In the early 1930’s a man by the name of Emile Zinsmeyer founded a company named the Zinsmeyer Company. The Zinsmeyer Company manufactured electrical circuit breakers and distribution panels. In the early 1940’s Emile Zinsmeyer’s youngest son took over the family business and renamed the company “ZINSCO”. By 1973 the company was sold to GTE-Sylvania who continued to manufacture under the name ZINSCO for many years until the product was discontinued due to many hazards associated with the circuit breakers.
ZINSCO circuit breakers proved to have design flaws in which the circuit breakers would become loose upon connection to the bus bars causing arcing and overheating. Long term overheating of these circuit breakers would cause the circuit breakers to fuse to the bus bars and become very difficult to remove. Another hazard caused by overheating was the fusing together of the circuit breakers which would cause issues with the tripping mechanism which in turn lead to lights flickering, circuitry issues, and in some cases fires.
If your home or soon to be home has a ZINSCO circuit breaker panel and you have questions regarding how to address the issue, please do not hesitate to give us a call today and one of our professional electricians can discuss your concerns with you and/or schedule an appointment for an electrical evaluation. Have peace of mind knowing your home’s electrical system is safe.
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