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4 Outdated and Unsafe Electrical Panels.
4 Outdated and Unsafe Electrical Panels. 1. Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Panels. FPE electric panels’ circuit breakers fail to trip when they should (when there’s a short circuit or circuit overload). This problem has lead to thousands of fires across the United States. 2. Zinsco Panels The circuit breakers inside many Zinsco panels melt to the main ‘bus bar’. This means the breaker can’t ever trip, even when there’s a short or overloaded circuit. So if there ever is a short or other problems, the surge of power melts wires and starts fires in your home. 3. Split-bus electrical panels.These types of panels haven’t been used for over 40 years. That puts them past their expected lifespan, meaning the circuit breakers may not trip as they are designed to. 4. Fuse box. Most fuse boxes in homes today are unsafe because they’ve been modified to try to serve today’s energy demands. #Homeinspector #Homeinspection #realestate