Inspections with an infrared camera, by a certified thermographer, can locate defective or improperly installed circuit breakers, switches, receptacles, and other components before they overheat or arc and cause a fire.
The pictures below show an overheating outlet (left picture bright area) and elevated temperature in wall behind a switch box (right picture bright areas).
The typically accepted method for testing outlets is to use an outlet tester that can display the existence of several types of conditions but cannot detect the heat that can be caused by some conditions. This is where thermal imaging is very effective. Thermal imaging can also be used in electrical panels to show overheating conditions such as those caused by loose connections among other things.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “During a typical year, home electrical problems account for 28,600 fires and $1.1 billion in property losses. 53% of residential electrical fires involve electrical wiring. Most electrical distribution fires result from problems with “fixed wiring” such as faulty electrical outlets and old wiring”.
Whether you are purchasing a home or have concerns regarding the home you currently reside in, having an infrared scan detect defects in the electrical system is well worth the money