Ever run across Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breakers???

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay

I've read and heard lots of horror stories for years about these circuit breakers and electrical panels.

One electricial even went so far as to say he delibrately tried to trip one by grounding the service wire (14 gauge romex) and the wire started melting with the breaker still not tripping!!!

Heater circuit burnup, FPE breaker failed to trip - this is not the only one we

All the data I've read about these things say they work fine "most" of the time and the only problems occur when you need them to 'trip' like during a short circuit. The failure rate at those times can be as high as 60% or more.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has tested these breakers and found them defective and not able to pass their tests.

 

Failed electrical panel box 

Federal Pacific Electric got these breakers UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved but was later found to have rigged the certification tests during a class action lawsuit in New Jersey.

Bottom line: lots of home inspectors call these electrical panel boxes and breakers "fires waiting to happen". If you have any in your listings or homes your selling you should have a licensed and qualified electrician examine these breaker boxes to determine if they're safe.

 

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX By The Bay

150 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Susan Trombley
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It is amazing how the codes change from year to year and then you can still get your CO. How does everyone in the electrical side keep up with all the new codes. Let alone the home inspection part. And then comes the opinion of how it is done right or not. Yes, this is a HOT topic.

September 25, 2006 09:09 PM
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Susan Trombley
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It is amazing how the codes change from year to year and then you can still get your CO. How does everyone in the electrical side keep up with all the new codes. Let alone the home inspection part. And then comes the opinion of how it is done right or not. Yes, this is a HOT topic.

September 25, 2006 09:09 PM
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I call them "Deal Breakers!"

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September 26, 2006 02:24 AM
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Cheryl Johnson
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An amusing thought crossed my mind:  I'm in Los Angeles, California; and we usually negotiate for replacement of the panel.  Donna is in Texas and it sounds like there buyers usually accept the existing panel.  I wonder if that has something to do with the number of litagition lawyers in each of our respective areas?  :-)
September 26, 2006 06:28 AM
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I just replaced three Federal Pacific panels in one house in Norwalk, CT.

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