Updating electric

Of more concern is that some brands of obsolete electrical panels such as Zinsco and Federal Pacific can actually be a dangerous fire hazard.

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Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series to explain insurers’ requirements for building updates and to help agents advise clients on mitigating risks inherent in older buildings.

There are a number of reasons to consider upgrading your electrical service.At the time the homes were built that was sufficient to meet the electrical needs of most homes.With the addition of dishwashers, flat screen tv’s, microwaves, hairdryers, toaster ovens and all the electrical devices we've come to depend on 60 or 100 amps is no longer sufficient to support your home's electric needs.These older wiring systems, typically with 60 to 100 amps of service, violate current electrical codes and fall short of the standard minimum of 200 amps generally needed to power a home.Installing air conditioners, new kitchen appliances, or entertainment systems may seem simple but can quickly overwhelm an older building’s capacity.While some items — wines, fine arts and antique furnishings — improve with age, most buildings do not.

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