What is a Circuit Breaker Panel?
An electrical circuit breaker panel is the main distribution point for electrical circuits in your home. It usually provides between 100 and 200 amps of power to your home, depending on your home’s load demand. Power flows through an electrical meter, through an electrical disconnect and then to the main breaker in your electrical panel.
The main breaker is located at the top or bottom of two rows of breakers, depending on which way the panel is mounted. The main breaker is marked with the value of protection (like 100 amps) on the breaker handle.
The breaker panel is also equipped with a neutral buss and a grounding bar. The enclosure is sealed off for protection by a panel cover and is usually mounted with screws. It features a panel access door that allows you to access the breakers without removing the cover. Inside the door is a panel index. The entire breaker panel is usually gray in color and is made of metal. It can either be surface mounted or installed within a wall for a neater, more hidden look.