I’ve read much here on the forum subject of infrared inspections of electrical components; there appears to be little consensus. I currently perform an infrared inspection of breaker panels specifically looking for hot components. When I say hot, I mean significantly higher than what I normally see. I report that I have observed a breaker or component that is hotter than what I normally see and suggest a licensed electrician evaluate the component.
Do you see any liability incurred in reporting something that appears to not be normal?
I will also be adding the statement below to me inspection template:
“A visual and infrared examination of the breaker panels is performed during the course of the inspection; a visual and infrared inspection does not ensure all components are operating properly, but rather the system appears to be properly installed and appears to be functioning normally. Any visual defects or anomalies will be reported. Load calculations and normal operating temperature of any given breaker or component is not determined as part of this inspection. Breaker temperatures are affected by many factors; A breaker that is not in use or is not under full load may not indicate elevated temperatures. If the infrared inspection shows a component that is significantly hotter than what we normally see, we suggest a licensed electrician evaluate the affected components.”
Any edits to this statement or advice on the topic anyone cares to offer?
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