At Amp’d Electrical Services in Denver, we offer a wide variety of electrical services including mapping out the electrical panel of your home. Doing so is an excellent way to save yourself some trouble and annoyance when there is an electrical issue in your home. Now, you like to perform home maintenance yourself and have some familiarity with electrical work, use our guide to mapping your electrical panel.
Before getting started, recruit the help of your spouse, a family member or a friend. Make sure you both have walkie talkies or your cell phones so you can easily communicate from separate areas of the home.
It’s also important to turn off and unplug sensitive electronic devices, especially computers, televisions and anything else you wish to fully protect. Power to every part of the home will be shut off at some point during this process and then restored, so it could have adverse effects on some items.
Okay, now here’s your guide to mapping your electrical panel.
Locate the breaker box for your home. It may be in the garage, basement or a utility closet. If the home has been remodeled such as a garage converted into a bedroom, it might be in that spot.
Now, open the box, and you’ll find various switches of different sizes in rows:
- The largest switch, generally set apart from the others, is the main electrical disconnect which shuts off power to all breakers.
- The other larger switches are most likely controlling your home’s large appliances and systems including the furnace and air conditioner.
- The smaller switches more likely control groups of electrical outlets and lighting fixtures in all or part of each room.
Get ready to take some detailed notes. Unless you can write in clear, 8 point type, there may not be enough space to label directly onto the breaker switches. So, as you go through each switch, make a list that will be attached to the breaker box door for easy access. You will number the switches and find the corresponding number on your new map, which could also be a copy of the home’s floor plan.
Now, turn off one breaker switch at a time, starting with the largest ones. Signal your assistant to check lights, outlets, switches, and appliances to identify the areas associated with that breaker. The use of an outlet tester, which you can buy at your local hardware store, can also be helpful during this process.
Number the breakers and label the map accordingly, then affix your new electrical panel map onto the inside of the breaker box. The extra legwork now will go a long way later when you need to know what switches are connected to what areas of your home. From blown breakers to needing to shut off power to the one room where you want to install a ceiling fan, you’ll have no more guesswork or risk.
Of course, if you want to skip our guide to mapping your electrical panel and let our experts take care of it for you, simply call or contact us at Amp’d Electrical Services in Denver today. And if you have any other electrical issues going on at your home or business, we’d be happy to help out with that as well.