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You’ve Got the Power, But How Did It Get There? A Simple Guide to Your Electrical System

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The electrical system is one of the most important aspects of a house, and yet it can also be the least understood by the average homeowner. That’s because no one teaches us these things in school

Here’s a step-by-step guide to the anatomy of your electrical system and what it takes for electricity to travel from the power plant to the outlet in your wall.

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From the Power Plant to Your Home

First, the power plant generates electricity and sends it to a transformer. The transformer converts this high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage that’s safer for smaller residences. Then, it passes the electricity to a meter and then connects to your house on the way at either the service drop or service lateral. To paraphrase the difference between the two:

underground-overhead-electrical-service-diagramIf you have overhead service then the connection is a service drop and occurs at the roof. The connecting wires form a drip loop in order to keep rain from running down the wires and damaging nearby equipment. The wires then enter the mast-head on your roof and go down through a conduit to the meter.

With underground service the connection is a service lateral and happens close to the ground. Wire buried at least 2 feet underground travels from the transformer to the side of your house and up through a conduit to the meter.

The meter connects to your house’s grounding rod, which protects the electrical system in case of sudden static discharge. (This is otherwise known as lightning!) After measuring how much your household consumes, the meter outputs the electricity received to the service panel inside your house.

The service panel is where things get tricky, but this walk-through can help to demystify it. Your house’s main electrical circuit begins at the service panel. Electricity comes in via two 120 volt wires, each of which connect to a bus bar to power the circuit breakers in the panel.

Single pole circuit breakers attach to only one bus bar to receive 120 volts; that’s all that low power devices like lights need. Double pole circuit breakers attach to both bus bars, receiving 240 volts and powering energy-hungry appliances like your electric range, clothes dryer and air conditioner.

The electricity running through your house always returns to the service panel. It travels back along neutral wires, which connect to the neutral bar in the service panel. From there, it will pass all the way back to the transformer.

Knowing more about the way your house’s electricity works makes it easier to identify the source of trouble in the event a problem occurs. However, electrical systems are highly dangerous for the would-be DIY handyman or handywoman.

Related Read: 4 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Electrical DIY

 

If you notice any abnormality with your electrical service, give Fusion Electric a call, and let our skilled technicians handle the hot stuff! And for more helpful information, visit our blog today.

4 Reasons Why You Should Ditch Electrical DIY

 

ditch-the-electrical-DIY-fusion-electric-kansas-city-electricianFrom Pinterest to Facebook, do-it-yourself projects are popping everywhere these days. With lists and lists of seemingly easy projects at your disposal, many believe that they can take on just about any project with a little help from the internet.

However, DIY electrical projects are a very different story and can be incredibly dangerous, which is why the professionals at Fusion Electric are shedding some light on why it’s time to ditch the DIY.

Already given up on electrical DIY? Learn how Fusion Electric can solve all your electrical needs!

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Whether you’re hoping to install outdoor lighting and speakers around the pool, or looking to hide cords and connectors while putting out your Christmas decorations, even the simplest job can go wrong when electricity is involved. Here are just a few ways electrical DIY can turn disastrous:

1. Hidden Hazards

When dealing with electrical issues, there are many hidden hazards. Whether it’s running into the family of racoons in the attic, or unintentionally crossing the wrong wires, there are always risks to consider.

While you may never see these hazards coming, professional electricians are trained to look for a laundry list of things to ensure safe electrical servicing and their own safety. Avoid the guessing game and leave projects you’re unsure of to the professionals.

2. Improper Installation

Improper installation can not only cause fires and damage your home, it can also permanently damage the equipment you are trying to install, whatever it may be. This damage can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements for your home.

3. Would it Pass Inspection?

Spending time and money on a DIY electrical project can not only be dangerous, but if not done properly, it  may fail inspections.

We see homeowners who go through all the trouble of adding electrical to bonus rooms and additions themselves, all to find out that when they want to sell their home, these DIY add ons don’t meet the requirements to pass inspections. This can end up costing you thousands of dollars to repair, and it all could have been avoided by hiring a professional electrician.

4. Injury & Fatality

Most homeowners have little knowledge of the safety precautions and details of dealing with electrical maintenance, and why would they?

However, when homeowners try to DIY without extensive knowledge, any number of injuries can happen including severe burns, electrocution, and even death in some cases. Luckily, there are professionals who are highly trained in this industry, and your safety is well worth the extra money required to hire a trained professional.

Related Read: Stop the DIY! Why You Need to Call an Electrician

“Great service shouldn’t be shocking!”

When you finally decide it’s time to ditch the DIY, give the professionals at Fusion Electric a call. We offer a full line of commercial and residential services, including indoor and outdoor lighting, safety inspections, and upgrades in service.

We are locally owned and operated, and serve the entire Kansas City Metro Area. Give us a call and make Fusion Electric your go-to source for all of your electrical needs.

 

Contact Fusion Electric to set up an appointment, and be sure to check out our blog for more helpful information regarding your electrical needs!