Product Condition FAQ
Bay Power carries a wide range of electrical products and solutions including new, reconditioned, obsolete and surplus products.
The term NEW describes an item that is brand new in its original manufacturer packaging, having never been installed or energized. In most cases the packaging is unopened. New products come with a minimum 1-year replacement warranty, and in some cases a multi-year factory warranty from the manufacturer for products in which we are an authorized dealer for.
The term RECONDITIONED specifies that the product in question has been energized and is considered “used”. We take these products run them through a reconditioning process where they are disassembled, cleaned, reassembled (with new parts if necessary), inspected, and tested to meet strict industry standards and manufacturer’s specifications. This is all done to ensure the product functions as it did new. All reconditioned products come with a 1-year replacement warranty.
The term NEW SURPLUS is defined as a product that has passed our quality checks and is believed to be un-energized. Our New Surplus products are not tampered with, relabeled or reconfigured in any way. In many cases, the product will come in its original packaging. All new surplus products come with a 1-year replacement warranty.
Why Buy a Reconditioned?
- It can save you money — Reconditioned products cost quite a bit less than they do new. That’s especially compelling if you need a large breaker that may set you back thousands of dollars. If the breaker you need is obsolete, purchasing a reconditioned replacement is much more cost effective than installing a whole new panel.
- They offer outstanding safety, warranties, and testing — Every reconditioned breaker will be carefully inspected and tested before being sold. Reputable reconditioning companies offer warranties that match or exceed those offered with new equipment.
- It reduces waste — Reconditioned breakers reduce your impact on the environment. And if you need to get rid of an old breaker, you can often sell it to the reconditioning company so that it can be reused rather than discarded. Why fill up the landfill if you don’t have to? This is one easy way to “go green”!
3 Steps to Replacing Your Obsolete Breaker
When a breaker goes bad, you hope replacing it is as easy as ordering a new part, right? But that’s not the case with obsolete breakers.
So how can you find a replacement when your breaker isn’t in production anymore? Follow our simple 3-step process:
- Look for an Identical Reconditioned Breaker. Even when the breaker is obsolete, you can often purchase a used one that has been reconditioned and tested. Warranties on reconditioned breakers often match those that come with new parts, so you’ll be in good shape to install immediately.
- Purchase a Direct Replacement. Direct replacements are manufactured to fit the same hardware as the original, so you’ll be able to install into the current panel. This is an excellent solution that can be implemented quickly because you won’t have to change out the switchgear if it is still in good condition.
- Retrofit With a New Breaker. This option takes more adaptation and may require longer downtime as you update the housing to fit the new breaker. You’ll need to change out the gear and install custom hardware to get your system up and running again. But when you strike out on the first two options, retrofitting is still a good bet.
Make It Easy On Yourself
Want to know the absolute easiest way to find a replacement for your worn-out obsolete breaker? Call Bay Power!
We can help you find the breaker you need and if it’s no longer available, we can retrofit it for you. Every reconditioned breaker we sell has been meticulously tested to ensure maximum performance and safety.
Give us a call at 866-629-2461 for all your circuit breaker needs!