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May 31,2018

Is My Electrical Panel Safe 

An electrical panel serves as the central hub for the electricity which rushes throughout your property. When left in disrepair, they can create massive hassles for home and business owners, leaving them susceptible to personal injury, electrical fires, property damage and more. Thankfully, inspections are a simple way to ensure your old electrical panel is working at its best. At Mr. Electric of Fort Worth, we are excited to provide local North Texas property owners with electrical panel inspections, replacements and repairs. Not sure if it’s time to replace your antique electrical panel? Here are some suggestions that can help families and businesses know when their panel has become hazardous. 

Which Electrical Panel Brands Are Risky?

While it is a rare occurrence, there are a few brands of electrical panels that were once regularly installed in homes across North America, but were eventually discovered to be dangerous. These two companies represent the most common instances of outdated and risky models which should be replaced immediately if found installed. 

Federal Pacific – FPE, or Federal Pacific Electrical Company once manufactured millions of electrical panels over many decades. Unfortunately, during the 1980s, the state of New Jersey discovered they had fraudulently sold panels that failed to meet minimum standards set by Underwriters Laboratories. Though these panels were removed from the UL list, the Consumer Product Safety Commission never officially recalled them. This means that there are still a lot of homes and commercial buildings constructed in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s which still have these dangerous electrical panels installed. In fact, almost 3,000 fires per year are associated with Federal Pacific electrical panels. 

Zinsco – In times past, Zinsco was one of the most popular electrical panel manufacturers in the United States. Sadly, over a few decades, property owners became aware of their poor design. Components within the panels were notorious for overheating, which causes power surges, short circuits and even fires in extreme cases. 

How to Know If Your Outdated Electrical Panel Needs to Be Replaced

It’s important to keep in mind that even the most well-made electrical panels will deteriorate over time. Outdated models become damaged and corroded, and because the panel model has been discontinued, replacement parts are more and more difficult to locate. If you are struggling with tripping breakers, failing power, circuits that are no longer reliable or frequent power surges, then your electrical panel might need a repair or replacement. If your panel was built before 1990, then there’s a good chance that a total replacement will be more worthwhile than a repair. Replacing your old panel will not only ensure that your electrical system is capable of handling modern day demands, it will also increase property value and offer long term safety and comfort for you and your loved ones. 

Ready for an Electrical Panel Repair or Replacement? Call Mr. Electric of Fort Worth

Is it time for your next electrical inspection, new electrical panel replacement or electrical panel repair? Then call the experienced professionals at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. We offer residential and commercial electrical services in Fort Worth, Arlington, Aledo, Weatherford, Burleson and other nearby DFW communities. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified electrician in your area.