I am in the process of completing the 120-hour pre-licensing course. As I go through the service and distribution panels in my home, I found that the wire sizes do not match with the amperage on the circuit breakers such as 12 AWG to 20 amp breaker and 10 AWG to 30 amp breakers. I read the previous discussions about the same topic and found out that either I will have to match the amperage from the data plate to report whether the size is correct or recommend further evaluation by a certified electrician. I have a couple of questions about this issue.
Isn’t it technically exhaustive to go through each data plate to find out whether the circuit breaker is connected with the correct size of wire?
If I recommend having it checked by a certified electrician, am I not taking easy way out, not doing my job properly as a home inspector?
I understand that what is wrong is wrong. The undersized wire is a fire hazard. But there wasn’t any problem since they built the house back in 1992. Do I still need to mention it in the report as a safety concern or something to budget for future repair?
Thank you in advance for your thoughts.