We’ve got another tip for you about electrical panels. More specifically, an electrical panel called a Federal Pacific panel.Risks of Older Electrical Panels
In the video below, you can see an example of one. There are two ways to identify it. The first way is by looking at the tag inside the cover of the panel. It will say “Federal Pacific Electric Company.” Another way to identify it is by these red breakers. They will have red on the toggle end of the breaker with a number on it. If your house was built in the 50s or 60s, there’s a good chance that you have a Federal Pacific panel in your home.
We now know that this company is out of business and the breakers don’t trip. They have a history of not tripping, which causes house fires. Anytime we see a Federal Pacific panel, we always recommend that it’s time to replace the panel. The panel has outlived its useful life and it is now 50 years old. It’s time to upgrade your electrical panel! So, if you live in an older home and your breaker box says “Federal Pacific”, that’s a good indication that you need to give us a call. Have us come out and take a look at it!
Older Home Electrical Repair
Older homes may have faulty or bad connections and need electric repair service. They also may require lighting upgrades. Staley Electric will assess the safety of your electrical connections and review your service panel capacity to confirm it can handle the electrical load of your home. In certain circumstances, such as during historic home renovations, we may need to upgrade your service panel so it can handle all the electrical conveniences of your house. You may only need a partial rewire in which case Staley Electric electricians will only replace the necessary parts to bring your home up to code. If you live in an older home and think you may be in need of electrical repair, give us a call! 501-565-3006