing frequent power surges and electrical issues, it may be time to install a new breaker box. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps of installing a new breaker box, ensuring your home is safe and your electricity needs are met.

Step 1: Assess Your Electrical Needs

Before jumping into the installation process, it’s crucial to assess your electrical needs. Do you have enough outlets and circuits to power all your appliances and devices? Are you planning on adding new appliances that may require more electricity? Consult with an experienced electrician from B&K to help you determine the type and size of breaker box you’ll need based on your current and future electrical needs.

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Materials

Once you know what type of breaker box you need, it’s time to gather the necessary materials. You’ll need a new breaker box, circuit breakers, wire connectors, a screwdriver, wire strippers, a voltage tester, and wires of appropriate size and gauge. It’s essential to use high-quality materials to ensure the safety and functionality of your electrical system. Speak to your electrician about the best brands and materials to use for your specific needs.

Step 3: Turn Off the Power

Before beginning the installation process, it’s vital to turn off the power to your home. Locate your main electrical panel, which is usually located in the garage, basement, or storage room. Switch off the main circuit breaker to cut off electricity to the entire house.

Step 4: Remove Old Breaker Box

With the power turned off, you can safely remove the old breaker box. Make sure to wear protective gloves and eyewear and use a voltage tester to ensure there is no electrical current running through the wires before disconnecting them. Loosen the wires connected to the old breakers and unscrew them from the panel. Then, remove the old panel and set it aside.

Step 5: Install the New Breaker Box

Place the new breaker box in the same location as the old one and secure it to the wall. Attach the wires to the corresponding terminals on the new panel, following the markings or labels on the panel. Use wire connectors to secure the wires in place. Then, connect the ground wire (usually a bare copper wire) to the ground bus bar. Keep in mind the location of each connection to avoid any confusion when installing the breakers.

Step 6: Install the Breakers

Install the circuit breakers in their designated slots, making sure to use the correct size and type for each circuit. The breakers should be snug but not too tight. Connect the wires to the breakers and tighten the screws firmly. Then, insert the breakers into the panel and secure them in place.

Step 7: Test and Turn On the Power

Once the breakers are installed, it’s time to test the panel and turn on the power. Using a voltage tester, check that the power is off at the main breaker. If it’s off, you can switch the main breaker back on and restore the power to your home. Test each circuit to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Installing a new breaker box may seem like a daunting task, but with the right materials and an experienced electrician from B&K Electric, the process can be smooth and stress-free. Regular maintenance and repair of your electrical panel are crucial to ensure the safety and functionality of your home. If you’re in need of a licensed and reliable electrician, contact B&K Electric today for all your electrical needs in the Cranston, Warwick, and greater Providence area.


Electrical Repair,

Panel Maintenance,

Breaker Box Installation