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Electrical Panel Safety

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.

Do you know if your home has the correct electrical panel? Is your panel sure to protect you in the case of an emergency? Electrical current, as we said, can be extremely hazardous, and the experts at Raynor Electric want to be sure you’re safe. Find the answers to the following questions — if you suspect you have one or several of these issues, call Raynor for an inspection and panel upgrade today.

Do You Have a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panel?

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Are you one of the many homeowners in the New Jersey area who still has one of these outdated, inefficient, and unsafe electrical panels?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.

Is Your Panel Able to Support the Electricity in Your Home?

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:

  • Refrigerators
  • Dish Washers
  • Laundry Machines
  • Hot Tubs
  • Furnace
  • New HD Television
  • Water Heater

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.

Are You Currently Noticing the Warning Signs of Panel Failure?

If your electrical panel is outdated or undersized, you may start to notice the following:

  • Flickering Lights (particularly when larger appliances turn on)
  • Visible Rust/Discoloration on the panel
  • Buzzing Sounds from Machine
  • Lightbulbs Appliances Have Shorter Lifespans than Estimated
  • Power Surges Become Frequent
  • You Never Have Enough Outlets for Your Devices

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!