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You may have an outdated, non-UL rated circuit panel and main disconnect.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.

The home insurance industry has mostly refused to insure these types of panels and the companies that do will be charging a much higher premium for your Orlando home. You should have a Master Maitland electrician inspect and evaluate your circuit panel and main disconnect immediately to make sure that you do not have one of the non-UL rated or outdated panels.

The Orlando electrician that you need would do a few things so you know you are getting the best in service. They would do a visual inspection of the circuit breakers and all branch circuit terminal connections, as well as the main lug connections and bus bars, where the breakers are attached. Your Maitland electrician would be looking for any signs of damage to these parts due to overheating. The only thing that couldn’t be done, in terms of testing, is stress loading the breakers to ensure the thermal overload mechanism is working properly. This is one of the main concerns that the insurance companies have with Federal Pacific and Zinsco panels.

Circuit breakers are rated for the branch circuit wires and set to automatically shut off when the current hits a maximum level, which avoids overheating and melting the insulation rating of the conductors. While your qualified Maitland electrician is inspecting all of these areas of concern, they will be able to give you a quote for how much it would be to replace the outdated panel, which is actually not that expensive and will avoid insurance company concerns and provide peace of mind from having any future major electrical failures. When installed correctly, by a certified, licensed, and insured electrician, the currently available, UL-rated panels can probably last the lifetime of your home. Make a wise investment in your home today and call Contemporary Electrical Contractors to inspect your circuit panel and main disconnect. You deserve the peace of mind that comes with repairing a current or potential problem that may exist with your circuit panel, which may be over 30 or 40 years old. Typically, the only time these panels receive maintenance is when they have a problem, which usually results in damage to the bus bar and wiring, so don’t wait, call to have your circuit panel and main disconnect inspected by a Master Maitland electrician today!

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