You may not know it, but the electrical panel in your home could be a hazard. This is particularly true if you have an FPE panel.
FPE stands for Federal Pacific Electric, a company that produced electrical panels from the 1950s to the 1980s. Unfortunately, it was discovered that FPE panels had a major flaw: they often failed to trip during an overload or short circuit. This means that the panel could potentially send more electricity through a circuit than it was designed to handle, leading to overheating, sparks, and even fires.
But why did FPE panels have this problem? It’s believed that the company used subpar components and failed to conduct proper testing. In fact, some experts have estimated that up to 60% of FPE panels are defective.
If you have an FPE panel in your home, it’s important to have it inspected by a qualified electrician. It may need to be replaced with a safer, more reliable panel.
Here are some signs that you may have an FPE panel:
- The panel has the FPE logo or the name “Federal Pacific” on it.
- The panel is installed in a home built between the 1950s and 1980s.
- Circuit breakers often trip or fuses often blow.
- Lights flicker or dim when appliances are turned on.
- There is a burning smell or evidence of scorch marks around the panel.
If you suspect that you have an FPE panel, don’t wait to have it inspected. Your home and family’s safety could be at risk, but you can take action to protect them.
At C&H Inspections, we are experienced in identifying potential hazards during a home inspection, including FPE panels. Our team prioritizes your safety and will work to ensure that your home’s electrical system is functioning properly. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and have peace of mind knowing that your home is safe