Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kind of problems can you find with infrared inspection?

Almost all electrical faults will exhibit excess heat. Loose or deteriorated connections, faulty breakers, overloaded circuits, load imbalances worn or pitted contactor points, even excess harmonic patterns on transformer coils can be visualized.

2. Can the inspection be performed without any service interruptions?

Almost all electrical equipment has a service interlock that allows access for inspection without shutting off the power.

3. Will the inspection be performed during normal working hours?

All equipment should be inspected while under normal load. Your facility should be operating normally.

4. Do the panel covers have to be removed for this inspection?

It is impossible to properly inspect a breaker panel with the covers or deadfronts installed. We will not inspect any panel that has its covers in place.

5. Do you remove/replace the covers?

It is most common that onsite personnel remove/replace the covers. Certified Infrared can perform this function for a small additional charge.

6. How long will the inspection take?

The limiting factor is usually how fast the covers can be removed/replaced.

7. What kind of report can I expect at the end of the inspection?

A full written report detailing all the thermal anomalies detected with a thermal and full color image for each problem. Certified Infrared will also recommend repair procedures based on the severity of the problem and the criticality of the piece of equipment. You will also receive a full list all the equipment that was inspected.

8. Is it important that the thermographer be a licensed electrician?

A thorough detailed familiarity with the equipment inspected is paramount to an accurate diagnosis. One week training courses to “Certify” thermographers cannot substitute for the many years of experience it takes to obtain a state electrical contractor’s license. All of our thermographers were licensed electricians before becoming thermographic electrical inspectors.

9. If my electrical contractor has an IR camera, can he do my IR inspection?

Your electrical contractor may or may not be an effective thermographer. It is always a good idea to use an independent third party because if your electrical contractor finds a problem, he is in effect creating his own work and / or certifying his own repairs. Certified Infrared has no vested interest in what we find.

Our Services:

Commercial Electrical IR Inspection

Preventative Inspections for electrical and information hubs

Commercial Roof IR Inspection

Thermal anomaly detection in Commercial Roofing Systems.

Mechanical Inspection

Preventative Maintenance for pumps, motors, and industrial equipment.
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