Federal Pacific Electric

Electrical Information

Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breakers and panelboxes were extremely popular in homes built in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and while many still exist today, there is some debate over their use in private residenes. There have been a few issues raised over the safety of these items, and we wish to state only the facts:

  • In the 1980s, the company lost its UL listing
  • The design of these circuit breakers, when compared with today’s standards, makes for a poor electrical connection.
  • There is very limited space for heat dissipation in the breakers which can cause early breakdown of electrical connections.
  • These circuit breakers have shown in Consumer Product Safety Commission testing to fail to trip when they were supposed to.

We strongly suggest replacing all Federal Pacific Electric Panelboxes and upgrading to a new circuit breaker panelbox. If you wish to learn more, please review the following websites. There is a lot of great information to help you decide if it is time to replace your FPE panelbox.