Your panel is obviously an important part of a healthy home wiring. If you’re not for sure if your panel is safe you need to have a licensed electrician come and take a look at it. Here are three Panel brands that will most likely need an upgrade.
What does an Electrical Panel actually do?
The breaker panel (or electrical panel) is where all of your home’s breakers are located. Each of these breakers are designed to flip on and off. If a circuit in your house gets overloaded the breaker connected to that circuit will flip. For instance, if you have a space heater and a vacuum cleaner on the same outlet it might be too much power going through that circuit; so that the outlet doesn’t burn up your breaker will flip to protect your home.
We don’t see many of these panels. But at one point they were a very popular brand. These panels would allow wires to heat up and melt causing quite a few problems. If you have one of these panels you’ll definitely want to get it replaced.
Sylavnia panels were also produced by Zinsco, and they had many of the same problems with overheating the wires. These panels are considered very unsafe, and many insurance companies will NOT insure your home if you have one.
3. Federal Pacific
Probably the most notorious of all bad panels is the Federal Pacific. We see these panels all the time and the can cause real problems and have been known to cause fires in homes. If you have one of these panels, you’ll want to get it replaced ASAP.
If you need a panel upgrade our licensed electricians can safely remove and replace your panel. They can also do an inspection on your panel if you’re just unsure about its age or safety. We can even perform maintenance on your panel even if you don’t need a full replacement.