Are you looking for information on an ITE Circuit Breaker? Read on to find out the background of these breakers and how to find suitable replacements.
The ITE Circuit Breaker Company (Inverse Time Element) was started in Philadelphia in the 1890's. In the 1960's, a merging changed their name to ITE Imperial Company.
ITE was an innovator in the electrical business creating the first low to medium voltage stored energy circuit breakers. It also was the first to produce 5kV air magnetic circuit breakers. The ITE Company was the manufacturer of a variety of low to high voltage circuit breakers and switches, they were known for technical development and engineering excellence.
In 1976 ITE was purchased by Gould. The product line then became known as ITE Gould circuit breakers. Then in 1983 Siemens USA purchased the line and it has been Siemens ever since. Because of the prestige the ITE title carried, Siemens continued to use it on the line of breakers as ITE Siemens up until a few years ago. The existing ITE fuse product line was maintained by Gould on the Siemens transaction.
Problem Circuit Breakers
ITE Pushmatic circuit breakers should be swapped out since problems were discovered. Replace them as soon as you can. The ITE Pushmatic breakers are sometimes difficult or impossible to switch on or off. When they trip they may be difficult to turn back on, or they may not trip when needed causing them to be dangerous.
If you are worried about the wiring of your home, you need to have a licensed expert check it out. There are many types of wiring out there. The very first electrical systems in homes were referred to as Knob and Tube wiring. It worked well at the time it was put in, pre 1920 thru 1930, but it is no longer considered to be safe. Many insurance companies won't insure a house that still is using Knob and Tube wiring. There are lots of safer options for your home that an electrician will be able to assist with.
Search on the internet for ITE compatible circuit breakers if you are looking for replacements for your panel, since the line has changed names so many times.
The most compatible breakers are Siemens breakers. Westinghouse circuit breakers are also compatible, designed specifically for use with low-voltage switchgear assemblies utilized at system voltages up to 600 VAC. They are made to the client's original shop order specifications.
Keeping up on your own homes electrical products is an important part of being a home operator. If you have an out of date ITE Circuit Breaker within your panel you do have choices, find an alternative and get your panel back in order today.
Talk to an expert now and find replacement ITE breakers. Call 1.877.580.0264