Everything looks good to the common eye when looking at an electrical panel?  I beg to differ.   Issues can still lye dormant even when electrical testing equipment is used on wiring in a breaker box.  I believe that a thermal imager should be used on every home inspection.  This is exactly why my clients hired me to perform a home inspection on their new home in Deerfield, Illinois.

In this article I will be concentrating on electrical scans primarily.  Please understand that the uses of the Fluke or Flir thermal imager is unlimited.  We use it for scanning of exterior walls for water intrusion, insulation issues and energy losses.  We use it for scanning ceilings below bathrooms for water issues from tubs, toilets, showers and sinks.  We scanned the interior walls of the Deerfield home inspection and found issues around the front and patio doors that had issues with energy deficiencies.

The Fluke and Flir thermal imagers are used on a breaker box to see if there is a temperature difference.  When we see that there is an issue like in the image supplied  we suggest an electrician come and investigate further.  The issue at hand is overloading of this circuit with to many fixtures in the home.  The remedy for this electrical box is to separate the fixtures throughout the home and run a dedicated breaker to eliminate overheating.

Remedies or repair costs for electrical issues that were found at the Deerfield home inspection range in costs from $200.00 -  $1000.00 depending on how much work it takes the electrician to find the junction box and start the separation of various circuits and fixtures.

If you are hiring a professional home inspection service I would ask if they use Fluke or Flir thermal imagers.  If they don’t you might want to find a professional home inspection service that does.  Its your home and your money why not do it right?

If you have further questions about the use of Fluke or Flir thermal imagers on electrical panels please contact me at The Thermal Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke

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