Inspector’s Report ~ Electrical components in a home
Electrical components in a home
With electrical systems in older homes you may have fuses in the panel while a modern home has circuit breakers. Regardless of what you have it should be in good condition and can be determined by a home inspector or a licensed electrician.
We always recommend an upgrade when a home has fuses. They are outdated by today’s standards. Another issue with older home and dated panels is knob and tube wiring. If you don’t know what that is think of a thread spool with thin wire running through it. If a home has it you can find most of it in the attic strung like artwork. It is dangerous for insulation or any other combustible to come in contact with this wiring. There are also dated circuit breakers and panels as well. (FPE) Federal Pacific Electric which made the “stab lok” breakers and were installed in homes from 1950’s to the 1980’s.
Anyone having these type in a home should have a panel upgrade. They are defective and dangerous not only to the structure but to human life. An inspection will reveal defective items in the electrical system that could save lives and property.