What Is Infrared-Imaging Inspection and What Are Its Advantages?
One of the challenges of promptly servicing a home with needed electrical repairs is detecting issues that require attention right away. Infrared imaging inspection is a great diagnostic tool for examining a home's electrical system and pinpointing malfunctions.
Infrared electrical inspections work by detecting "hot spots" or areas where excess heat is being given off by electrical-system components. These hot spots detect abnormal overheating that indicate a problem that could lead to component damage, safety issues, and losses in system efficiency.
The following are five of the reasons why infrared imaging is an excellent diagnostic tool that can help keep a home electrical system in the best possible condition.
Problems can be detected before they become severe
Developing problems can become apparent through infrared imaging before they are otherwise detectable. Infrared imaging can allow an issue to be addressed early so that problems don't become more severe and lead to emergency shutdowns of the entire electrical system.
Problems that can't be detected in any other way can become uncovered
Some electrical system issues may only be detectable through infrared imaging because they are located in out-of-sight components that are not readily accessible.
Electrical-system components that may make the detection of problems impossible without infrared imaging include power transformers, motor control systems, motors themselves, and bus connections.
Problems originating from any equipment in an entire home electrical system can be discovered and repaired
When infrared imaging is not used to inspect a home electrical system, different diagnostic techniques may be necessary for different components of the system.
However, when infrared imaging is used, one technique and one set of equipment can be used to diagnose problems in any part of the electrical system. This makes inspections as fast, convenient, and thorough as possible.
Equipment lifespan is maximized
Undetected malfunctions in electrical-system equipment like motors, transformers, circuit brakers, and air compressors can prematurely age equipment. Prematurely aged equipment will need to be serviced and replaced more frequently than equipment that maintains its condition as long as possible.
If components need to be serviced and replaced less often, maintaining the entire home electrical system will be less expensive.
Inspections are less invasive
Without infrared imaging inspection, it's often necessary to remove wall coverings or other components of a home's interior and exterior structure to get at electrical components.
Infrared imaging uses thermography to get at electrical system components that remain covered by drywall, wall studs, and other structural components of a home's walls and floors.
For more information, talk to a professional such as Morris Electric Contracting & Service, Inc.