Think of it this way: if your car breaks down, you wouldn’t call a handyman, but would go right to a trusted mechanic. General home inspectors may have a strong knowledge base to draw from, but when it comes to ensuring the safety of your home’s electrical system it’s best to call a qualified electrician.
Home Electrical System FAQ
We are asked a lot of fantastic questions during our home electrical system inspections. Here are a few of the most common, but we’d be happy to address yours specifically when we have the opportunity to serve you.
Q: Is My Electrical Panel Safe?
A. This depends on the age, installation quality, and (in some cases) the brand. Since standards and technology are always evolving, and your panel is used 24/7, we recommend a replacement when it reaches 20 years old. We’d also add that if your panel is a Zinsco or Federal Pacific, it’s definitely time for a new one.
Q: How Long Does It Take To Replace an Electrical Panel?
A. If the panel is the only element in your electrical system that’s being replaced, the job can typically be done in one day. If it involves both the meter and the panel, it can take up to two days. Don’t worry, though: we won’t leave you without power
Q: Can I Replace My Electrical Panel Myself?
A. Technically, yes. But remember, being an electrician requires years of training and specialized credentials. Not even an electrical engineer is allowed to install electrical, so is it something you really want to tackle yourself?