One of the most fearful situations you can have in your home is a fire. A fire in your home can destroy everything quickly and can certainly become a danger to yourself or your family when there is a fire in your home. There are many causes of fires and each one needs to be addressed. One area of the home that you may never think about when considering fire safety is the electrical system in your home. However, electrical fires are a common cause of many house fires. And they destroy many homes and lives each and every year. You may be able to prevent this from happening however. Sometimes the problem lies in a place that was supposed to protect your home from overloaded circuits but instead leads to the problem itself.
Are Federal Pacific Panels Safe to Use in Your Home?
As more and more components are plugged in at your home it starts to draw more and more power. While a good working circuit can typically handle loads of power consuming items the load can sometimes become too great. In the event that the electrical circuit becomes overloaded with items the wires that feed these outlets start to heat up because of the power flowing through them. Once this happens, the circuit breaker should trip and turn off power to that circuit. When the circuit breaker doesn’t trip and shut off power to the circuit, it continues to heat up and can sometimes cause a fire in your home. You may not even realize this initially because the fire may start inside your walls or ceiling where the wires are run for the circuit. As you can imagine, this can quickly become a very dangerous situation simply because one home component failed.
If you have Federal Pacific breakers you may already have this problem and don’t even realize it. In fact, Federal Pacific breakers have been installed in millions of homes across the United States. They were initially sold in 1950s. They were very popular. There are many different manufacturers of circuit breakers and each have had problems in one way or another over the years. However, many home inspectors tend to say that Federal Pacific seem to be a problem when it comes to circuit breakers not tripping when under loads.
There are ways to test if your home’s circuit breakers are performing as they should. However, you’ll need to hire a professional to do so. The circuit breaker is put under a load to determine if it actually trips and shuts off the power to the circuit. Each breaker is labeled with a number on the switch which is the maximum amount of amperes that are allowed through the circuit. A typical circuit breaker is 20 amperes for most homes.
If you’re concerned about the breakers in your home and whether they are safe or not I urge you to read a post from a home inspector about how a high percentage of Federal Pacific breakers don’t trip to help you determine if you need to get a home inspection on your home.