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Types of Circuit Breakers in Electric Panels

Just like electric panels, there are different types of circuit breakers. It all depends on what you need and what you are asking of them to avoid electric repair Fairport NY. There are several common types. They are single pole, double pole, GFCI, and AFCI.

The single pole circuit breakers are used for supplying power to receptacles and lighting fixtures. They typically supply power for 15 to 20 amp uses. The double pole circuits provide more power, hence the reason they are called double. They are used for circuits that are needed to supply power to appliances, such as hot water heaters. AFCI types of circuits are able to shut themselves down if damaged or worn wires are detected. They usually are responsible for power to bedrooms and common areas (like living rooms). GFCI are breakers that automatically turn themselves off if a power short is detected. They are used to supply power to areas where a short or lack of shut off can be dangerous. These are areas like basements, kitchens and bathrooms—anywhere that might get wet. By shutting down immediately in a wet area, risks of shocks and even electrocution are reduced.

Once you are familiar with the different types of circuit breakers, you might have a better understanding of the planning and forethought that goes into designing electric panels. However, be careful not to ever try to fix one on your own. Call the electric repair Fairport NY experts from Lon Lockwood Electricto avoid damage or possible danger.