The electrical circuits in the main house are constantly tripping and at the most random times and places. Here are just a couple of videos to give you an idea. This has been happening constantly since I closed on my new construction home built by Lennar. I cannot even watch TV without the set flickering or resetting each time the A/C unit comes on.
The first video also goes through all the excuses Bob Harrower gave to the breakers constantly flipping. As a reminder, the electrical box is on the same wall that flood damage has been noticeable from an improperly installed and faulty A/C in the attic.
Here is a short one when the breakers blow yet again.
Here is another video when the electricity in the master closet and bedroom goes out from simply turning on the close light. Again it all happens randomly.
As a reminder, the insides of my ceiling fans were shown to be rusting and corroding as well after a recent Lennar inspection. This got me to thinking if some of these electrical issues could be the result ongoing and frequent flooding and water damage from an improperly installed A/C system that is located in the attic of this house.
This was one of the many issues we were going to revisit during additional inspections and before Lennar basically went silent. There are several issues happening in this area, including the rusting and metal corrosion on the insides of my ceiling fans.
Here’s the summary of the issue from all of Lennar construction issues I keep in a spreadsheet. This has even happened when I turn on my electric toothbrush. I’ve never had this happen in another home so frequently and randomly.
*Note: For simplicity, the Lennar and WCI Communities names here are used interchangeably as Lennar took over WCI in February of 2017.
2013-2014 – First issues were reported to WCI. The initial responses were from Joel Fedora who is now a Vice President of Construction with Lennar.
Late-2014 – Towards the end of the year, I retained Amanda Buffinton (at the time a shareholder at Bush Ross) to start working the legal side of the issues, because nothing was getting resolved. The first Lennar in-house legal response happens around this time.
July 2015 – The case expands and WCI moves the case from in-house to outside legal. The outside legal responses are from this time.
September 2015 – Amanda Buffington files a 558 complaint against WCI/Lennar to start the process of filing a construction lawsuit.
October 2015 – Lennar’s outside legal sends a response to the 558 complaint. Their response was completely untrue. It’s the same attorney who provided the first outside legal response in July 2015.
Electrical circuits issue description
The continuous tripping or blowing out of normal household appliances from an electric toothbrush to the A/C unit and television is NOT normal and indicates that the breakers are not well equipped or are poorly connected. A through investigation and repair should be done to make the house more efficient with regards to the electrical wiring so that trips and blow outs are not common/regular occurrences. Mr. Fannin suggests that the breakers possibly need to be upgraded to 20’s across the board or possibly split circuits (main bath and master bath in main house are all linked) as there are more than typical circuit breaker trips when running very low wattage household appliances.
Original response to electrical circuits issue from Joel Fedora
No action to be taken by WCI. WCI had a 3rd party licensed electrician look at all electrical issues in July of 2013, and no issues were found. 20 amp breakers are only for 12 guage wire, which is only required by code in bathrooms and the kitchen. Changing 15 amp breakers to 20 amp breakers would cause a fire hazard because the wire is not rated for that load. As discussed in July 2013, arc-fault breakers are required by code, as are GFCI’s. Both are much more sensitive and are required by code
Lennar in-house legal response to electrical circuits issue
No action. WCI had a third party licensed electrician evaluate all of the electrical issues in July 2013 and no issues were found. 20 amp breakers are only for 12 gauge wire, which is only required by code in bathrooms and the kitchen. Changing 15 amp breakers to 20 amp breakers would cause a fire hazard because the wire is not rated for that load. As discussed in July 2013, arc-fault breakers are required by code, as are GFCI’s. Both are much more sensitive and are required by code.
Amanda Buffinton legal response to electrical circuits issue
Unacceptable response. There is something wrong with the electrical wiring in the house. Mr. Fannin has done nothing to the house to cause this problem. Mr. Fannin demands that WCI retain another contractor to review and repair the electrical issues in the home.
Buffinton response to Lennar outside legal (prior to filing the 558)
No change in WCI response. The parties are at an impasse on this issue as WCI’s response is unacceptable. Joel Fedora of WCI manipulated the wiring himself by hiring a non-WCI vendor to make changes. Any wiring changes made were completed through a WCI representative. The only vendor retained by Mr. Fannin was to install fans and lights as the house did not come with them. Mr. Fannin demands a resolution to this issue.
Final WCI outside legal response to 558 complaint
WCI had a third party licensed electrician evaluate all of the electrical issues in July 2013 and no issues were found. 20 amp breakers are only for 12 gauge wire, which is only required by code in bathrooms and the kitchen. Changing 15 amp breakers to 20 amp breakers would cause a fire hazard because the wire is not rated for that load. As discussed in July 2013, arc- fault breakers are required by code, as are GFCI’s. Both are much more sensitive and are required by code.
Lennar executive’s response on 5/22/2017
No notes added by Lennar executives. This is one of many of the issues we were to revisit during additional inspections. These inspections have never happened. I haven’t heard back from the three Lennar executives I was working with for months.