Should I Replace My Electrical Panel?
While you may or may not be aware of where your electrical panel is located or even what it does, this piece of equipment is one of the essential parts of your electrical system. Electrical panels distribute electricity throughout any given property, basically making them the main power source for your home. Most people know that a circuit breaker can be reset following a power outage, but the actual circuit breaker switch is just one part of your electrical panel. The panel itself is what’s responsible for keeping your home safe in case of excessive currents.
Another thing many people do not know about electrical panels is there are certain kinds that are outdated, and even potentially dangerous. Keep reading to learn whether you should replace your electrical panel, and make sure to call Roby Services for all your electrical system needs.
Federal Pacific & Zinsco Electrical Panels: Why They Need to Be Replaced
The two types of electrical panels that absolutely should be replaced are Federal Pacific Electric Company and Zinsco panels. These brands were extremely common between the 1950s and 1970s, with millions of households across America being powered by them. However, by the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, incidents related to Federal Pacific and Zinsco electrical panels started to stack up. Many homeowners reported fires, electrical shocks, and other damage as a result of using panels from these companies.
Federal Pacific and Zinsco panels are no longer being manufactured or sold today. However, if you live in a home that was built in the ‘70s or earlier, it is a good idea to check and see if your house is powered by one of these companies’ electrical panels (usually you can find your panel in the garage or basement). If you discover that your home is run on a Federal Pacific or Zinsco panel, make sure to call a qualified electrician to have this equipment replaced immediately. Not only are these panels a hazard to your home and everyone in it, but they also may prevent your property from passing a building inspection if you decide to sell it, and some insurance companies will not even cover a house where a Federal Pacific or Zinsco panel is still in use.
Call Roby Services for a Better Electrical Panel Today!
At Roby Services, our skilled Charlotte electricians are proud to provide electrical panel upgrades and replacements, so your property is always safe and secure. In addition to serving local homeowners, we offer electrical panel and breaker services for commercial properties too, so your business can get the same level of quality equipment as your house. And with emergency appointments available 24/7, it’s always a good time to call Roby Services.