Dated and Dangerous Panel

Why you should replace your old panel

Chances are pretty darn good that if you have a home, then you have an electrical panel. The majority of the homes in Edmonton are OLD. Old homes are great for lot size, storage space, and usually good communities! What older homes are best known for though, is maintenance. That’s where Hauer Power Electrical comes in. As your Edmonton Electrician it is our job to upgrade your homes electrical, and make your home safe again.

Old archaic panels that are ticking time bombs. In our electrical industry we’ve seen all sorts of horrific panels that desperately need replacement. Panels have a lifespan of around 15 years, newer panels and breakers are made to last longer, which is a good thing. Chances are good that if you have an older panel then at least one of your breakers may be faulty. The only way to know for sure is to hire a professional journeyman electrician or master electrician to have a look. It is a well known fact that FPE or federal pacific electrical panels have their “stablok” breakers that are known to fail to trip in the case of an overcurrent situation. This results in thousands of house fires due to electrical fires worldwide every year. The following information was taken from “inspectapedia” regarding FPE breakers and their failure as an overcurrent device:

FPE Stab-Lok® or Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok® circuit breakers can fail to trip at an alarming rate. In the original testing, at a modest overload (135% of rating) switches that had never been touched (never mechanically switched) were energized on both poles. These failed 25% of the time, followed by a lockup that meant the switch would never trip in the future at any overload. Once these switches had been flipped on and off (mechanically energized), failures increased to 36%!

Worse, when individual poles on these switches were energized under the same conditions, 51% of the “virgin” switches failed, and for switches that had been mechanically energized, a whopping 65% of them failed!1

In the most recent independent tests of FPE Stab-Lok® equipment, using a larger pool of FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers than the older CPSC and Wright Malta tests found significantly higher failure rates of FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers, including a look at critical safety failures (breaker failed to trip at 200% of rated current or jammed) which found up to 80% failure rate for FPE Stab-Lok® GFCI circuit breakers (n=4), 12% failure rate for double pole FPE Stab-Lok® circuit breakers (n=120), and a 1% failure rate for FPE Stab-Lok® single pole circuit breakers (n=345). (To download this article see “Technical Reports” below.)

When a circuit breaker will not trip in response to an overload there is a serious risk of fire.

As your Edmonton electrician these stats are an alarm saying that we need to get to you before the house fire does! Below we will include some photos of recent customer panels. These customers did the right thing and hired Hauer Power Electrical.

These last 2 panels were particularly alarming as they were in a close friends home, and the panel had “kleenex” surrounding the panel, as if the federal pacific breakers weren’t scary enough. The breakers physically were sparking when they were bumped as the panel cover was removed. House fires can be preventable when panels like these are replaced.

The FPE Federal Pacific Panels aren’t the only culprit to have issues like this either. The top brands that are responsible for failing breakers and thus electrical house fires are as follows: Federal Pacific, Federal Pioneer, Zinsco, and the pushmatic bulldog panels. If you or someone you know has one of these panels call Hauer Power Electrical today, and have our reliable team of edmonton electricians solve this problem for you.

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