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Federal Pacific Electric Company (Fpe

Tony
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Enjoy listening to the show on WBAP820.

Several months ago on your Radio show there was a discussion about the Federal Pacific Electrical panels and breakers.  We have building in Dallas that has one of theses panels.  Is there a good electrical company or individual that can check the panel out to see if it needs to be replaced or not?

Thanks,

Tony

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Guest Staff answered 7 years ago

Hi Tony,

Any good electrician in your area can check the panel to find out if the bus bars have overheated or have been damaged by arcing. Unfortunately, electricians can't test the breakers themselves. A proper test involves a lab set up and the test itself could cause the breaker to fail. That's the big problem with this equipment – no one has any idea whether it will or won't work when it has to. And a breaker that doesn't work when it has to can cause a fire.

Do yourself a favor and hire a good local electrician to replace your panel.  

Guest Staff answered 7 years ago

Tony, there's also an excellent website devoted to this problem you should review here:  http://www.inspectapedia.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm.

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