Electrical Panel

Federal Pacific Electrical panel

Is your current home at associated risk of an electrical fire?

Look very carefully at your circuit breaker panel.

Numerous homes constructed during the 1970’s and 1980’s currently have electrical circuit breaker panels manufactured by Federal Pacific Electric.

In the event that your home has a Federal Pacific Electric Panel, make sure you read this particular information to understand much more about the dangers of malfunctioning circuit breakers in FPE Stab-Lok circuit breaker panels FPE Stab-Lok circuit breaker panels

Federal Pacific Electrical panel known problems:

  • Breakers do not always trip when circuit is overloaded
  • Breakers arc to the buss bar and damage it
  • Breakers are damaged by arcing and heat
  • Replacement breakers are expensive
  • Breaker failure can cause electrical fire

Cost For Upgrading an Electrical Panel

Electrical power through the electrical power company’s line generally flows through the homes outside meter and into the electrical panel, which usually controls the flow of electricity into the house.

Full electricity consumption will not exceed the panel’s capacity, which may be 100, 150, 200 or 400 amps.

Houses may additionally have sub-panels which are located someplace else, which are smaller sized versions of the main panel and wired through it.

Typical costs:

Typically it costs $850-$1,250 to have a qualified electrician upgrade an existing panel to 100 amps, if a new panel is needed the cost will be between $1,300-$1,900

Expect to pay $1,500-$2,800 to upgrade to 200 amps, or $2,000-$4,000 to go to 400 amps.

Installing a new sub-panel will be between $500-$1,500.

What should be included

Electrical panels in an older home probably have a reduced capacity, but 100 amps is the current minimum required, while 150 amps or 200 amps are common.

Several new homes have been built at 400 amps, which generally is achieved by using a 400-amp meter and two 200-amp panels.

This is simply not a do-it-yourself project; significant electrical wiring modifications ought to be done by a licensed electrical contractor.

Check with the local planning department for any local limitations or requirements; usually an electrical permit is needed.

Permit price varies widely across the country.

If required, the upgrading process of the electrical panel might include replacing outdated electrical wiring, installing a copper grounding rod, and removing and replacing the existing electrical circuit breaker/fuse panel.


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Energy Saving Ideas

Within this article are a variety of ways in which you and your family can reduce demand, conserve energy and, ultimately save money.

Avoid changing your heat pump thermostat. Find the coolest comfortable setting and leave it there. Moving the thermostat setting up and down will cause your heat pump to operate less efficiently and will cost you more money.


Clean or change filters once a month or as needed, and maintain the system according to manufacturer’s instructions.


The sun’s energy is free! Keep draperies and shades open in sunny windows, using natural sunlight to light and warm your home. Close draperies late in the day.


Unplug battery chargers or power adapters when devices are fully charged.


To lower your heating bill during winter months, try using a humidifier. Moisture makes the air feel warmer, you don’t need to turn the thermostat up as much, and that can save your money.


Unplug televisions and others electronic devices when not in use to help lower your bill, or buy plug strips and turn off the power to these devices with a simple push of the button.


Use portable space heaters only when necessary. They can be costly to operate, this is a great Energy Saving Ideas

Energy Saving Ideas

These energy saving ideas range from the simple to the sophisticated, and they’re all things that can be easily accomplished at your home, office, or farm.


If you have an attached garage, keep the garage doors closed as much as possible. When shopping for new doors, look for insulated ones.


Repair leaky faucets: This will keep your well pump from running unnecessarily, conserve electricity and water, and help reduce the water bill if you are not using a well.


Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37º to 40ºF for the fresh food compartment of the refrigerator and 5ºF for the freezer section. If you have a separate freezer for long-term storage, it should be kept at 0ºF.


Energy Saving Ideas

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Trying to perform your own electrical work or finding cheap labor is never a good idea. Inexperienced labor might be cheap but very costly in the long run because you will be held accountable for any work performed that does not conform to these codes and laws.

Don’t compromise the safety of you and your family. The risks are too great to leave to chance.

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Rene Cartagena
Master Electrician