The 4 Dangerous Electric Panels
These breakers were commonly installed in homes around the United States from the 1950s to the 1990s. Several tests over the years have shown that one in four of these breakers will be defective and not properly trip, causing a fire hazard. Don’t be a victim to something that is preventable. Check your panel today.
Zinsco was a very popular electrical panel brand. While there are very few of these breakers in operation today, because of their popularity, we still occasionally run across them in older homes. As society’s electrical demands increased, these breakers were not able to keep up. It was found that they would allow electricity to burn until the wires melted, leaving homes at risk of fire and homeowners at risk for shock.
Sylvania panels were used in the US in the 60s and 70s. They were Zinsco panels, bought out by Sylvania, and the only major change in the panel was the Sylvania logo. They have the same problems as Zinsco panels. If you have one of these breakers, they are also uninsurable.
These types of breakers are so old they don’t manufacture any replacement parts anymore. Besides being archaic, they’ve are also grease-fed breakers, which means that if they are not used and serviced regularly, they become difficult to operate. If you have one of these, you definitely need an update.