Electrical Panel or Breaker Box

Electrical Panel or Breaker Box

Learn about your electrical panel or breaker box in this Invitation Homes "Know Your Home" video.


Hi, I’m Shawna with Invitation Homes, and today, we’re going to talk about your electrical panel, also referred to as a breaker box.

Here’s what yours might look like. Each of these switches controls the flow of electricity to different areas of your home. To access the breakers, all that is required is to open the access door. Never remove the panel cover. It could result in serious harm. This is a breaker switch. It is designed to detect unsafe overloads and automatically shut off the power supply. An overload can be caused by a short in a wire or by having too many items plugged in and running on the same circuit. If you have lights or outlets that won’t work, it could be as simple as a tripped breaker. Before reporting an electrical issue, simply check your breaker box for tripped switches.

Most switches have off and on clearly marked on the switch, but you can always tell if a switch is on by its position being all the way over towards the center of the box. This switch is off, positioned all the way over to the side of the box. This switch is tripped. Notice that it’s in the middle position between off and on. Before you reset the switch, be sure to unplug one or more of the items that might have caused the switch to trip. Also ensure no one else in the home is doing something in the affected area, such as replacing a light bulb. You can then reset the switch by moving it all the way to the off position and then all the way back to the on position.

If the power doesn’t come back on, it could be a GFI outlet problem. Check out our video on GFI outlets. If the breaker switch continues to trip, call the Invitation Homes maintenance number for your region or enter a maintenance request at IHRent.com.

If you would like additional tips about your home, check out the Know Your Home video series on our website at KnowYourHome.IHRent.com.

Thanks for watching!