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How do I determine the age of a GE electrical panel?

Sunday, March 28, 2021

GE load centers have an eight-digit serial number of two letters followed by six numbers, and the second letter indicates the year of manufacture, based on a repeating 12-year cycle. The serial number is usually located on a small sticker on, or near, the wiring diagram on the inside of the panel door.
A = 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1944
B = 1945
C = 1946
D = 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1947
E = 1969, 1948
F = 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1949
G = 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1950
H = 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1951
J = 1952
K = 1953
L = 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1954
M = 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1955
N = 1972, 1956
P = 1973, 1957
R = 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1958
S = 2021, 2009, 1997, 1984, 1973, 1959
T = 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1960
V = 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975
Z = 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976

Between 19961 and 1968 they used three letters at the beginning of the serial number, and the second and third letters indicated the year.
VU = 1961, WV = 1962, XW = 1963, YX = 1964, AY = 1965, BZ = 1966, CA = 1967, DB = 1968

    Yes, this makes it complicated to figure out which year is the correct one. Knowing the year of the original construction of the house or any major remodeling may help you get closer to the right one. Here’s an example below of an older panel that has the serial number at the bottom of the diagram.

    Still stumped? Try contacting GE directly for an answer. Go to for online chat with a technician, weekdays only, from 9am to 7pm.

    Also see our blog post How do I find out the manufacturer of an electrical panel?  And for the age of another manufacturer’s panel, go to How do I determine the age of an electrical panel?

    To find the age of other home components, go to How can I find out the age of a roof? and How do I determine the age of my air conditioner? and How do I determine the age of my water heater? For life expectancies, visit What is the average life expectancy of the components of a house? 

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about ELECTRIC PANELS:

What causes copper wires to turn green or black in an electric panel?  

What is the maximum number of circuit breakers allowed in an electric panel?

When should a corroded or damaged electric panel cabinet or disconnect box be replaced? 

What is a tandem circuit breaker? 

When did arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers first become required?

Can an electric panel be located in a closet? 

Can an electric panel be located in a bathroom? 

Can you add circuit breakers by different manufacturers to an electric panel if they fit?

My circuit breaker won't reset. What's wrong?  

What is a split bus electric panel?

How do I identify a combination AFCI (CAFCI) circuit breaker? 

What does a circuit breaker with a yellow or white test button indicate? 

What is the maximum gap allowed between the front of a recessed electric panel box and the wall surface surrounding it? 

What are the requirements for NM-cables entering an electric panel box?

Why is a fuse box/panel an insurance problem for homebuyers? 

Why is bundled wiring in an electric panel a defect?

What is the difference between GFCI and AFCI circuit breakers? 

Why are old electrical components not always "grandfathered" as acceptable by home inspectors?

What happens when you press the "TEST" button on a circuit breaker in an electric panel?

What is a Dual Function Circuit Interrupter (DFCI)? 

What is the difference between a Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (CAFCI) and an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) circuit breaker?  

What is the difference between "grounded" and "grounding" electrical conductors? 

What does it mean when a wire is "overstripped" at a circuit breaker?

Why is an old fuse panel dangerous?  

Who is the manufacturer of those "bad" electric panels?

Why is the circuit breaker stuck in the middle? 

What is a double tap at a circuit breaker?

What is the right electric wire size for a circuit breaker in an electric panel?

What is the life expectancy of a circuit breaker? 

My circuit breaker won't reset. What's wrong? 

Why do some breakers in my electric panel have a "TEST" button on them?

What is the right size electric panel for a house? 

• What do I need to know about buying a whole house surge protector? 

What is the maximum allowed height of a circuit breaker (OCPD) above the floor?

• What is the maximum height you can mount an electric panel above the floor? 

• What is the code required clearance in front of an electric panel?

What is the main bonding jumper and where do it find it in an electric panel? 

   Visit our ELECTRIC PANELS page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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