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Why are electrical issues so boring?

Do you know the condition of the wire connections to your electrical service disconnect (main breaker)?

servive panelIf you are still reading and your eyes are not glazed over and have not clicked away to something more interesting, I pose this as a serious question.

My point is that I suspect that nearly 100% of my readers have no clue as to this condition or any other conditions inside their electrical service panel.  Your service panel likely just sits wherever it sits and just looks “normal.”  Inside the panel however, all manner of problems can be brewing. 

Loose connections that can lead to arcing, overheating and loss of function are perhaps the most common things that homeowners will likely be clueless about---until things stop working that is.

It is best practice to have your service panel (and other panels for that matter) checked professionally every couple of years---and I would consider it “required” within every five years.

So back to my original question.

Do you know the condition of the wire connections to your service disconnect?

Are you sure they do not look like the connections in the following picture?

corrosion on connections 

 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsCharles Buell • June 27 2013 06:10AM
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