In years past, many electrical panels in North Texas homes were not installed for today’s electricity needs.
You’ve probably experienced a blown fuse or tripped breaker. The circuit will shut down in order to prevent overheating, which can lead to sparks and electrical fires. In many cases, you can solve the problem by switching around where things are plugged in and more evenly distribute the electricity.
Circuits are designed to shut down safely when they experience a power overload or short circuit. If you plug too many appliances into one outlet, you may be drawing more power than the circuit can handle.
In recent years, a more serious electrical issue has been revealed regarding faulty panels, specifically, electrical panels manufactured by Federal Pacific. The federal government has issued a message of caution about Federal Pacific Stab-Lok electric panels to homeowners, electricians, home inspectors and real estate agents. At issue, when a circuit breaker gets overloaded and overheats, the breaker is supposed to trip, shutting off to prevent a fire, but some of the breakers don’t work properly. The panels were installed in thousands of homes in North Texas in the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s. Federal Pacific is no longer in business.
If you live in the Garland, Mesquite, Wylie, Plano, Richardson, or Dallas Texas areas and you have a Federal Pacific breaker box, Zinsco or Zinsco-Sylvania electrical panel, it probably needs to be replaced as soon as possible. These panels have also been installed in other areas across North Texas. If you suspect you have one of these faulty panels, give us a call and we will be happy to schedule an inspection for your peace of mind.
If you’re experiencing blown fuses or tripped breakers on a regular basis, you might be due for an electrical panel upgrade. Similarly, if your lights are flickering or just aren’t fully bright, you might need a panel upgrade. In general, if your home is more than 20 years old, or if the service panel has less than 200 amps of electricity available, it’s time for a new electrical service panel. [ read more ]
Call Rockwall Electric at (972) 771-5390 to schedule a service appointment today. We will provide a comprehensive inspection of your home electrical panel, test those pesky breakers that are tripping, and honestly evaluate any safety issues in your home.
Safety, security and reliability. That’s Rockwall Electric!