Outdated Electric Panels can't Handle Current Electrical Needs
Today's society depends more that ever on electricty. Most people have at least one computer, several televisions, a stero system, cell phones, clock radios, and the list continues. All of these devices require electricity to function.
More than half the homes today were constructed before the 1970's, according to the US Census Bureau. That means more than half were built decades before many of these modern, electronic conveniences were invented. A majority of these older homes possessed no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps.
Federal Pacific Electric Panel Boxes Can Be Fire Hazards
Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of electrical panels in North America from the 1950's to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Over time, electricians and home inspectors found as many as 60% of all Federal Pacific Electric panels would sometimes fail to provide necessary protection to homeowners. Experts say that certain panels could appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they could overheat and become fire hazards. Many insurance companies will deny insurance coverage to homes and other buildings with FPE Panels.
New 60 Circuit Electrical Panel
If you need a new electrical panel and want the latest and greatest with some extra space, Total Comfort suggests the Cutler Hammer 60 Circuit Panel by Eaton. The below pictures show one of our recent installations complete with a flush mounted surge protector and an interlock switch for use with a portable generator.