Maitland Electrician

Your Circuit Panel and Main Electrical Disconnect

You may have an outdated, non-UL rated circuit panel and main disconnect. If you notice your lights flickering, or getting dim when you use large appliances, you may have a problem with the main or branch circuits. If you have ever felt the circuit breakers and noticed that they are hot, you most likely are having a problem with the point of connection lugs or contact surface of the interval tripping mechanism of the actual breaker.

Over the years, there have been many different circuit panels that were discontinued, but two, specifically, are notorious in the electrical industry because they lost their UL rating and are no longer used. These two are the Federal Pacific and Zinsco, both of which have been known to have a much higher rate of problematic activity, such as overheating, and even fires. (more…)

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