Many times electric panels have hidden concerns that can lead to safety problems. These concerns will only be discovered when the cover is removed, such as during a Home Inspection. Homeowners should NEVER remove an electric panel cover, leave this to the professionals such as a Home Inspector or Electrician.
Some hidden concerns that can lead to trouble are:
-Rust or corrosion / water entry, mainly from the exterior.
-Double tapped breakers.
-Improper sized breakers.
-Burnt wires, to name a few.
The above photo shows a burnt white neutral wire, in the center, that I discovered during a recent New Jersey Home Inspection, this is a real safety concern and further evaluation by an electrician was recommended.
Home Inspections are important to you and your family.