Del-Air Electrical, a Florida based electrical contracting company, urges homeowners to inspect their electrical panels for safety issues.
Del-Air Electrical based in Sanford, Florida advises homeowners to schedule an annual review of their electrical circuit panel for defects, malfunctions, over-current or short circuits.
Joe Strada Owner of Del-Air Electrical states “For years millions of homes in the United States were built with electrical panels that we are now finding can potentially be a fire hazard. Some of the faulty electrical panels are overheating and catching fire due to the breaker failing to trip when an extreme amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into a home’s panel or circuits. Panels and breakers can operate properly for years however when they malfunction the result can be deadly. “
An electrical panel is the central area that houses all of the circuit breakers in a home. This panel constantly distributes and receives electricity. A circuit breaker is designed to protect a home from over-currents or short circuits and any damage they may create.
“There are many older homes in Central Florida including areas of Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood, Mt. Dora and Orange City that could be in danger. We highly recommend that homeowners with an older home call a licensed electrical contractor to inspect their panel. There are two types of electrical panels typically found in a home, both types can be faulty. A Federal Pacific Electric Panel and a Zinsco Electric Panel have both had their share of malfunctions. Our Central Florida electrical contractors have found the Zinsco Panels do not offer the level of over-current or fire protection provided by most other manufactured electrical panels and circuit breakers while the Federal Pacific Electric Panel we have found to be a safety defect. Our electricians question the operating reliability of a Federal Pacific Circuit Breaker Panel. The function of the breakers are to trip if an electrical fire develops therefore minimizing a fire. If the breaker is defective a total loss will most likely result” explains Strada.
According to the American Safety Institute have three major reported faults with both the Federal Pacific Panel and the Zinsco Electric Panel. The Institute reports the following: 1)Neither the Federal Pacific Electric Panels nor the Zinsco panels may not pass updated safety codes, 2) Both the Federal Pacific Panels and the Zinsco Panels may have significant design flaws, and 3) Both the Federal Pacific Panels and Zinsco Panels may have manufacturing defects.
The institute further states that problems with certain Zinsco electrical panels cannot be seen from the outside and are also difficult to be seen once the cover is removed. They recommend homeowners call a licensed electrician to inspect the panel for damage.
“Often times a breaker will melt and more or less weld together but still be conducting electricity. A homeowner generally won’t notice this and could get injured if they try and tinker with the circuit or any wiring inside the Panel box. It’s really safer for the homeowner to call a licensed electrician to inspect the panel if they smell burning, hear a pop or have no electricity” adds Strada.
Del-Air Electrical is located at 531 Codisco Way, Sanford Florida 32771. All of their electrical contractors are licensed and insured to service both residential and commercial jobs. Del-Air Electrical services customers throughout the Central Florida area including Sanford, Heathrow, Lake Mary, Longwood, Maitland, Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Edgewater, Orange City, Mt. Dora, Eustis and Daytona Beach.
To schedule an electrical inspection or panel review consumers are asked to call Del-Air Electrical at 877-906-1113 or visit our contact us page at www.delairelectrical.com and fill out our online form.