Do You Need to Replace Your Electrical Panel?
Kinzler Electric can replace or repair your home electrical panel. Replacing an electrical panel is important if your breakers are not functioning properly, or if you have an outdated electrical panel that needs to be updated. Replacing an electrical panel should be done by a licensed electrician to ensure proper and safe installation.
If you have ever experienced a thunderstorm, natural disaster or otherwise large electrical event, then you have probably dealt with a power outage and needed to visit the electrical panel in your home to turn the power back on. The electrical service panel is what distributes currents of electricity to all of the various rooms and components of your home.
Replacing Federal Pacific Panels
Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions and millions of their Federal Pacific breaker boxes were installed in homes across the country. As the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific circuit breakers failed to provide the necessary protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work just fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.
Hazards of Federal Pacific Electrical Panels
In a class action lawsuit, a New Jersey State Court ruled that the Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Company “violated the Consumer Fraud Act because FPE knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards …” (Click Here to view the Class Action Settlement Notice issued for residents of New Jersey) An electrical expert who investigated the potential fire hazards of the Federal Pacific Electric circuit breaker panels declared that under UL 489 testing conditions, the FPE electrical breakers fail to trip at a much higher rate than standard panels, inviting a risk of fire.
When a breaker fails to trip, an large amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into a home’s panel and circuits. This can cause the electrical panel to overheat and catch fire, causing serious harm to a home and its occupants. Many Federal Pacific Electric breaker box and panels can operate properly for years and then suddenly cause a catastrophic fire.
If you suspect that you may have a Federal Pacific Electric, Zinsco, or an outdated circuit breaker panel in your home, or in any event, you have not had your panel inspected recently, you owe it to yourself and your family to contact a licensed electrical contractor in your area for an inspection. Call the master electricians at Kinzler Electric at (214) 502-4704 for a professional inspection or replacement of your electrical panel if you have a Federal Pacific Panel.
Make Sure You Know How to Find Your Electrical Panel and Check the Breakers
If you have not yet familiarized yourself with it (or even found where it is located) then it would be a good idea to do so, particularly in the case of natural disasters. Having the ability to get to the correct circuit breaker (both for turning power off and on) can mean the difference between life and death. The electric panel is usually located in basements, backrooms and other ‘tucked away’ areas of the house. You will have access to all of the circuit breakers or fuses in the house once you open the panel’s door. Usually, there will be one panel for the whole house, but if there were additions to the house or remodeling (such as installing a new kitchen); there may be additional sub-panels for those. Because all of the circuit breakers are located in this one spot, this panel may also be referred to as the ‘breaker box’. Within the breaker box, the circuit breakers are stacked and a lever that is labeled ‘on’ and ‘off’ controls each one.
In addition to all of the breakers for the individual circuits in your home, there is also a main breaker controlling the power entering your home. If it is not located in the breaker panel, it may be located in a separate panel board elsewhere in the house. To see the main breaker, which you will need to do if you plan to replace or add a circuit one that goes bad, you need to take the electric panel cover off.
We all hope to avoid natural disasters, shorts, or any other kind of potentially bad or dangerous situation, that situation can only be made worse, by not being able to get the power back on when you need it. As such, it is always good to take the time to find, and understand your electrical panel and electrical subpanel making sure you replace any faulty breakers as soon as possible.
Electrical Panel Replacement
If you notice anything unusual, call Kinzler Electric at (214) 502-4707 to have your electrical panel inspected and possibly repaired or replaced. Don’t risk your home and family with a faulty electrical panel.
Kinzler Electrical Contractors is a licensed electrical contractor in the state of Texas and holds the following licenses:
Texas Electrical Contractor License #29220
Texas Master Electrician License #212233