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Old Wiring, An Old Circuit Breaker, And A New Appliance

I always wonder when I see old wiring, an old circuit breaker, and a new appliance.

The house was built in 1965 and everything is original.

The circled breaker services the range.  There is a new range in the kitchen.

This panel box had been painted so many times I didn't even think about trying to remove the cover.  I thought it to be too dangerous.

There were no labels any longer, so I could not identify the brand.

I am always interested in seeing what happens to circuit breakers when appliances are tested.

A thermal look at the box prior to turning it on showed the breakers to be 55F.

So I turned on all four burners and the oven.

After five minutes I turned everything off.

The temperature of the breaker was rising rapidly and I did not want to cause a problem!

You can even see heat on the right side of the box.

Inside it's really hot inside there!

What's the problem?  Old receptacle?  Old wiring?  Loose connections?  A breaker that cannot handle the current?  I don't know.  But I turned it off!

My recommendation:   before you install new electrical appliances in an older house, it is prudent to have an electrician come by to evaluate things.  It might be that the electrical components in the house cannot handle the new whatever!   That is information you want to know BEFORE you remodel or move in!  Electrical fires happen!  But, hiring a home inspector who can see what is going on in a panel box is a great way to go.  And the best way to do that is to call Mighty Mo.  He loves getting out of his box.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 15 commentsJay Markanich • February 26 2016 03:37AM

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Jay Markanich That Thermal Imaging Camera of your is worth its weight in gold! You sure earned your inspection fee on this one and the buyer should be so pleased. Thanks for this post!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty National) over 2 years ago

Good information as always.  I enjoy reading your blogs.

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker along 30a (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE) over 2 years ago

Thanks S&N.  I think Mighty Mo is the sharpest arrow in my quiver.

Peter - and I am glad you do!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Awww, that picture makes me all nostalgic for the home I grew up in - we had a box just like that.

Hopefully by now it's been upgraded!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 2 years ago

That was the buyer's desire Kat, but who knows if it will be done.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Great advice about not assuming anything! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Some things you have to check Wayne.  And some things you want to!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Looks like a rainbow after the tornado which has started most of the damage and just waiting to be put out!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

Not a bad analogy, Raymond.  I put this one out by turning off the range!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Yowsa, you don't even need a range with that hot baby there! Maybe time for a new panel & breakers?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

Mayhap, Fred!  That baby was heating up fast.  I was afeared, I was.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Big Mo saves the day again Jay Markanich .   That looks like the start of a proverbial "electrical fire" to me.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - ( NMLS #268590 ), Virginia Mortgage Loan Originator (American National Bank and Trust) over 2 years ago

That heated up pretty quick, Deanna.  I would wonder what might happen cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for hours.  Or even a regular dinner for 60 minutes!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Now that is scary!  It always amazes me how many problems are discovered by Mighty Mo.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

I worried that this might be a problem and only had to wait 5 minutes, Stephen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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