Your home relies on electricity to perform the day to day functions of modern life, and we frequently take this power for granted — but the reality is that electrical current can be extremely dangerous when not handled carefully. That’s why it’s so important to have an updated and efficient electrical panel.
The purpose of your electrical panel, whether it’s a fuse box or a circuit breaker, is to stop the flow of electricity should your system ever be overloaded. That’s why your power surges if you use too many large appliances at once — if your electrical systems capacity is overloaded, your panel stops the current before it can do damage. If your panel didn’t trip the current when the system overloaded, the electricity could melt your wires and cause electrical fires. To keep your home as safe as possible, schedule your service or replacement today.
We will make sure that your circuit breaker is working the way it should be by checking for damage or corrosion, adding conductive jelly where necessary, and tightening any loose connections. These improvements will not only help your sensitive electronics work the way they should, they will also improve your home’s safety.
Older homes, those that were built 30 or more years ago, need to have their electrical systems inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are safe. Call us immediately if you notice any sort of wear, such as the jacket surrounding cables appearing as if it has dried out.
Typically, older homes’ fuses are still housed in their original metal box. Sometimes, circuits have been spliced into the old box to replace these fuses. If you notice ceramic wire nuts used in your wire connections, this work is probably several decades old. We have even seen some homes that are more than 100 years old that still have their original wiring. You are in serious need of a wiring upgrade if this applies to you.
If a home is of a certain age and still has its original wiring, several insurance companies won’t even cover them. Please don’t wait to call Raynor Electric, because if you wait too long it may be too late.
You may think that your electrical system is fine, but it could be seriously degrading without you even being aware. If a wire’s insulation has disappeared, it can easily lead to a fire or an electrocution.
Take that risk out of the equation by calling Raynor Electric as soon as you can, before an injury or serious property damage takes place. We will take care of your system as fast as we can, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing it is as safe as it can be.
Between 1950 and 1980, the Federal Pacific Electric Company was among the most popular installers of electrical panels in the entire U.S. Today, however, FPE panels are recognized as being fire hazards — in fact, the state of New Jersey eventually filed a class action lawsuit against the Federal Pacific Electric Company for “knowingly and purposefully distribut[ing] circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards.”
Are you one of the many homeowners in the New Jersey area who still has one of these outdated, inefficient, and unsafe electrical panels? Go check right now — your electrical panel is generally located in your basement in a wall-mounted rectangular box. If it has the FPE logo on it, it’s time for an electrical panel upgrade right now.
As our technology becomes more advanced, our home’s need to be able to support more efficient equipment. Have you made a purchase of a large appliance recently? Consider:
All of these items require a certain amperage in order to properly function. Even if your purchase was a direct replacement, it still may require more amperage: this is because modern technology generally has better efficiency and, as such, handles a larger flow of current.
If your electrical panel is outdated or undersized, you may start to notice the following:
Don’t risk your family’s safety by having an electrical panel that can’t support and control the electricity in your home properly. Call Raynor Electric for an inspection and an electrical panel upgrade today, and start having safer, more efficient electricity in your home!