ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS SPECIALISTS
Service entrance & Panels
We inspect the service drop, overhead service conductors and attachment point, the service head, gooseneck and drip loops. The service mast, conduits, raceway, electric meter, service-entrance conductors, the main service disconnect, panelboards, over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses) grounding and bonding.
Electrical systems are groups of electrical components connected to carry out some operation of cabling and associated devices such as switches, distribution boards, sockets and light fittings in a structure.
Aluminum wire was common in North American residential wiring from the late 1960s to mid-1970s due to the rising cost of copper. Because of its greater resistivity, aluminum wiring requires larger conductors than copper. For instance, instead of 14 AWG (American wire gauge) copper wire, aluminum wiring would need to be 12 AWG on a typical 15 ampere lighting circuit, though local building codes vary.
Copper wire in electrical devices have multiple beneficial properties, including their high electrical conductivity, tensile strength, ductility, creep resistance, corrosion resistance, thermal conductivity, coefficient of thermal expansion, resistance to electrical overloads, compatibility with electrical insulators and ease of installation.
Brach Circuits, receptacles & Fixtures
We inspect a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible, all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles, circuit breakers observed deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester where possible and the presence of smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.
How is Electricity Used in Homes?
According to national averages, electricity is consumed by American homes in the following distribution:
•Water heating: 14%;
•Large appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers: 13%;
•Other household appliances, including stoves, ovens and microwaves, and smaller appliances, such as coffee makers and dehumidifiers, power adapters, and ceiling fans: 11%; and
•Electronics, such as computers, TVs and DVD players: 4%.
At Approved Inspections we specialize in Home Inspection & Electrical Systems Inspections. Call Us Today