BREAKERS-switches located in your panel box that keep your house from burning down, by tripping (interrupting electrical current),when too much of an electrical load has been detected. They will have their amperage written on the toggle switch. They come in various amperages, eg. 15, 20, 30, 40 and 50.
GFI-Ground Fault Interrupter. Receptacle that has a button on it that says reset. Usually found in kitchens and bathrooms.
METER-glass can, usually attached to the house or a pole, has a little metal disk that whirls around in it. This measures the amount of electricity you use so the electric company can charge you an outrageous amount.
PANEL OR PANEL BOX-metal box, usually located next to or behind your meter. Where the power comes into your house and is designated to various breakers for wiring eg. lighting, A/C, etc.
SERVICE CHANGE-when your panel gets old or wears out and needs replacing.
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TROUBLESHOOTING-finding the reason or cause of any electrical problems that are not obvious or are unidentifiable.