Infrared Detects Faulty Electrical Wiring, Breakers and Fuses

Home Inspector with Massachusetts Home Inspections MA. License#566

Infrared electrical inspections are completely safe, fast, and very reliable. These inspections are non contact and can be performed at any time of the day without disturbing the occupants or shutting down the electrical supply to your home.

Nearly everything that transmits electricity will get very hot before it finally fails. A cost effective power management is critical to maintaining the reliability of the electrical system throughout your home before it causes a fire. A deficient connection between electrical components can result in resistance which will manifest in an apparent temperature elevation when compared to similar types of connections under similar load conditions. Electrical hot spots can be identified in many areas throughout your home, which include faulty wiring, overloads at electrical connections and components throughout your home, overloaded or undersized circuits, defective circuit breakers that are in need of immediate replacement, hot branch wiring, defective wall switches and outlets, as well as any loose overheating connections, especially with any aluminum wiring connections.

I will safely scan all electrical equipment in and around your home, looking for thermal patterns that indicate a heating anomaly. Most of your electrical connections will always appear as "Hot" areas, but the more severe heating anomalies will be detected with infrared imaging and this fire issue will be brought to your attention immediately. I will then prepare a detailed infrared electrical report that will include both thermal and digital images in a side by side comparison format. Your report will detail the absolute temperature measurements along with outlining the severity of the anomaly and will include recommendations to have any dangerous situations corrected.

An undetected electrical weakness in your home can lead to deadly house fires and a catastrophic failure of your electrical system. For the safety of you and your family, I recommend you have your entire electrical system thermally scanned on an annual basis.


This panel is absolutely fine, but the IR image (on the right) is detecting 3 hot spots. Only an experienced Thermographer will be able to properly interpret those three hot spots as normal temperatures for AFCI breakers.


Now...we've got issues


Comments (7)

Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop
Cool pics.  Technology makes us safer again!
May 02, 2008 03:56 AM
Kevin O'Shea
Coldwell Banker - White Plains, NY
White Plains, NY Real Estate

That is just amazing - I learned something today, I can go back to bed now  :).

All the best!

May 02, 2008 04:13 AM
David Valley
Massachusetts Home Inspections - Methuen, MA
Massachusetts Home Inspections



Yes, it certaintly does and technology will never cease to improve. IMO... Infrared is the best technology in the world. Especially when it was introduced into the residential market.

May 02, 2008 10:34 PM
David Valley
Massachusetts Home Inspections - Methuen, MA
Massachusetts Home Inspections


I'm glad to see that you've learned something from my posting.

Did you have a good nights rest?

May 02, 2008 10:35 PM
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector


I have also done this type of infrared inspection. Electrical testing is by far the largest use of infrared for many of the reasons you stated. I have however focused on the industrial and manufacturing businesses instead of residential.

Nice images by the way.

May 02, 2008 11:45 PM
David Valley
Massachusetts Home Inspections - Methuen, MA
Massachusetts Home Inspections


You are correct.

How are you marketing to the industrial giants?

May 02, 2008 11:50 PM
Brent King

The technology is what I love, I make my living from industrial imaging alos log home imaging. Take a look at www.infraredthermalimaging.

Jan 02, 2009 12:56 PM