Inspection Training

How to Inspect the Circuit Label on the Electrical Panel

While the inspector is inspecting the electrical panel they should check to make sure that all of the circuits are labeled properly. If they are missing or unclear it should be called out as a defect. Please review the complete procedure below.

NACHI SOP

International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection

 

3.7. Electrical

 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

N/A

 

II. The inspector shall describe:

N/A

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

N/A

 

IV. The inspector is not required to:

P. Determine the accuracy of labeling.

 

Axium SOP Differences

Axium Requires: The inspector will observe whether the circuit labels are present or not at the electrical panel.

 

Tools Needed

No tools required to inspect the circuit labels.

Procedure

  • Before taking off the front cover of the panel the inspector should observe the circuit labels to see if every breaker is labeled and is legible. We do not verify whether the labels are correct. There is just one picture for this section and it should be showing that the labels are present and legible. If there are no labels present or legible you would take a picture showing that and put it down as repair and replace statement.

               

Common Defects

  • Circuit labels being partial, missing, or illegible.

 

Common Mistakes

  • Not checking to see if all of the circuits are labeled and are legible.

 

Report / Software

IN


  • The circuit label for the [word 1] electrical service panel is shown in the photo. Circuits in the main service panel were labeled. The accuracy of the labeling was not verified. When the opportunity arises, we recommend verifying the accuracy of the labeling by actually operating the breakers.
    • Identify:
      • Main
      • Sub

NI

  • N/A

NP

  • A label identifying individual electrical circuits was missing, partial, or illegible at the [word 1] electrical service panel. The service panel should contain a clearly marked label identifying individual circuits so that in an emergency, individual circuits can be quickly shut off. The inspector recommends that a circuit label be installed by a qualified electrical contractor.
    • Identify:
      • Main
      • Sub

RR

  • A label identifying individual electrical circuits was missing, partial, or illegible at the [word 1] electrical service panel. The service panel should contain a clearly marked label identifying individual circuits so that in an emergency, individual circuits can be quickly shut off. The inspector recommends that a circuit label be installed by a qualified electrical contractor.
    • Identify:
      • Main
      • Sub