How to Know if Your Electric Panel is At Risk of Failing
Federal Pacific Electricity was once at the forefront of circuit breaker panel manufacturing.
Millions of panels were installed in homes from the 1950s to the 1980s. Unfortunately, in recent years, it's become obvious that these style of circuit breakers are more of a hazard than not. According to one report, their panels failed to properly operate in nearly 60% of power surges! There was even a class action lawsuit where it was determined their products were not tested to meet UL standards.
What does this mean for you?
The good news: If your home was built since 1990, you shouldn't have these potentially faulty products. Older homes, regardless of brand, should have regular inspections by qualified electricians. Safety standards change over the years, so call your local licensed electrician today to schedule an inspection.
Things to Look For in Your Breaker Box
A qualified electrician will know what to look for and be knowledgeable about safety codes and standards. If you have flickering lights, improperly working switches, or circuit breakers that keep tripping, those can be signs of distress on your electrical system. Overcrowding within the panel, loose connections, or multiple splits are also possible areas of concern. When the circuit breakers don't properly operate, the risk of fires and long-term damage increase, especially during surges.
You owe it to your family to contact a licensed electrician in the area!
Unity Services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for emergency service. Our electrical repair company in North Houston provides clients with expert knowledge that’s just a phone call away. Our master electricians provide a broad range of electrical services to meet the needs of our client base, from small to large jobs requiring an electrical contractor.
Contact Unity Services at (713) 999-1890 for all your electrical needs.