Are you still struggling with an outdated fuse or breaker panel?  Do you have circuits that are overloaded?  Have circuits been “doubled-up” because you don’t have the capacity for additional circuits?  Has new wiring been added over the years, and does it meet code?  Has your Insurance Company refused to renew your homeowners insurance due to obsolete wiring? Are you trying to sell or close on your home?

If any of the above statements apply to you, your home may be in need of a service panel upgrade.

IMPORTANT: Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) and Zinsco breaker panels were very common in the 70’s & 80’s.  Since they were the “panel of choice” for so many contractors, it’s now well documented that homes equipped with these two brands are at a greater risk of fire and other electrical hazards.

If you have a FPE breaker panel in your home, see http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm for more information.

If you have a Zinsco breaker panel in your home, see http://www.inspect-ny.com/electric/Zinsco.htm for more information.

If your present circuit breaker panel has any breakers that are manufactured by a different panel manufacturer, BEWARE! This is fairly common practice because many breaker designs are mechanically interchangeable (they will fit). But this practice does not meet UL listing standards. If there were a fire and it was decided that the panel played a part in it, this action may void your Homeowners Insurance Policy. (Feel free to call and ask your insurance company about this.)

Older Equipment and wiring systems weren’t designed to support the modern appliances of today. Overloading and piggy-backing of circuits is common in outdated fuse or breaker panels, the result of improper installations that were never inspected. This can cause fires. Upgrading to a new main circuit breaker panel, can immediately eliminate this potentially dangerous situation.

Modern Circuit Breaker Panels are more convenient, and are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels.  In addition, modern circuit breakers are available with additional safety features such as Ground-Fault and Arc-Fault protection that provide added safety for homeowners.

Here are some of the benefits of upgrading your panel:

  1. Possibility of receiving a reduced rate on your homeowners insurance (contact your agent to see if you qualify)
  2. Reduce the chance of an electrical fire.
  3. Ability to add modern life saving breaker technology
  4. Eliminate doubled-up circuits.
  5. Eliminate the need to replace fuses, or the chance to install the wrong size of fuse, which is a common fire hazard.
  6. Capacity to add additional circuits in the future.
  7. Increase the resale value of your home.

 

Don’t compromise on safety.  Call 612.564.4250 today to have your system inspected by one of our highly qualified Electricians. He will help you to decide on whether you should have your outdated fuse panel or obsolete breaker panel replaced with a modern Circuit Breaker panel.