Let’s try an experiment … go to Google and type in “Federal Pacific panel” or “Federal Pacific”; what pops up? Within the first pages of Google the titles of pages are Is my Federal Pacific Safe? Are Federal Pacific Circuit Breaker Panels Safe? Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced? …. see where I am going with this?
Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was a common manufacturer of residential electrical panels in the US from the 50’s through the 80’s. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of FPE panels were installed in homes; over time electricians and home inspectors saw as many as 60% of all Federal Pacific Electric panels would fail to provide proper protection to homeowners. Many experts believe that certain FPE panels will work fine for years, but after an over current or short circuit the panel could over heat and become hazardous. Federal Pacific Electric Panel boxes have 3 reported major faults:
* Federal Pacific Electric panels may not pass updated safety codes. If a FPE panel has been in a residence more than 15 years and hasn’t been serviced by a licensed electrician there’s a possibility the breakers have depreciated. The breakers could possibly not trip properly and protect an electrical system from over heating!
* Federal Pacific Electric panels may have a serious design flaw. FPE panels reportedly have design flaws not shared by other panels of similar age. For example, often certain breakers have loose connections making them useless; should an over current happen, the breakers could melt instead of tripping.
* Federal Pacific Electric Panels may have manufacturing defects. Experts report that FPE panels may be unfit for your home because of manufacturing defects. The materials used during construction of the breakers may be weak. As a result, the breaker may not trip and your panel could be susceptible to catching on fire.