Does your Home still have an outdated fuse or breaker panel? Are circuits overloaded? Have circuits been “doubled-up?” Has new wiring been added over the years, and does it meet code? Has your Insurance Company refused to renew your home insurance policy?
Your home may be in need of a service panel upgrade.
Do you have a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breaker or panel in your home? See www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm for more information.
Do you have a Zinsco breaker or panel in your home? See www.inspect-ny.com/electric/Zinsco.htm for more information.
Homes equipped with these two brands are at a greater risk of fire and other electrical hazards.
Do you have a panel with another manufacturer's breaker in it? BEWARE! This is fairly common practice because many 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 Homeowner's Insurance Policy. (Feel free to call and ask your insurance company about this.)
Modern Circuit Breaker Panels are more convenient, and are built to far higher safety standards than outdated fuse panels.
Extra protection is incorporated into the latest equipment in the form of circuit breakers. These circuit breakers protect every device in the house with sensitive circuitry that responds quickly if there is a fault, opening the circuit and eliminating the risk of danger. There is also excellent protection available in the form of Ground-Fault Circuit Breakers and Arc-Fault Circuit Breakers.
Older Equipment and wiring systems did not have to support the modern appliances of our day. Overloading and doubling up of circuits is common in outdated fuse or breaker panels, the result of improper installations that were never inspected. This can cause fires. Upgrading the source of power distribution to your home by installing a new Circuit Breaker Main Service Panel, can eliminate this potentially dangerous situation.
Here are some reasons to upgrade your panel:
- Reduce the chance of an electrical fire.
- Eliminate doubled-up circuits.
- Eliminate the need to replace fuses, or the chance to install the wrong size of fuse, which is a common fire hazard.
- Capacity to add additional circuits in the future.
- Increase the resale value of your home.
Don’t compromise on safety
First, 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 replaced with a modern Circuit Breaker panel.