FPE Breaker Boxes
Highly recommended to replace
If you have an FPE Breaker Box, read this!
Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) was a large manufacturer of electrical breaker boxes or load centers and panel boards from the 1960's to the 1980's era. Problems arose from these products culminating in lawsuits in the early 1980's and the withdrawal of the product line from the market by its producer. The consumer product safety commission has produced several case studies of the products and their hazards.
If you have FPE breakers or load centers, or even panel boards, our master electricians highly recommend that you have them replaced IMMEDIATELY! Federal Pacific Electrical breakers are well-documented fire hazards and have been proven to "lock-on" during an overload condition, just the opposite of what a breaker is designed to do!
Here is one of the typical statements we hear from owners of FPE breaker boxes:
"I've never had any problems with it (FPE breaker box) in 20 plus years, never tripped a breaker once"
Now if you lived in a home or office 20 plus years and never had a tripped circuit breaker, well either:
1. There is no electricity in your home or office... or... 2. You have a serious problem.
Breakers are designed to trip in order to protect wiring. The fact that none of the breakers have tripped in 20 plus years may show that overload conditions in your home or office are going un-protected.
What the National Consumer Product Safety Commission says about FPE breakers: FPE electrical components do not fully comply with certain underwriter's labs. Inc. requirements. They fail certain UL calibration tests.