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