Rachel Hirshorn: Before starting home repair work or setting off on your well-deserved vacation, you've got to know how to turn off your home's electrical power supply. It's not hard but it can cost you if you don't do it right. I'm Rachel Hirshorn for Repair.
com and this is the right way to turn off the power.
First turn off and unplug all your valuable electronics such as desktop computers, televisions, laptops connected to an outlet and video and audio systems. They can get damaged when you turn the electricity on and off.
Next, turn off fixtures or appliances with motors. This includes your dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, air conditioner, furnace and electric fans. Now you'll need to locate the circuit breaker panel box. Try checking the basement for the circuit breaker box, it could be in a utility closet or in a cabinet if your basement is finished.
Still can't find it? The panel box could also be on the outside of your house. Remember that you're looking for a large, gray or beige box mounted on a wall. When you turn off the power supply it's going to get dark, so make sure you bring a flashlight with you.
Find the main breaker inside the panel and switch it to off. You should hear a click, which is a sure sign that it's off, it's that easy.
Try testing a few light switches to make sure that the electricity is actually off before you continue. If you have a backup generator, remember to put it on standby. When you switch the power back on, you may actually blow a light bulb or two. They were probably ready to go anyway so don't worry about it.
If you have any problems with getting the power to come back on, an electrician will be able to help you get back to the light. For more helpful tips and advice on maintaining your home, visit us at Repair.