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Zinsco Electrical Panels

Pushmatic Electrical Panels

Federal Pacific Electric Company Electrical Panels

Safety Upgrading

Unfortunately, panels that were installed years and decades ago have been discovered to be unsafe. Some are inadequate as well. Whatever the situation, an upgrade will be needed to correct the issue. Some of these panels might be limited to or can include the following:

Zinsco Electrical Panels

Zinsco cut ties with the electrical business back in the ‘70s. This is when they stopped making panels and electrical products. It was a design flaw along with a plethora of other issues that led to the eventual shutdown of the company. Customers were experiencing shorts and melting breakers. There were even instances when breakers in these panels looked like they were flipped, but were still providing power to circuits.

Fuse Boxes

There aren’t many fuse boxes around today. And, there are several good reasons for this. One of the reasons was that these devices were only designed to handle 60 amps at the most. In today’s electrical world, appliances can range anywhere from 100 to 200 amps. This would cause most modern fuse boxes to overheat and short or melt. It simply wouldn’t be good.

One might assume that you could just use a bigger fuse to counter the issue. Unfortunately, this is also a dangerous alternative. This would eventually lead to more problems as well. Another problem with these panels was on the troubleshooting end. Electricians could easily slip and poke their fingers into hot electricity when simply swapping out a fuse.

Pushmatic Electrical Panels

Pushatic panels did not have a main breaker, which means that people could not simply cut power to a single switch. Combine this with breakers constantly resetting and not flipping back, and you can see what these panels quickly became outdated. Breakers in these panels were also known for being weak and having problems staying active.

Federal Pacific Electrical Company Electric Panels

Millions and millions of people had Federal Pacific panels in their homes and businesses. It is likely that there are still some out there. They were popular during the ‘50s and ‘80s, but have since been mostly phased out. They were proven flawed and could eventually lead to shocks and potential fires. In fact, the issue was so serious with these panels that the entire state of New York filed a lawsuit against the company.

There were claims that these panels weren’t even tested before being put on the market. There is no denying that they violate several safety regulations. If your home or business has one of these panels, you’ll want t change it out immediately. If you are unsure about the type of panel you have or how to proceed, you can give our local Brooklyn New York offices a call.

You’ll either need to replace it with a suitable 100 or 200 amp electrical panel. Our company can help you determine your home’s needs and how to proceed from here.

Commonly Asked Panel Upgrade Questions

Does My Panel Need Upgrading?

What Is An Electrical Panel?

Might My Panel Be Too Small?

What Does An Upgrade Today Cost?

Does My Panel Need Upgrading?

When it comes right down to it, there are two main reasons to upgrade an electrical panel. One would be that the pane is simply too small and not complying with the needs of the home. The second would be that the panel is unsafe and poses a potential threat. A threat of a fire or shock. These are all things that our techs can help you determine. Not only this, but we can even swap put that panel for you.

What Is An Electrical Panel?

Electrical panels are no doubt complicated, but they become much easier if you think of them as a tree. The tree branches would be like the wires, flowing from the panel, providing power to the wired appliances and devices. The panel and breakers simply moderate how much electricity each device or appliance gets. If something gets too much power, it’ll overheat or potentially melt. Something doesn’t get enough power and it either won’t run or run inadequately.

Melted wires pose a potential threat for home and homeowners. They’ll not only destroy the devices they are connected to, but they’ll shock you if you touch them. The electrical panel is designed to prevent such situations by regulating the amount of electricity that flows to a device. If a breaker is tripping or a fuse is blowing, it could that too much electricity is flowing through it. One of the best ways to stop this is by turning off the power and upgrading the breaker or fuse. It might even be possible that the wire needs to be upgraded as well. This is something we can determine.

If you want your home to be safe and the devices in it to work efficiently, you’ll need an adequate panel that is properly sized with the right wires. Sometimes people refer to an electrical panel by many different names. Some might call it a breaker box, whereas some might refer to it as a fuse board, circuit panel or box, fuse box, load center, electrical service, service panel, main panel, or distribution board. They are virtually mean the same thing.

Is My Panel Too Small?

One of the reasons that a panel might need to be upgraded is that it is too small. Panels might end up being too small when there are additions. Adding an air conditioner, renovating the kitchen, or adding additional appliances might cause more of a load. We can provide you with either a 100 amp or 200 amp electrical upgrade.

What Does An Upgrade Cost?

Unfortunately, it is difficult for us to give you an accurate quote online. We don’t want to lie to our customers or make them feel like we are cheating them. This is why if you need a panel upgrade, it is best if we dispatch out a tech. A tech that can assess the situation and present you with the best options as well as a cost grid for those options. Give us a call today!

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