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How do I determine the age of a Gould electrical panel?
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Some Gould panels have a stamp on the wiring diagram sticker, and the last two digits are the year of manufacture. So the two shown below were manufactured in 1977 and 1983. Also, some panels do not have this stamp.
Any panel with the Gould name on it is already really old. And a bit of corporate history will give you a loose time frame: Gould merged with ITE in 1976, and their panels were rebranded as ITE-Gould shortly afterwards. Then Siemens gobbled up ITE-Gould in 1983 and phased out the brand over the next few years.
So at the time of this writing a Gould panel is at least 43 years old, and likely much more, while an ITE-Gould panel is about 35 to 45 years old.
Gould Panel Electrical Issues
We know of no problems with Gould panels, except for their age. Panels still in use are past, or very near, the end their serviceable life expectancy.
Trying to determine a panel manufacturer? 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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Field Guide for Home Inspectors, a quick reference for finding the age of 154 brands of HVAC systems, water heaters, and electrical panels, plus 210 code standards for site-built and manufactured homes, and the life expectancy rating of 195 home components. Available at amazon.com for $19.95.
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