Friday, May 18, 2012

I-Team: Faulty Circuit Breakers in Thousands of Homes Could Cause Fire | NBC New York

Here is a interesting News story about Federal Pacific Circuit Breakers.  






I-Team: Faulty Circuit Breakers in Thousands of Homes Could Cause Fire | NBC New York












The electricity in most homes is fairly safe. That is one of the biggest problem I find as an electrician. It is difficult to explain to customers that their circuit box that has been feeding power reliably for so many years can be a problem. Unlike other mechanical devices, your electrical box can break but still provide you with the power you expected.  It is my belief that client should replace their main electrical services every 30 years. The circuit breakers are mechanical devices that need to open and close physically to turn off. Any number of things can go wrong inside the mechanism.  Corrosion, water, physical damage, foreign materials are all thing that I have seen in older panel that could prevent breaker from tripping. 

Better to be safe than sorry.  If you have a panel that was installed before 1982 It is time for a replacement. After all 1982 was the last year of the DeLorean Motor Company. Ronald Reagan was still president in 1982.  Michael Jackson released "Thriller". The Commodore 64 was released without an internet.

 The Federal Pacific Breakers in the picture should be replaced as soon as you see them. There is no reason to risk a fire. These breakers were manufactured up until 1990s. They have been known not to trip and have caused as many as 2,800 fires each year in the US.



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