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The Electrical Circuit Breaker Panel

The Heart of a Home’s Electric System

The home’s electrical system operates like a human being’s body. Circuits and wires carry electricity throughout the home like veins and arteries carry blood to organs and limbs. Just as blood keeps the body alive, electricity keeps televisions on, computers powered, and refrigerators running.

Blood cannot travel throughout a body unless its heart is pumping, and electricity cannot travel throughout a home unless the electrical panel is operating properly. The panel is the heart of an entire home’s electrical system. Without a properly functioning panel, nothing electrical in a home will work.

People’s hearts can develop problems due to age, diet, and genetic reasons. Panels also can develop problems. Today, there are two brands of panels that may have major manufacturing and/or design flaws that potentially put homeowners at risk—Federal Pacific Electric panels and certain Zinsco panels. There are also millions of people today who have panels that are more than 40 years old and may no longer protect their homes from overcurrents and short circuits.

 

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Federal Pacific Electric Panels

Potentially Could Fail to Provide Proper Safety and Protection for Homes

Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1980s. Millions of their panels were installed in homes across the country. Yet, as the years passed, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say that FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, but after one overcurrent or short circuit, they can overheat and become fire hazards.

In a class action lawsuit, a New Jersey State Court ruled that the Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Company “violated the Consumer Fraud Act because FPE knowingly and purposefully distributed circuit breakers which were not tested to meet UL standards…” An expert who investigated the potential hazards of Federal Pacific Electric panels stated under UL 489 test conditions, that FPE panels fail to trip at a much higher rate than standard panels.

When a breaker fails to trip, an extreme amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into a home’s panel and circuits. Once that happens, it cannot be stopped or shut off manually. Electricity will burn until it runs out of fuel or the wires melt. The panel could overheat and catch fire, causing serious harm to a home and its occupants. Many Federal Pacific Electric panels and breakers can operate properly for years. But if and when they do malfunction, a disaster could occur.

Zinsco Panels

May Leave Homes and Homeowners at Risk

Most Zinsco panels are obsolete today. However, at one time, they were extremely popular and installed in many regions throughout North America. As time has passed, electricians and home inspectors have discovered that certain Zinsco panels often can fail to operate properly and may leave homes and homeowners at risk to both fire and electrical shock. These panels can work fine for years, but as homes have increased energy demands, these panels may overheat and portions of it melt.

In this situation, if a breaker melts to the bus bar of the panel and can no longer adequately trip in case of an overcurrent or short circuit, an extreme amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into a home’s panel and circuits. Once that happens, it cannot be stopped or shut off manually. Electricity will burn until it runs out of fuel or the wires melt. The panel could overheat and catch fire, causing serious harm to a home and its occupants.

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Outdated Electrical Panels

May Leave Homes Open to Troubles

Today’s society depends more than ever on electricity. Everything seems to be electronic. It’s extremely prevalent in homes now. Most people have at least one computer, several televisions, a stereo system, cell phones, clock radios, and the list continues. All of these devices require electricity to function.

More than half of the homes today were constructed before the 1970s, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That means more than half were built decades before many of these modern, electronic conveniences even were invented. Most of these older homes possessed no more than 60-amp electrical service. Today, homes should have at least 150 amps.

These facts point to a problem—older homes, unless their electrical system has been upgraded, are being overburdened. These outdated electric systems and panels cannot safely handle the demands of today’s society.

What Should a Homeowner Do?

OKC Electricians Can Help!

The circuit breaker panel is one of the most important parts of a home’s electrical system. It constantly distributes and receives electricity. The panel protects homes from power surges and other possible hazards. With regular maintenance by a licensed electrician, experts say that today’s electrical panels can function properly and protect homes for 30 years or more.

If you suspect that you may have a Federal Pacific Electric, Zinsco, or an outdated circuit breaker panel in your home, or in any event, you have not had your panel inspected recently, you owe it to yourself and your family to contact us today for a free inspection.

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18:50 02 Apr 19
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18:50 02 Apr 19
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22:26 01 Apr 19
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21:34 01 Apr 19
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Jack Sprague
21:27 01 Apr 19
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John Craft
01:50 21 Mar 19
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Lori Craft
Lori Craft
01:40 21 Mar 19
I was very satisfied with Hunter Snyder and Alliance Expert Services! They provided the electrical services for my aerobic septic system. Although it was muddy outside, they were careful to not track ANY mud into the house! Hunter kept me informed as to what they would need to do, patched the small hole in the sheetrock, and even gave it a matching texture to my walls! He even offered to vacuum the carpet under my electrical panel! I'm so glad I have found a company I can use for my electrical and heating/air conditioning needs! Thank you again, Hunter, your assistant, and Alliance!
Shirley Sanders
Shirley Sanders
15:58 27 Feb 19
I found alliance expert services while they were wiring my dad’s shop. They did a great job bending the conduit and you could tell they thought it out. I had Roger quote me a 240 50amp plug for a new welder and a couple other items I have ordered. I gave them the ok on my welder plug and they had it done that day. Once my 2 post lift and motel ac units come in they will be hooking those up as well. It was a Great value for the quality of work done. It’s nice to have one company that can do all my Hvac and electrical needs. ThanksMicah K.
Micah King
Micah King
03:24 27 Feb 19
I found Alliance Expert Services while they were wiring my dads shop, I was impressed with the cleanliness of the conduit and attention to detail. I had them give me a quote to hook-up my new welder and a Motel PTAC air conditioner. Roger quoted a 50-amp 240 volt plug that morning and I was welding that night. I have a 2-post car lift and the In-wall Air-conditioner on order that should be here next week. His crew will be hooking those up for me when they arrive. It’s nice to do my Electrical and Heating and Air needs with just one company…..Thanks again. Micah K.
Micah King
Micah King
03:14 27 Feb 19
My parents have lived in their home for over 65 years so after a recent visit I discovered some electrical work that needed to be done. Since I do not live in OKC I needed to find an electrical contractor that could go into my parents house and get the job done. I Googled Electrican OKC and found "Alliance Services". I called to setup an appointment and Alliance Services delivered from the start. The staff was friendly and knowledgable and the service team showed up on time. I will definitely use Alliance Services again and will recommend them to my friends and family.
TRACEY CORDRAY
TRACEY CORDRAY
14:38 26 Feb 19
This company may be the best that I've ever worked with in any field. Our house is a Frankenstein of bad electrical work and old systems. Alliance has repeatedly come out to help us, and I can't give their customer service enough praise. They don't leave the house until everything is working. They gave me a price estimate up front before doing the work and walk me through exactly what they are doing and their thought process. I even had a technician work me into their full schedule to come fix a problem and said "It's a personal pride thing for me to make sure your system is up and running. I know you've had other companies come out to look at it and I want to be the one to get it working." From the first phone call to getting the final receipt, every person I've talked to has been friendly, polite, and had a smile on their face. I would recommend them to anyone having Heat/AC/Electrical related issues.
Austin Domescik
Austin Domescik
12:35 14 Aug 18
Hunter with Alliance Electric is just an excellent electrican very perfessional explained any questions I had all around a great guy I'll always recommend alliance electric and Hunter. Fantastic job well done Hunter.
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tommy moore
15:00 02 Jul 18
Had them out last week. They did a great job and it cost less than i expected!!!
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Bruce Eady
19:08 16 Apr 18

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