What does Electrical Panel Inspection Consist of?
Whether in a home or business, the electrical panel (or panels, in a large structure) is the intersection of the electrical supplier’s incoming service wiring and the building’s internal wiring. For voltage to be safely stepped down and electricity to flow safely and reliably, the electrical panel must be correctly installed and maintained.
A good, thorough electrical panel inspection consists of these basics, following an electrical panel inspection checklist to ensure nothing is overlooked:
- Inspection of the panel cover for structural integrity;
- Openings in the panel;
- Appropriate labels;
- Proper amperage for each circuit;
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs);
- Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs);
- Workmanship and neatness of wiring layout;
- Proper grounding.
Why is Electrical Panel Inspection Needed?
While homes and businesses routinely have their roofs, driveways and paved areas, or HVAC systems serviced and inspected on regular schedules, many people do not take the time to ensure their electrical system is up to current code and safe.
A neglected electrical panel is a fire waiting to happen. Behind the protective metal cover, all sorts of harm can be building up:
- Corrosion or oxidation of wiring;
- Water leakage;
- Insect or rodent nesting and damage;
- Arcing wires.
The slightest disturbance to a poorly maintained electrical panel could upset the delicate balance and cause an electrical fire with catastrophic results.
When to Have Your Electrical Panel Inspected
Electrical panel maintenance and inspection should be a regular part of your business’s protection plan. For homeowners, inspection is warranted during any major renovation, addition to electrical service or after any safety issue.
If you suspect an uneven flow of electricity or notice brownouts or seemingly random tripping of breakers, your panel is sending warning signs that you need electrical panel inspection.
A well-trained technician can inspect your firm’s electrical panel with the highly developed eye to spot problems you may not know even exist:
- Insufficient clearance around the panel;
- Aluminum branch wiring;
- Oxidation of wiring;
- Pest damage.
These and many other unsafe conditions may not immediately cause damage or interrupt power to your facility, but they have the potential to cause a catastrophic fire and shutter your home or business.
Businesses We Serve
In addition to residents throughout South Florida, the professionals of South Florida Critical Power also offer their skills with electrical panel inspection to businesses of every size:
- Banks and check cashing institutions;
- Hospitals, senior centers and convalescent homes;
- Jewelers, furriers, cold storage facilities and other secure locations;
- Financial firms.
South Florida Critical Power stands ready to help your company deal with its emergency and backup power needs. Our highly trained technicians can provide service, inspection and repair services to your electrical panels.