What if you see paint over spray inside the electric panel box?
THERE SHOULD NEVER BE PAINT OVER SPRAY
INSIDE THE ELECTRIC PANEL BOX!
This is an office condo. If it's there not been proper oversight by the condo management, the condo owners and the paint company is unprofessional.
Why remove the cover from the electric panel box to paint?
Certainly painters have little to no reason to remove a panel box cover.
And if they do, they have substantial reason(s) to cover and protect it!
So, what does painting components inside the panel box cause.
Simply put - stress.
And the stress can cause other problems, particularly heat.
See the blue color on the screws clamping down on the braided copper wire? Many electricians have told me that means heat. And in particular it means too much heat over a long period of time.
The breaker in question is the nearly-white one on the lower right in the thermal image. I broke out the camera because the breaker felt warm to the back of my hand.
Not super hot, it is 132F. But the heat pump had only been running for 1/2 hour at this point.
The heat pump is not very old - 2008. It's maintenance is unknown.
The condo is 1982 vintage and the heat pump 2008, so the HVAC has likely been replaced more than once.
Some brands and brand years want circuit breakers to be updated when their units are installed. The breaker above that services it does not appear to have been replaced when the unit was upgraded. In fact, it looks older than the others around it!
But notice how the breaker in question is influencing the one to its left and the main just above. That is undue stress!
An electrician evaluated the box for this, and many other problems, and pronounced things unfit overall and some major work would be needed. So my client was happy with the report and results of the inspection.
My recommendation: over spray on circuit breakers can be seen with the cover still on the box. But removing the cover is necessary to really see the condition of things overall. This is true in a condo (if they permit it) and a residence. Thermal cameras can make visual what can be felt with the hand - heat and undue stress. And thermal cameras can lend credence to the idea that stress is undesirable. Plus, the side benefit as always, thermographers are all really cute.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560