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Tips for Organizing your Electric Panel

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As a homeowner, you know how important it is to organize your home, but have you ever considered organizing your electrical panel? By labeling your electrical panel, you can save yourself a lot of time and confusion if there Is an emergency where you need to shut power off in your home.

Peters Electric, serving as your top choice for an electrician in Pittsburgh, has put together a few tips for easily and safely labeling your electric panel:

Grab a Partner

Working with another person on this project can make things much more efficient. One of you can flip the switches in each area, while the other is at the panel testing it.

Shut off Each Circuit in Your Home

After you shut each of them off, you will turn each one on individually so you can make a note of which light fixture turned on and then label the electrical panel accordingly.

Use Sticky Labels on the Switches

Blank sticky labels are great for labeling your switches and is much easier than trying to fill out and tape individual papers to each switch.

Number or Label the Switches

If you prefer not to write out the labels, you can number the switches instead. Use whatever method works best for you.

When to Call a Professional Electrician

In some cases, you may find that some sections of your electric panel don’t belong to a specific breaker. If you discover this issue, it may mean that there is some improper wiring that needs to be fixed. Be sure to call Peters Electric to have this issue looked at!

You will find that your large appliances like washing machines, clothes dryers, ovens, as well as water heater will often require multiple breakers since they require a high amount of power to function. Keep this in mind and don’t let this confuse you while trying to label the electric panel.

Upgrade Your Out of Date Electric Box

The electrical panel box is what supplies each power circuit in your home with electricity. These circuits disburse power and energy to the lights, outlets, furnace, air conditioning, and appliances in your home. Without a properly functioning electrical panel box, you could experience an outage in crucial appliances like your refrigerator or air conditioning, creating a potentially dangerous and inconvenient situation for you and your family.

Even if your wiring has been upgraded or installed within the last two decades, your electrical panel and circuit breaker may need an upgrade. If you are remodeling, upgrading your appliances, installing additional lighting, or a sound system, it is likely your electric panel will need to be upgraded or replaced. Signs your electrical panel needs an upgrade:

  • Circuit breakers trip frequently 
  • Lights dim when you turn multiple appliances on at once 
  • You rely on extension cords to create more outlets 
  • You use a lot of power strips in your home

If you’ve noticed any of these issues, then it’s time to call the experts at Peter Electric to have your electric panel box upgraded! Our team of licensed technicians can handle all of your electrical upgrades and ensure that you have an electrical system you can rely on.

From updating wiring to upgrading electric panel boxes, Pittsburgh homeowners can trust Peter Electric to get the job done right the first time! Contact us today to learn more about our electrical services.




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