Are you looking for information about the old ITE circuit breaker? Continue reading to learn the background and basics of these breakers and how to find compatible replacements for out-of-date products.

The ITE Circuit Breaker Company, named for the innovative oil-dashpot inverse time element on its electro-mechanical circuit breaker trip devices, was founded in the 1890s in Philadelphia, PA. In the 1960s, a merger changed the name to the ITE Imperial Company.

ITE innovated in the electrical industry, creating the first stored-energy low- and medium-voltage circuit breakers and the first to develop 5kV air magnetic circuit breakers. ITE co was the manufacturer of a complete line of low- and medium-voltage indoor and outdoor products, in addition to high-voltage circuit breakers and switches. ITE was known for its technical innovation and engineering excellence.

ITE was purchased by Gould in 1976. At that time, the products became known as ITE Gould circuit breakers. Siemens USA purchased the product line from Gould in 1983 and has been Siemens ever since. Because of the prestige the ITE name carried, Siemens continued to use it on the line of breakers as ITE Siemens until a few years ago. Gould retained the old ITE fuse product line at the Siemens transaction. Master Electricians recommend that you search online for ITE-compatible circuit breakers if you are looking for replacements for your panel.

ITE pushmatic circuit breakers should be replaced since problems have been found with them. It is recommended that you replace them as soon as possible. The ITE pushmatic breakers and panels have made it difficult for some people to turn the main power on or off. When they trip, it can be challenging to turn back to the on position, making them dangerous and outdated.

Before attempting to work with any part of the ITE load center, you need training in working with electricity. A catastrophic failure in electrical systems causes a dangerous product failure that can expose the homeowner to a safety risk. The goal should be to use products that exceed the minimum performance requirements established in the UL product safety standards.

Some compatible breakers are Siemens residential breakers. These are intended to protect your home’s wiring from high temperatures caused by excess current higher than the wire’s rating. Westinghouse circuit breakers are designed specifically for use in metal-enclosed low-voltage switchgear assemblies used at system voltages up to 600 VAC. They are configured to the customer’s original shop order specifications.

If you are concerned about your home’s wiring, you should have a licensed professional locate the problem. There are different types of wiring. Some of the very first electrical systems in houses and apartments were called Knob and Tube wires. It worked well when installed, pre-1920s and into the 1930s, but it is no longer considered safe. Many insurance companies will not insure a home that still is using Knob and Tube wiring. There are many safer types of wiring for your home that a licensed professional will be able to help with.

Keeping up with your home’s electrical system is essential to being a homeowner. If you have an out-of-date ITE circuit breaker in your panel, you can find a replacement and get your panel back in order today.

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