The location of your panel depends on the Year your home was built. In older homes the panel can be in a variety of places. In newer homes it's probably in your garage. No matter where it is we Recommend the area is easily accessible. You should know where your panel is, and know how to operate it in case of an emergency.
The Panel controls the electricity coming in your home from the utility company. The breakers attached to each circuit regulate the amount of AMPS. If the circuit is overloaded the breaker will trip, this will prevent any electricity flowing into that circuit. Once the issue is resolved, the breaker can be turned back on and, enable the electricity to flow through the circuit again.
Sometimes repairs need to be made immediately, sometimes they can wait a while, and other times it can be a future project to keep in mind. Our Electricians will come to your home, look over you electrical system, and educate you about the safety and condition of your electrical system.
All this might seem like a lot of work... It's something we do for you, free of charge. You can count on us to provide over and above service!
Reasons why you might want to think about replacing your panel:
1. It is over 15 years old.
2. If corrosion is is visible anywhere on the panel.
3. Rusting is visible anywhere in the panel.
4. Several different brands of breakers are installed . Look for different manufacturers labels or different colors.
IF YOU HAVE A PANEL MANUFACTURED BY FEDERAL PACIFIC (FPE) OR ZINCO:
It is our recommendation that all FPE and Zinco panels be replaced.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT BRAND PANEL YOU HAVE:
1. Look on the panel cover.
2. Look on one of the breakers.
3. Look inside the panel door.
Please do not attempt to take the panel cover off for any reason without a licensed Electrician present!
FPE PANEL ?
It is highly reccommend all Federal Pacific panels be replaced. Although some are safer than others , when it comes to the safety of your family , you can never be safe enough. FPE panels and breakers have been known to fail over time, which can lead to serious damages including fire.
There have been several tests on FPE equipment. Please click the third party link for more information: http://inspectapedia.com/fpe/FPE_Fire_Photographs.php
If you decide to replace your panel, we would love the opportunity to serve you. Call us today! 732- 851-8487
It is our recommendation as well as the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) http://www.nfpa.org/
That all Zinco panels be replaced. Although some Zinco panels are more hazardous than others, when it comes to the safety of your family you can never be too safe. Zinco panels and breakers have be known to fail over time. This can lead to serious damages including fire.
There has been several tests on Zinco panels, the experts Recommend replacing them please click the link to view third party information: http://inspectapedia.com/electric/Zinsco_Electrical_Panels.php
If you decide to replace your panel we would love the opportunity to serve you. Call us today! 732-851-8487