Should Electrician have used new circuit breakers?
First, I might not completely understand what I've been told and I might use a layman's vocabulary, so please bear with me. And if I'm worrying about something that I shouldn't be, please let me know that too:
We're in the 2nd phase of a 2 phase renovation of a 1920's house. In the first phase, we had our electric service upgraded to a 400 amp service. Because the existing box was so small, a new panel was installed. This required moving the old panel over a bit so that both boxes would fit in the wall space. Moving the old panel required the electrician to uninstall the wiring, so when he re-hooked up and most of the service was rewired to the new box. That electrician didn't go to the trouble of removing all of the old circuits that were in the old box, he just left them there with nothing attached. He left a few things wired in the old box, but he moved pretty much most of the wires to the new box.
The electrician for this phase of the project (major kitchen/house remodel & addition) had, as part of his quote, the installation of about 30 new circuits for things like (2nd heat pump, 2nd furnace, 2nd dishwasher, 2nd dryer, separate freezer, baseboard heaters, ice machine,double oven, cooktop, 2nd dishwasher, etc.) The reason I list those is to illustrate that it wasn't as if he thought he was simply re-hooking up any of these items - these were things we didn't previously have. His quote was done before the electric was upgraded as part of Phase I, so although he knew that we would have upgraded to 400 amp service, he didn't know that all of the old circuit breakers were going to be left behind.
He's finished now and when we went to verify that he labeled all of his work - we discovered that for most of his work, he simply reused the old circuit breakers that were in the box, and then added some new ones where necessary.
I realize that these circuit breakers do work, but in a past house, we've had to replace a circuit breaker that was less than 5 years old, so I also realize that they don't necessarily last forever.
I'm not sure whether to feel like he's taking advantage of us by re-using old breakers and not giving us any credit for them, or whether it's a reasonable thing for an electrician to do. To me, it kind of feels like he's using "used products" for something he charged us for "new".
Should we be concerned? Should we ask for some sort of a warranty or credit for this? Is this reasonable? I did expect that he would re-use the ones where we simply moved/replaced the item (fridge, disposer, dishwasher), but assumed that new ones would be used where we added new appliances and new wiring.
I don't know how old the "old circuits" are, but I'm attaching some pictures:
Old Panel (all reused)
From September 27, 2012
New Panel (some from phase 1, some from phase 2):
From September 27, 2012