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RECONDITIONED CIRCUIT BREAKERS: ARE THEY SAFE?

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Sometimes a governmental safety alert is publicized and it gets people talking and rumors spreading regarding the safety of a certain product or sometimes even the practices of an entire industry. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the United States Department of Labor, released such an alert in the fall of 2011. Entitled Incorrectly Refurbished Circuit Breakers, the alert describes how a third-party electronic equipment rebuilder modified certain Eaton/Cutler-Hammer molded-case circuit breakers while incorrectly refurbishing them. Some of the safety issues cited regarding these third-party 600-volt and 1000-volt suspect breakers include:

  • Circuit breakers have been altered from the original manufacturer’s design
  • Exterior labels on cases were reproduced by the rebuilder in an attempt to make them look new and authentic
  • Frames for both 600-volt and 1000-volt units contain parts of unknown origin and specs
  • 1000-volt covers may have been assembled onto units rated at only 600-volts
  • Breakers show no indication of having been approved by a nationally recognized testing organization

Conclusion: These knock-off, counterfeit, bogus breakers are a safety risk and should not be used, due to their inherent danger. OSHA recommended pulling them out of service as soon as possible.

Reconditioned Circuit Breaker – Safe to Use?

Because of instances like this, some have questioned the safety of buying and utilizing a reconditioned circuit breaker. The fact is, not only are properly reconditioned circuit breakers safe, but in some instances may be even safer than new ones. This is evidenced by the number of brand new units that have been recalled by their manufacturers as a result of improper performance or risk of fire danger. You can see examples of some of these recalls here.

Here at Civic Recycling, we pride ourselves on our unrelenting attention to detail and dedication to providing unparalleled quality in all our products and services. For more than two decades we’ve brought our customers only the best and that’s certainly helped us in becoming Canada’s number one circuit breaker provider, offering not only the largest selection anywhere but also giving fair and reasonable prices that save our clients money every day.

The Ultimate in Recycling – Circuit Breaker Reconditioning

Reconditioning electrical equipment has been called the ultimate form of recycling. It’s not only good for the environment but it’s good for your business and your bottom line too. Companies have been using our reconditioned circuit breakers for decades with total confidence. The importance of having the equipment reconditioned by a qualified, certified firm, however, cannot be overstated.

Our highly-trained, PEARL-certified technicians are experts at disassembling, cleaning, analyzing, reassembling and then performance testing and conducting the final inspection on all types of electrical equipment, circuit breakers included. Each circuit breaker we refurbish goes out the door with a written test report, a unique, associated tracking number and a 100%, unconditional, one-year guarantee.

PEARL, which stands for Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League, has become an important force in the industry since its inception in 1997. We whole-heartedly subscribe to their stated mission of bringing the desired distinction of quality, safety and integrity to their members’ customers, with the safety of the end user representing their #1 priority.

Reconditioned Circuit Breaker from Civic Recycling – A Good Idea

Our testing and reconditioning procedures meet or exceed standards set out by PEARL, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association).

Having PEARL-certified technicians in house here at Civic Recycling sets us totally apart from all others in Canada. PEARL is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developer. ANSI, or the American National Standards Institute, was established in 1918 and has been setting industry standards longer than any organization.

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Astonishing Stock Selection from Civic Recycling

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As Canada’s leading expert and its largest provider of circuit breakers nationwide, Civic Recycling maintains an enormously large inventory of all types of breakers, transformersfusesmotor control units, service panels, and a wide variety of electrical supplies. Our catchphrase, “From the obsolete to the obvious!” says it all when it comes to our coverage of electrical items and systems, both new and reconditioned. We’re known across Canada for being the “go to guys” when it comes to finding old, obsolete molded case circuit breakers (MCCB). Our stock selection is excellent and we have about every size there is.

But what makes our used MCCBs unique is that every single one goes through extensive testing and reconditioning before being allowed to go back into service, a process conducted by our staff of certified breaker technicians.

Outstanding Stock Selection and Brands

We create outstanding stock a couple of different ways in our business, both of which represent an excellent opportunity for our customers to benefit. When we run into a great buying scenario for something we want to stock, we may overbuy just because we’ll have the opportunity to sell these items at significant discounts to our clients which, of course, they appreciate.

Since we purchase a good number of used items that we test, recondition and then resell, we may also find companies out there that have accumulated outstanding stock of either new or used electrical items that they want Civic Recycling to buy from them. Often they may have large amounts of electrical equipment in their operations that are either no longer being used or that have broken down and been pulled out of service.

For business owners in this outstanding stock position (having items sitting around taking up space to no advantage whatsoever) – we offer the opportunity to relieve them of the equipment. So rather than sending it to the landfill or junkyard, we can help you earn some money by recycling with us and High Fiving the environment at the same time.


 

Saving You Time and Money

Our breaker selection covers the entire range from the smallest residential MCCBs to large mains systems for commercial and industrial use. We carry all the popular brands, some that aren’t so popular and others that are nearly impossible to locate because of their rarity. We even stock some unique items typically used in Asia or Europe.

Our most recognizable brands include:

  • Westinghouse
  • General Electric
  • Federal Pioneer
  • Schneider
  • Homeline
  • Seimens/ITE
  • Eaton
  • Cutler-Hammer
  • Crouse-Hinds
  • CEB
  • Sylvania
  • Commander

 

Scroll down on the Electrical Products page to find out more about our brands. Click the “plus” icon to the right for more details on the brand names listed above. For Example Schneider lists as follows:

Schneider Square D / Homeline

Stock Selection: Residential style breakers

  • All push-in, bolt-on and mid mount 1 pole, 2 pole and 3 pole ground fault and arc fault
  • QOB, QOBVH, QOBEPD, QOBGFI, QO, QOVH, QODFI, QOEPD, QOM, QOU, MB, M2, QB, A1L, A1B, Q1B, Y1B, XO, CHOM, CHOMGFI, CHOMT, CHOM115AFI

Moulded case breakers

  • 100 amp frame – FA, FH, FC, FD, FG, FJ, FAL, FAP, FHP, FCL GJL, ML, EDB, EGB
  • 150 amp frame- HDA, HGA, HJA, HLA, HDL, HGL, HJL, HLL
  • 250 amp frame – Q2, Q2H, Q2L, QBA, QDA, QGA, QJA, QBL, QDL, QGL, QJL, KA, KH, KC, KI, KAL, KHL, KIL, KCL, JDA, JGA, JJA, JLA, JDL, JGL, JJL, JLL
  • 400 amp frame – Q4, Q4L, LA, LH, LC, LI, LAL, LHL, LCL, LIL
  • 600 amp frame – LC, LX, LE, LI, LXI, LCL, LIL
  • 800 amp frame – MA, MH, MG, MJ, MX, ME, MAL, MHL
  • 1200 amp frame – MAL, MHL, NA, NC, NX, NE, PG, PJ, PL, NT-H, NT-L
  • 2000 & up frame – PA, PAF, PCF, PH, PHF, PAL, PC, SED, SEF

 

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