Federal Pacific Overloaded Breakers
- When a circuit breaker is overloaded or overheats, the breaker is designed to trip and shut off the power.
- If the breaker fails to trip, or shut off, electricity will still be supplied to the short circuit or overload and will lead to a fire hazard.
- Zinsco Panels have Significant Design Flaws
- Breakers may appear to be tripped or shut off, yet internally the panel is still energized.
- The bus bar that the breakers attach to corrodes easily.
- Many components of the panel contain aluminum.
- The connection between the bus bar and the beaker is not solid and can lead to overheating.
Zinsco Panels are Obsolete
- Zinsco panels often fail to operate properly.
- These panels may overheat and portions of them may melt.
- In this situation, if the breaker melts to the bus bar of the panel it can no longer adequately trip in the event of a short circuit or an overload. This will allow an extreme amount of power to enter the home.
- With no way to shut off the power, the electricity will burn until it runs out of fuel or the wires melt.
- This will result in serious harm to the home and the occupants.
Electrical Panels May be a Safety Hazard
- Although Federal Pacific and Zinsco panels are the main concern, fuse style panels should also be replaced. They are often overloaded and typically cannot safely meet the demands of a modern home.
- Because of the design flaws of these panels, they pose a fire hazard, a safety hazard to the occupants, and a danger to equipment being powered by them.
- If your home or your future home has one of these panels ,they should be replaced by a qualified electrician.