When our electricians make a service visit to your home they may ask to take a look at your electrical panel. The reason for this is to gain more knowledge of your electrical system and wiring methods. Obvious things we are initially looking for are tripped circuit breakers, blown fuses, signs of heat, corrosion, loose connections and other safety concerns. But a knowledgeable residential electrician will take notice of more.
The model and make of your electrical panel (sometimes referred to as a circuit panel) is significant because it can signify if the panel is a Zinsco or Federal Pacific which are hazardous and should be replaced. If it is a Push-o-matic or a Wadsworth panel our electricians may also recommend a circuit panel replacement, something required frequently in Minnesota homes.
Another reason the model of the electrical panel is important is because the removable circuit breakers installed inside your panel should be the same model and make as your specific electrical panel. Many times different brands of circuit breakers are jammed into panels to which they don’t belong. When our electricians see this they know that someone who didn’t know their stuff was performing work on your system. When we see poor craftsmanship such as this it tells us to expect the unexpected.
If your electrical panel is in an unfinished area of your Minnesota home, our electricians are able to get a feel for the age of visible wiring and take note of obvious alterations to the original electrical system. These observations combined with years of experience in residential electrical work allow us the information to make the best recommendations to you, our customer.