Who knows, not I.
Another reason to not take on any exposure?
My report would say circuit breaker panel is a Challenger brand which some insurance carriers consider to be obsolete. Check with your insurance company for further verification.
The problem is that if you don’t mention them in the report, the inspector following behind you probably will, just like in Reuben’s case. With all of the negativity on the internet about the panels, it will be very hard to convince an angry client that there is no problem. Here are the first results I found on Google and will also be what the client sees first…
I agree. As far as I can tell, some Challenger breakers were recalled early on and some panels were recalled in 2014 after Eaton/Cutler took over the name. But those panels were recalled due to some “easily accessed components being a shock risk.”
But that doesn’t change the fact that a client is going to be pissed when they Google the name and see all these stories about danger and recalls and you left it out of the report. Like it or not, the internet has doomed the Challenger brand, as Reuben from Structure Tech found out.
Crappy way to make to a professional decision in my opinion. The last person I am worried about is the next inspector. People are going to come at you from all sides. If you know what your doing and why, you’re about as bullet proof as possible. I say bring on the “next guy” and I will fill your inbox with reasons why I made my call.
Not at all. The professional decision I make is to let the client know there are some historical concerns with this electrical equipment/manufacturer and to have a qualified electrical contractor review it for any recalls or safety hazards. Job done, ball no longer in my court.