Federal-Pacific Stab-Lok circuit breaker panels manufactured between 1950 and 1985 are defective and unsafe! They need be removed and replaced as soon as possible. For fire safety reasons, we highly recommend replacing all FPE panels. The hazard they pose to homes and families is absolutely not worth the risk.
Our electricians here at Nordeast Electric can usually change out your panel in one day with minimal down time for power loss.
Another type of panel that is no longer safe is Zinsco brand, which are unreliable and may not trip as needed.
We also recommend replacing old fuse panels due to outdated technology. They are oftentimes overloaded, which is unsafe and many times, they do not have the capacity needed for today's modern electrical usage.
Contact us today with questions or to schedule an appointment.
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This is an old and unsafe FPE (Federal Pacific Electric) panel. It should be replaced ASAP. These were very common in millions of homes across the country from 1950 to the 1990's. FPE stopped making the panels in the 1980's but there was never an official recall so many homes constructed in the 80's and 90's still had these panel installed.
FPE panels lost their UL listing in the early 2000's afte
A Cutler Hammer 200 amp panel, replacing the above pictured FPE panel.
Now this panel is UL listed and safe.
Click the arrow "play" button below to see why Federal Pacific panels should be replaced as soon as possible.
There are many reasons to update your service panel and/or meter socket including age, lack of capacity, or damage. If your panel is more than 30 years old, it's a good idea to replace it with a new panel. Modern panels are equipped with today's newest technology in order to provide you with the safest living environment and worry-free protection.
In addition, if your meter socket and mast are showing age, it may be time to upgrade or replace them. Many meters around the Twin Cities are being replaced with smart meters from the utility company. They may call out old or unsafe meter sockets (the housing around the meter itself) and that cost falls upon the homeowner.
We also recommend replacing screw-in fuse panels. Fuses do not appropriately detect hazardous electrical situations that can pose a fire risk. In addition, fuses are not able to be reset and must be replaced if they have failed. Many insurance companies assess higher rates to homes without modern circuit breakers.
WORK IN PROGRESS: 100amp 12 space panel replacement with all circuits disconnected
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