Electrical Sub Panel
As a homeowner, you understand the importance of a properly functioning electrical system in your home. It powers everything from your appliances to your lighting, making it an essential aspect of daily life. However, have you ever given thought to the heart of your electrical system – the electrical sub panel?
Located alongside your main electrical panel, the sub panel is a crucial component of your home’s electrical system. And while it may seem daunting to those who are not well-versed in electrical terminology, understanding the basics of a sub panel can help you make informed decisions about its installation, maintenance, and repair.
At B&K Electric, we understand that the well-being of your home and its electrical system is a top priority for you. As a family-owned and operated electrical business based in Warwick, RI, we have been proudly serving the residents of Cranston, Warwick, and all of Rhode Island for over seventeen years.
Our team of dedicated and licensed electricians specializes in electrical repair, electrical panel maintenance, and installation. Make us your go-to electrician for your home or business in the Warwick area and the greater Providence Area. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about electrical sub panels.
What is an Electrical Sub Panel and Why Do You Need One?
Simply put, an electrical sub panel, also known as a sub-breaker panel or a sub distribution panel, is a smaller version of the main electrical panel installed in your home. It receives power from your main panel and distributes it to specific areas or circuits within your house.
Sub panels are typically used when the main panel does not have enough space to accommodate additional circuits, or when the installation is too far from the main panel. In some cases, sub panels are also installed to accommodate larger appliances or to provide electricity to outbuildings such as garages or workshops.
Installing a Sub Panel in Your Home
Now that you understand what a sub panel is and why you need one, let’s take a look at the installation process. Before you decide to install a sub panel, it is important to consult a licensed electrician for an assessment of whether your home requires it.
The first step in the installation process is to determine the appropriate location for your sub panel. It should be installed in a dry, well-ventilated area, free from any obstructions. It should also be easily accessible in case of maintenance or repairs.
Next, the electrician will assess your electrical needs and determine the size and amperage of the sub panel. This will depend on factors such as the size of your home, the number of appliances and circuits, and any future needs that may arise. It is important to ensure that you have selected the correct size and amperage to avoid potential electrical hazards.
The installation process will then involve installing the sub panel in the designated location, wiring it to the main panel, and connecting the designated circuits to the sub panel. It is crucial to hire a licensed electrician for this process to ensure that all electrical regulations and safety measures are met.
Maintaining and Repairing Your Sub Panel
Like any other electrical component, sub panels require regular maintenance to ensure that they continue to function properly and safely. It is recommended to have your sub panel inspected by a licensed electrician every two to three years, or whenever you experience any electrical issues.
Maintenance may include tightening any loose connections, checking for corrosion or damage, and ensuring that all circuits are working correctly. It is also important to keep the area around the sub panel clean and free from any obstructions.
In the event that your sub panel requires repair, it is crucial to hire a licensed electrician to handle the issue. Attempting to repair the panel yourself may not only cause further damage but can also be extremely dangerous.
Choose B&K Electric for all Your Electrical Needs
At B&K Electric, we take pride in providing top-notch electrical services to our community. Our team of licensed electricians is equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle any sub panel installation, maintenance, or repair efficiently and safely.
We understand the importance of a well-functioning electrical system in your home, and we are dedicated to providing quality service and customer satisfaction. Make us your go-to electrician for all your electrical needs in the Cranston and Providence areas.