The electrical panel is the heart of any electrical system. It distributes power coming into your home through circuits. Each circuit is protected by a breaker. Breakers trip when a circuit draws too much power. It is important that the breaker be the right size for the circuit it protects. Hot, buzzing, or constantly tripping breakers are signs of trouble in your panel. It is important to maintain and check your electrical panel regularly to prevent major damage.
Is your panel overloaded? The modern home is full of high-tech and high-power electronics and appliances that the original home builder may not have anticipated. Subsequently, many older homes with original panels are overloaded and present a major fire risk. Overloaded panels generate heat before they short or burn which helps us catch problems before they become dangerous and costly.
Are Federal Pacific or Zinsco panels safe? No, Federal Pacific panels were installed by the thousands in the 1970’s and 80’s. Unfortunately, the Federal Pacific design (copied by Zinsco) was faulty and overloaded circuit breakers fail or melt instead of “tripping”. This led to many house fires, a class action lawsuit, and then bankruptcy for the company. Many of these dangerous and obsolete panels are still in use throughout Asheville.
For more information on the dangers of these obsolete panels click on one of the following links: Federal Pacific or Zinsco
The Neighborhood Electrician’s electrical services can upgrade your electrical meter and panel and bring more electrical power into your home. Our technicians can also install an outside disconnect to protect your home from fire and a new grounding system to protect your family from electrical shock. Our complete electrical service upgrade includes a new panel, new meter, new grounding system, new breakers, and new service entry wire. A complete service upgrade is the ultimate fix to dimming or flickering lights.