Panel/Service Upgrades, Panel Changes, Subpanel Install
Your main electrical system is the “heart” of your home. “The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) studies of residential electrical fires show that the majority of severe fires need not have occurred. The conditions that caused the fires probably would have been detected by an electrical system inspection.”1
- Meter base replacement/upgrade – This is where the utility power is monitored into your electrical panel box.
- Electrical panel box – This box distributes electricity to the branch circuits throughout your home. We only use copper busbar panels with lifetime manufacturer warranties.
- Circuit breakers – Circuit breakers disconnect electric current when it exceeds the safe level of the branch circuit it feeds.
- Whole house surge protection – Your home today contains an extensive list of electronics. A sudden spike in voltage can be very destructive. We can install a whole house surge suppressor to help protect your investments.
- Grounding and bonding – Electrical safety codes have changed dramatically over the years. If your home is over 30 years old, your grounding and bonding may need to be upgraded.
Ask yourself these questions when considering a panel/service upgrade or change:
- Is my home built in the 1970s or older?
- Do I have an old fuse box? Am I planning on a home addition or remodel?
- Am I planning on adding a new hot tub?
- Do I have a Zinsco, Federal Pacific Electric, or bulldog/pushmatic panel?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it may be time to consider a review of your electrical demands with help from our expert electricians.
HOMEOWNER ALERT! If you have a Federal Pacific Electric Panel or know someone who does, read this NOW!
Some Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panels have been linked to fires and other safety hazards. FPE panels were among the most common installed across North America for more than three decades. Where there is one, there could be many. You too may have a Federal Pacific Electric panel – – in your home.
Authorities recommend that Federal Pacific Electric circuit breaker panels be inspected immediately by a professional.
More information on the risks and hazards of Federal Pacific Electric panels can be found at www.ismypanelsafe.com.
Consumer Fraud Committed by Circuit Breaker Company
In a class-action lawsuit, a New Jersey State Court ruled that the Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Company, “violated the Consumer Fraud Act because FPE knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards…”
An expert who investigated the potential hazards of Federal Pacific electric panels stated under UL 489 test conditions that FPE panels fail to tip at a much higher rate than standard panels. In other tests, some Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to operate properly as much as 60% of the time!
If you have a Federal Pacific Electric panel, your home may not be safe if an over-current or short circuit takes place. The panel could refuse to shut power off to your home in a dangerous situation. Instead, your panel could overheat and catch fire.
Many Federal Pacific Electric panels con operate properly for years. But, if and when they do malfunction, a disaster could occur.
Of course, you owe it to yourself and your family to find out if you have a dangerous or defective Federal Pacific Electric panel in your home. Call us today to schedule your in-home safety analysis of your panel.
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1Guide to Home Wiring (CPSC)