FPE Circuit Breakers
We highly recommend if you have Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) breakers, breaker boxes, load centers, or panel boards, that you get these replaced immediately. A breaker should trip when the box is overloaded but the FPE equipment has been proven to “lock on” during overload. This is the opposite of what a breaker should do and is a serious fire hazard.
Federal Pacific Electric was a large manufacturer of electrical breaker boxes or load centers and panel boards from the 1960s to 1980s. 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 these products and their hazards.
If you own one of these breaker boxes and it has never tripped, you may be in serious trouble. Breakers are meant to trip to protect the wiring. The fact that it has not tripped may show that overload conditions in your home or office are going unprotected.
Call A.S. Electric for a consultation today.