Your electrical panel is the heart of your electrical system, and one of the most critical aspects of the safety of your home. Typical issues resulting from an inferior or outdated panel installation can include overloaded circuits, breakers tripping, loose connections (especially on aluminum service conductors), and worse yet, overloaded circuits and breakers that DO NOT trip, which can result in an electrical fire.
Many insurance companies will either refuse renewal or issuance of coverage based upon the age, type or quality of your electrical panel. If you have a fuse panel, or Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panel with orange breaker handles, then you may have this situation with your insurance company.
If you are in doubt about the condition of your panel, or already know you are in need of a panel change, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. With over 12 years of experience in dealing with electrical home inspections and corrections, we can guide you in the right direction!
The stability and reliability of your electrical service is crucial to the proper functioning of the electrical system throughout your entire home. There are still many homes that bring power in through an overhead wire from the electrical power line, to an overhead pole mounted to the house. In Florida, with tropical storms and hurricanes always a concern, many homeowners have experienced a storm tearing down their overhead service and leaving them without power until an emergency repair can be done. For this reason, many people have “converted” their overhead electrical service to an underground service (known as an “overhead to underground conversion”). Very often when a panel change or upgrade is done, it is also beneficial to upgrade the service at the same time as it is the most cost effective and efficient time. Some older homes with swimming pools have even been known to have overhead services dangerously close to the pool. Today’s code requirement moves the service drop safely away and alleviates this hazard. However, the better option is to go underground.
Swink Electric has extensive experience in working with Florida Power and Light, and Lake Worth Utilities, on service changes and conversions. We handle all aspects of the changeover for you with your designated utilities service planner. We also coordinate all aspects of the required utilities surveys and inspections to insure all parties involved work together seamlessly for your project.
If you have questions or would like further information about an overhead to underground service change/conversion, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.