Infrared Inspections

The Importance of Infrared Inspections on Your Home’s Electrical Panel

You may have seen how thermal imaging can be used on checking on potential problems with electrical panels. This is commonly done in regular inspections of multi-family apartment complexes, as well as commercial and industrial buildings. Of course, you can actually have an infrared inspection done on your home’s electrical panel, too. Why is it important to do so? What do these infrared inspections actually look for and how could it help you to have one done in your home?


The thermal imaging available with infrared cameras can point out loose or weak connections in your electrical panel. Even before removing the front panel, thermal imaging scans can find overheating – and therefore overloaded – circuit breakers and other connections. Sometimes, these are problems that can be fixed by an expert electrician fairly quickly. Other potential issues that can be discovered by a thermal imaging scan include defective electrical component and load imbalances. These are all problems that could lead to serious electrical issues later. Picking these up early can save you time, money, and potentially your entire home!


While you have the inspector there, it’s best to have them check all of your light switches and outlets, as well. There could be hot connections due to faulty wiring or load issues that you never knew were there! Especially in older homes, infrared inspections are particularly useful since the electrical work in the home may not necessarily be up to code. With today’s power load in many homes, it’s more important than ever to know if your connections are sound. The last thing you want to happen is a blown circuit or worse a potential fire hazard with the circuits becoming too hot due to overload.


Infrared inspections can detect a wide range of issues that can become dangerous. But being able to find the potential hazards lying in plain sight, you can rest assured that they can be remedied right away! Electrical problems are definitely ones to deal with as soon as possible. The sooner you know about them, the better!