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Federal Pacific Fire Hazards in Chicago, IL

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How much do you really know about the electrical system in your home? Many people do not know much about their wiring system or when it was installed, updated, or rewired. And we’re willing to bet that most people don’t know who manufactures their home’s circuit breaker panel, even if they’ve had to reset the breakers a few different times.

If your home in Chicago, IL was built or renovated between 1950 and 1990, it’s important that you have a look at your circuit breaker panel. If it was made by the company FPE (Federal Pacific Electric) and contains Stab-Lok circuit breakers, give us a call. You could be at risk of a fire hazard, and it’s important to call the licensed electricians at ServiceMax, who have your safety in mind.

How a Circuit Breaker Keeps You Safe

A circuit breaker panel is designed to do several things to keep your home and your electrical system safe. It divides your home’s electrical system into individual circuits, so that all of the appliances and light systems in your home get the amount of power they need. In addition, the panel helps to protect you from an overloaded circuit, shutting off that particular circuit breaker to prevent a fire hazard. That’s why you may need to reset a breaker from time to time.

The Problem with Federal Pacific Electric Circuit Breaker Panels

Federal Pacific Electric is no longer running to this day, but it used to be one of the most popular circuit breaker panel manufacturers in the country. Unfortunately, thousands of fires each year start due to old Federal Pacific Electric panels, but you can still find them in millions of homes across the US.

Lab tests have proven that the Stab–Lok breakers used in FPE panels are defective, but the panels were never formally recalled. Still, electricians across the country urge anyone with Federal Pacific electrical panels in place to schedule an appointment with an electrician.

Identifying Federal Pacific Panels

Check the panel in your home for a Federal Pacific Electric name or label, which should be found somewhere inside or on the cover. In addition, if the panel still uses the Stab–Lok breakers, you should find identifiable red strips across each breaker marking the Stab–Lok brand. Time is of the essence, so call in an electrician with the right experience for the job.

Do You Need Circuit Breaker Panel Replacement?

ServiceMax provides services and replacement for Federal Pacific Electric circuit breaker panels in Chicago, IL. We have experience dealing with this type of fire hazard, so we can answer all of your questions and make sure you have a new circuit breaker that protects your home. If we find there are additional problems with your wiring, we can let you know so that you can schedule any additional services.

Call our friendly team today. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service to any homeowner, whether you are seeking out a quick consultation or complete circuit breaker panel replacement.