Electrical Panel Brands: Not All Are Created Equal
- Wednesday, 03 January 2018 08:55
Is your home outfitted with either a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) or GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panel, or is the panel more than 10-years-old? If you answered “yes,” you’re encouraged to contact a qualified electrician as soon as possible for a thorough inspection of the panel. Doing so will safeguard you and your home against faulty designs and potential electrical hazards.
Know Your Electrical Panel Brand Name, Service Date
Once you’ve located your home’s electrical panel, look closely for the manufacturer’s name and record of its latest service date. Possible electrical panel manufactures include Siemens, General Electric, SquareD, etc. To identify a PFE panel, look for “Federal Pacific Electric” stamped on the cover of your breaker box, and Stab-Loc, the interior circuit breaker brand name, on the inside of the panel. Zinsco panels are clearly labeled as such, or as GTE-Sylvania or Sylvania. Not all Sylvania and GTE-Sylvania branded panels are dangerous.
Federal Pacific Electric and GTE Sylvania-Zinsco Electrical Panels
Millions of FPE and GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panels were installed in residential properties in the Western U.S. between 1950 and 1980, despite public service announcements warning against the potential dangers caused by these panels. Eventually, FPE was charged with violating the Consumer Fraud Act by knowingly selling circuit breaker panels not meeting UL standards, nor suspending energy when a current experienced an electrical surge. Zinsco electrical panels were publicly advised against and eventually made defunct due to multiple design flaws and fire hazards.
All electrical panels, no matter the brand, should be inspected every 10 years; home renovation projects, appliance upgrades and the introduction of advanced technology devices into the home are also good reasons for an electrical panel inspection. Only a highly qualified electrician will be able to tell you if your electrical panel is safe or not. Ensuring a properly functioning electrical panel will protect you and your home from power surges, short circuits and other potentially disastrous situations.
If you’ve discovered an FPE or GTE Sylvania-Zinsco electrical panel in your home, or your panel is more than 10-years-old, MZ Electric is your go-to for inspections. Our technicians are fully licensed and have a wide range of experience in the electrical industry. We offer extremely competitive rates for all your electrical needs. Ask about available discounts for teachers, military and seniors, as well as referral coupons.
When and Why: Upgrading Your Home’s Electrical Panel
- Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:28
Somewhere in your home is an electrical panel. It’s likely housed in a metal sheet enclosure and outfitted with breaker switches, numbers and labels, and a cobweb of wires. It’s here electricity flows to your lights, appliances and electronics straight from your local power company. Consider it the brains of your home.
If you’ve got a home renovation project in the works, adapting smart appliances or purchasing a hot tub or sauna, or incorporating an electric car charger into your home, you need to consider upgrading your electrical panel. The upgrade won’t affect the wiring inside your home; it will simply improve and safeguard your system’s ability to effectively distribute added power throughout the home.
Other reasons to upgrade your electrical panel include homes built more than 10-years-ago, flickering lights, blown fuses or excessive use of extension cords to access electrical outlets. Any irregular electrical behavior should be inspected by a properly trained electrician. And even though a repair may do the trick, an upgrade will undoubtedly improve the overall quality of the electrical system.
Don’t let upfront costs and the disruption of construction, if already in progress, stop you from upgrading your electrical panel. Both can be overlooked with savings earned by coordinating projects and/or scheduling proactive electrical work.
If you’re considering an electrical panel upgrade or repair, call MZ Electric today at 303-933-9220. We specialize in repairing and upgrading panels to 200- (most common), 320- (continuous) or 400-amp. MZ Electric is locally owned and operated, and is your neighborhood electrical contractor. Our technicians are fully licensed and have a wide range of experience in the electrical industry. We offer extremely competitive rates for all your electrical needs; plus, discounts for teachers, military and seniors, as well as referral coupons.
Sparking Conversation with the MZ Electric Blog
- Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:30
Welcome to the MZ Electric
Blog. We’re turning up the voltage on our web presence to make getting access to useful electrical-based details and tips a little easier. Consider the Blog another conduit for tapping into our expertise on all things electrical. Blog topics will range from the latest lighting design and energy-saving trends to industry news and discussion topics, relative to both residential and commercial activities. If there are specific topics you’re dying to know more about, you’re encouraged to reach out! At MZ Electric, your project is our top priority.
About MZ Electric
Locally owned and operated, MZ Electric is your neighborhood electrical contractor.
Our employees are fully licensed and have a wide range of experience in the electrical industry. We offer extremely competitive rates for all your electrical needs. Ask about available discounts for teachers, military and seniors, as well as referral coupons.