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MZ Electric Turns the Ignition on Tesla Charging Station Certification

Get your engines ready. MZ Electric is now a certified Tesla Charging Station Installer. If you’re an illustrious owner of an all-electric vehicle made by Tesla, you can now work with MZ Electric to have your home outfitted with a Tesla-branded personal charging station. Tesla, like manufacturers of other electric vehicles, has a specialized charging station requiring either a wall connector or a 240-volt outlet with the included Mobile Connector. To prepare your home for charging your Tesla, MZ Electric will work with you to identify the perfect spot near where you park your car for installation of the dedicated circuit. MZ Electric is one of few certified electric companies in the Denver Metro Area to install Tesla charging equipment and adheres to strict quality, permitting and inspection requirements. For quality control and service purposes, we may be asked by Tesla to provide information regarding you and the installation, once its complete. If you don’t already have a Tesla, maybe it’s your turn to purchase one; they’ll soon release their latest model. MZ Electric is able to install any brand of electric car personal charging stations. About MZ Electric MZ Electric is a locally owned and operated, Littleton-based neighborhood electrician, specializing in residential and commercial electrical services. Repairs, remodels and/or design, MZ Electric makes clients’ projects their top priority. The company offers competitive rates for all electrical needs; plus discounts for teachers, military and seniors. Learn more about MZ Electric.

Electrical Panel Brands: Not All Are Created Equal

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.