The master control panel located by the electric meter contains the electrical breakers for your home. The control panel includes a main shut-off that controls all the electrical power to the home. In addition, there is a sub panel typically in the garage with individual breakers that control the separate circuits. Be certain you are familiar with the location of the master control panel and sub panel.
Each breaker is marked to help you identify which breaker is connected to which major appliance, outlet or other service. Should a failure occur in any part of your home, always check the breakers in the panel boxes first.
Circuit breakers have three positions -- on, off and tripped. When a circuit breaker trips, it must first be turned off before it can be turned on. Switching the breaker directly from the tripped position to the on position will not restore service.
If an outlet is not working, check first to see if it is one that is controlled by a wall switch or the ground fault interrupter converter (GFCI). It may also be necessary to check the main breaker as well as another appliance.
Breakers will often trip due to overloads caused by plugging too many appliances into the circuit, a worn cord, a defective item or operating an appliance with too high of a voltage requirement for the circuit. The starting up of an electric motor can also trip a breaker.
If any circuit trips repeatedly, unplug all items connected to it and reset. If it trips when nothing is connected to it, an electrician is needed. If the circuit remains on, one of the items that was unplugged is defective and requires repair or replacement.
Fluorescent fixtures use transformer action to operate them. This action sometimes causes a “buzzing” sound.
Any flickering of an individual light other than fluorescent lights should be reported to the electrical contractor. In the event all of your lights are flickering repeatedly, please contact your local utility provider.
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
GFCI receptacles have a built-in element that senses fluctuations in power. Quite simply, the GFCI is an indoor circuit breaker. Installation of these receptacles is required by building codes in the bathrooms, kitchen, outside and garage (areas where an individual can come into contact with water while holding an electrical appliance or tool). Heavy appliances such as refrigerators, freezers or power tools will trip the GFCI breaker. Do not plug a refrigerator or food freezer into a GFCI controlled outlet because it is likely that the GFCI will trip and ruin the contents.
Each GFCI receptacle has a test and reset button. Once each month press the test button. This will trip the circuit. To return service, press the reset button. If a GFCI breaker trips during normal usage, it may be an indication of a faulty appliance and some investigation is in order. Please remember that one GFCI breaker can control up to three or four outlets.
Your electrical system is a three-wire grounded system. Never remove the bare wire that connects to the box or device.
You are responsible for replacing any burned out bulbs other than those noted on the walk through list.
Some fixtures have an on/off switch located on the fixture. If a hanging light fixture does not work, make sure the switch is on. If your fixture does not have a switch, reset any tripped circuit breakers.
If a luminous light fixture does not work, make sure all fluorescent bulbs are installed properly. Adjust any tubes that are flickering or buzzing. Check wall switches, circuit breakers and GFCI breakers.
Do not tamper with or add to your electrical system. For any modification that is needed, contact an electrical contractor that is listed on your “Neighborhood Information” section of this manual. Tampering with the electrical system will void your warranty. If any changes are made to the electrical system, we must assume that any warranty issues that arise are the result of the changes made and the responsibility will fall on the person or contractor who made the changes.
Power surges can result in damages to sensitive electronic equipment such as televisions, alarm systems, computer and the like. AB Hospitality Limited Liability Company does not warrant against damages caused by power surges and recommends you install surge protectors (available at retail stores) for added protection.
If there are small children in your home, install safety plugs to cover unused outlets. This also minimizes air infiltration that can sometimes occur with these outlets. Teach children never to touch electrical outlets, sockets or fixtures.
In areas with underground utilities, check the location of buried service by contacting your local utility service. In most cases, wires run in a straight line from the service panel to the nearest public utility pad. Maintain positive drainage around the foundation to protect this service.