Replacing Your Electrical Service
If we determine your panel or service equipment is worn out, we can give you options for repairing the damaged portions. But what does worn out electrical service equipment look like and why is it a problem?
- Cracked open exterior wires. Once the insulation splits open, the cable acts just like a hose and diverts rain water directly into your electrical panel. Not only is this a shock hazard, but it leads to corrosion.
- Electrical boxes and panels that are rusty on the outside often have corrosion on the electrical connections on the inside. Corroded connections heat up, and can cause fires.
- Faint sizzling, popping, or crackling sounds coming from your panel. This is an audible sign of a corroded or dirty connection. The electric is trying to get through, but the increased resistance from the corrosion is making it sputter like a tiny welder. This damages the main bus bar in the panel and will eventually lead to fire.
- Federal Pacific and Zinsco electrical panels. Easily identified by black and red handles on Federal Pacific and solid colored red, white, blue, and green handles on Zinsco panels. These two brands were not designed properly and are known to malfunction and not disconnect power to branch circuits when they are supposed to. This can lead to overheating anywhere along the wires in the branch circuit or devices. This not only has the potential to damage the wiring in your walls, but can lead to fires as well.
- Fuse boxes. While they did not have inherent defects, fuse boxes have not been installed as residential service equipment for close to 50 years. This is well past the serviceable life of the equipment.
A new electrical service will give you peace of mind that the backbone of your home’s electrical system is safe and reliable for years to come.