Panelboard Selection

Most people are familiar with panelboards and may not even know it. Commonly known as “circuit breakers,” panelboards are found in every home, often in the basement or in a utility closet, and control the flow of electricity. Many don’t even think about it until a circuit breaker is “tripped” and the flow of electricity to a specific part of the home is lost, resulting in a trip to the panelboard to make that section live again.

A panelboard (sometimes called a distribution board) is an electrical supply system that can convert incoming electrical power into smaller circuits which provides overload protection in the form of fuses or Circuit Breakers. The fuses (or circuit breakers) contain a metallic piece that melts when the electrical current exceeds a specific amperage. Some switches are manually controlled while others are used with automatic standby generators.

Understanding Panelboards

Panelboards can vary based on mounting style and electrical specifications. Single-panel and multi-panel are the most common installations. Modular units bundle electrical distribution into an integrated system. panelboard mounting systems can vary, based on manufacturing process and need.

Panelboards are used in a variety of different industries, as well as homes, and needs to fulfill various needs. In a typical North American circuit panelboard, the circuit breakers are usually placed in two columns and the operator of the circuit breaks cannot contact live electrical parts (often known as dead front).

Regardless of its use, when a panelboard requires installation, it is incredibly important that a qualified electrician or representative from a power services company complete the work. Electrical work can be extremely dangerous so a lay-person should not attempt a panelboard installation without expert assistance.

Ultimately, selecting the appropriate panelboard and having it installed properly is incredibly important. The panelboard helps to ensure the electrical flow is functioning properly and in a safe fashion, regardless of its use. This is why it is critical an electrical professional handle the installation and integration of the panelboard and an experienced power services company provide ongoing care and maintenance.