Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) panels were installed in millions of homes across North America between the 1950s and 1980s. However, over the years, these panels have been linked to numerous electrical hazards and fire risks. As a result, many homeowners and business owners are being recommended to remove these panels from their homes.
One of the biggest dangers of FPE panels is their tendency to malfunction. The breakers have a fail rate of 1 out of 4 during an overload or short circuit. This can result in overheating and leading to a potential fire. Studies have shown that FPE panels are responsible for a significant number of electrical fires in homes.
Not only that but, FPE panels have been found to be non-compliant with safety code standards and have been subject to numerous recalls and lawsuits. The panels have also been found to have faulty circuit breakers and other defects that make them unsafe for use.
Removing an FPE panel from your home is essential to ensure the safety of your family and your property. In Alberta a master electrician must pull the permit to remove the panel, as the process can be complicated and dangerous. The electrician can replace the panel with a modern and safer panel that complies with the current safety standards.
In conclusion, removing an FPE panel and upgrading is a crucial step in ensuring the safety of your home and your family. Don’t take any risks with your home’s electrical system and rest knowing that you have one less thing to worry about.
A lot of the time we are upgrading to a Schneider Homeline Panel. This is an example of one panel we have upgraded from a FPE.