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The Electrical Panels Purpose

The electrical panel is designed to distribute power safely to the items in your home such as your lights, TV’s, and appliances.

The Heart of a Home's Electric System

The electrical panel is the heart of an entire home’s electrical system. Without a properly functioning panel, nothing electrical in a home will work.

Today, there are two brands of panels that may have major flaws — Federal Pacific Electric panels and certain Zinsco panels. There are also millions of people today who have panels that are more than 40 years old and may no longer protect their homes from over currents and short circuits.

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Outdated Electrical Panels

Today’s society depends more than ever on electricity. Most people have more than one computer, several televisions, a stereo system, cell phones, clock radios, and the list continues. However, more than half of the homes today were constructed before the 1970s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means most of these older homes possess no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps. These facts point to a problem—older homes, unless they have been upgraded, are being overburdened. These outdated electric systems and panels cannot safely handle the demands of today’s society.

How it works

There is a main supply of power that comes from the electrical service. This power supply is connected to the main electrical panel.

The panel in turn supplies power to all of the wiring that connects to your light switches, outlets, along with your appliances such as cooking equipment and heating and cooling equipment.

Types of Panels

There are 2 types of technology used in creating panel boxes. There is the standard breaker style panel box and a fuse style panel box. In homes today breaker style panels are installed.

Fuse Panels

Although fuse panels are still present in some homes today many home insurance companies have denied coverage for homes with fuse style panels. The reasons for this are due to the reliability and modifications that can be made to them that can create fire concerns. If you have a fuse style panel you should have a licensed electrician to replace it.

Breaker Panels

The breaker style panel is the most current type of panel in homes today. The breaker style panel still can have concerns. Based on several factors the breaker style panel can create safety concerns if any of these challenges exist incorrect installations, unsafe modifications, lack of maintenance, age and manufactures that have been deemed unsafe.

What should you do?

If you have never had a licensed professional inspect your panel for safety it is highly recommended. Just because you have had an electrician in your home does not mean that they have properly inspected your home or panel for safety.

Step 1: Have a licensed electrician inspect the entire electrical system.

Step 2: If you know you have either a fuse panel or an unsafe panel you should have it replaced quickly.

Step3: Choose an electrician to make the repair.

Outdated Electrical Panels

This may seem pretty simple. Choosing an electrician often can be confusing considering most people trust the professional. Here are a few things that should help you to choose the right electrician.
What questions do you need answers to?

  1. Is the electrician licensed? If so ask for proof by asking to see a copy of their license.
  2. What type of warranty does this come with? Ask for this in writing.
  3. Will you be getting this work inspected by the county or city? If so when? If they are not getting this inspected there is a reason why and that should be a BIG RED FLAG! By law all main electrical panels must be inspected by the county/city when being replaced. There are NO exceptions.
  4. Are you a true 24hr service company? The reason this is important is most companies may only make repairs during their normal business hours. Not when you need them most.
  5. Ask for choices. You are the customer! You should be able to make the decision.
  6. Last is a tricky one. PRICE. The reason this is tricky is because not all jobs are the same. Anyone giving you a price over the phone or verbally be very cautious! You should always ask for the electrician to look at the job and give you a price in writing prior to agreeing to any work. Estimates are exactly that, they almost always are wrong. Because there are different factors pricing can vary.

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