Do you have an old home with old electrical work? If so, you could be at
Marietta electricians share some of the most common risky electrical problems that old homes face.
Four common electrical risks in old homes:
Zinsco or GTE-Sylvania panels were incredibly popular during the 70s. Despite
Zinsco no longer being around today, many homes still have these panels
inside. The circuit breaker in these panels can melt to the main bus bar,
hindering the breaker’s ability to trip when it needs to. If there
is a short circuit, the wires can melt and cause a fire. Not all Zinsco
panels are at risk, so have an electrician look at yours if your home has one.
Federal Pacific Electric panels are extremely unsafe, despite being installed
into millions of homes throughout the 50s to 80s. These panels’
circuit breakers fail to trip when there is a circuit overload or short
circuit. If a panel’s circuit breaker doesn’t trip when it’s
supposed to, it can lead to an electrical fire in your home. If your breaker
box has “Federal Pacific Electric” written on the front and
“Stab-Lok” branded on the inside of the panel, your home could
be at risk.
Fuses boxes are not inherently dangerous. In fact, many homes have fuse
boxes and are not at risk. The risk with fuses comes from using them in
an unsafe way to serve today’s energy demands. By placing too many
things on a single circuit, replacing a fuse with a bigger fuse, or replacing
the fuse with something metal creates a potential fire hazard.
Split-Bus Electrical Panels
Again, these kinds of panels are not dangerous by themselves. What makes
them dangerous is the fact that they haven’t been used for over
40 years. If your home has a split-bus electrical panel, it could be past
its expected lifespan. The circuit breakers may not trip as they are designed to.
To learn more about how you can solve these problems,
contact Lightning Bug Electric and speak with a member of our team.