Is your electrical panel 20 or more years old? Do you have a panel that has been removed from the market due to safety issues or one that is outdated? Chances are, you probably don't know. Continue reading to learn more.
Today's society relies on electronic appliances to handle most of it's everyday activities. From computers, HD televisions and office equipment, to food storage and preparation and home heating. Because electricity is such an ever present need in our daily lives, something has to provide that power to us. The power source in our home, is our electrical panel. We need to have the proper size panel to handle the load that the homes electrical output requires. Today's needs are much greater than that of homes 30-50 years ago. For example, in the 1950's, a 60 amp panel would have been the recommended, whereas today's recommendation would be close to double that, if not more. So what happens if your panel can't handle the load you are putting on it? You guessed it...popped fuses, blown circuits, or even worse, a fire hazard.
Outdated & Recalled Panels
Two particular panels that are no longer in use are the outdated Fuse Boxes and Split-Bus Panels. Both of these types of panels are still around in homes, that have not been updated since their original installation. It is important to upgrade these to a circuit breaker panel for a number of reasons. First of all, these panel types are archaic in nature these days, therefore parts for them are few and far between. Secondly, and most important, these are NOT SAFE OPTIONS. Both present fire hazards due to their own fundamental structure and by the improper way they are handled by most homeowners.
Two other panels that a homeowner should beware of are Federal Pacific Panels or Zinsco Panels. Both of these panels are a proven fire hazard and are most certainly compromising the electrical integrity of your home. These panels have been taken off the market and should be removed as soon as possible. If you have one of these panels in your home, contact an electrician immediately.
What to Do
If you have not recently had your electrical panel inspected, then you should contact your local electrician. An inspection of your electrical panel will determine if your panel is not only safe, but also if it can handle the load that your home needs it to support, without presenting a hazard. You may need an electrical panel upgrade if you have an outdated or unsafe panel. An electrical panel upgrade should only be done by a licensed electrician. Hire an experienced electrical contractor so you can be assured that you are getting a true professional, and only licensed electricians. This will give you the peace of mind knowing that your electrical service will be safe, and installed according to the National Electrical Code. Electrical Fires are preventable when you use an experienced, licensed professional to handle your electrical work.
If you have any questions, call us, your favorite local electrician! We are always happy to help, and we want to make sure that our community is safe. Consultations are always free! Remember - Cheap electrical work causes fires! Always hire a licensed electrician!
Kenny Corrao, Owner
Corrao Electric Co., Inc.