You may have even tripped the circuit breakers once or twice in an effort to fix an electrical problem. But do you really know what this panel does? Learning the basics of your home's electrical circuits can save you time and money when faced with a power loss across a single appliance or across the board. 

Having some electrical knowledge will also tell you when to put the job in the hands of a professional electrician. To avail services from a professional electrician, visit

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Electrical panel 101

Simply put, the panel is what distributes power to the various circuits in your home. That's why flipping a single switch can cut off the power to the guest bedroom or kitchen only, without affecting other rooms. When you open the door to your electrical panel, you will see a series of on/off switches; each should be labeled next to the switch or inside the door, showing which circuit it controls. 

Blow a fuse / trip a circuit breaker

Circuits are designed to safely shut down when they experience a power surge or short circuit. If you plug too many appliances into one outlet, you may be drawing more power than the circuit can handle.  The circuit will shut down to prevent overheating, which can cause sparks and electrical fires. Most of the time, you can solve the problem by changing the setting of your plug to distribute the electricity more evenly, and then flipping the circuit breaker switch or replacing the fuse. However, if circuit overloading was not the problem, contact an electrician in your area to find out if you have a short or other more serious electrical problem.