Without dependable access to electricity in our homes, many homeowners would be completely lost. From making coffee in the morning to showering with hot water and having light to shave by, electricity makes a lot of great comforts and conveniences possible. Of course, electricity also has the potential to be quite dangerous if not used properly or if you rely on poorly installed and maintained equipment to bring it into your home. One of the most important components of your electrical system is the circuit breaker on your wall. Here is some information about how your circuit breaker actually operates from the Santa Rosa, CA electrical technicians at Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area.
Electricity is distributed to your home by a power plant via a distribution grid. When this electricity makes it to your home, it reaches your electric panel. A circuit breaker is used in this electric panel in order to monitor and control the level of amps that makes its way into your home. In the event of a power surge, in which excess power makes its way into your wiring, the circuit breaker will trip and shut down the flow of power on that circuit.
If a circuit is overloaded it may lead to a fire in your home, and a circuit breaker is a very effective safety measure used to prevent such problems. Plus, electronics and electrical appliances drawing energy on that circuit can be seriously damaged in the event of a power surge. By stemming the flow of power it is possible to prevent your devices from being damaged or destroyed.
Circuit breakers perform the same function that fuses do, though circuit breakers have become more and more common over the years. Where fuses are used, a power surge will lead to a blown fuse which must then be replaced. A circuit breaker is much simpler, allowing you to return power to the circuit by completing it with the flip of a switch. If you have an old fuse box in your home, you may want to consider upgrading your system with a circuit breaker installation.
To learn more about circuit breakers and the role they play in your electrical system, give Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area a call. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Our skilled Santa Rosa, CA electricians can help you get the safe, reliable performance you need from your electrical system.