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2310 Upper Turnpike Road
Whitehall, NY 12887
Phone: 518-642-1979
Cell: 518-636-8259

Rolleston Electric Insured Electrician serving the Gansevoort NY area Providing Emergengy Service. Service Calls, Panel Upgrades, Data Wiring, Telephone, Cable TV and Network Wiring. Code violation repairs
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Please read if you have a Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok or Zinsco breaker panel in your home. These breaker panels have caused thousands of fires and it is really a good idea to get the panel replaced by a qualified electrician.

Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok and Zinsco breakers will not trip, continuously providing electricity to the short circuit, which can cause intense heat and in some cases fire. When working properly, circuit breakers are designed to prevent fires. They are designed to cut off the flow of electricity when charged with excessive electrical demand or short circuit, also known as "arching."

The Federal Pacific Electric company no longer exists but experts estimate millions of defective circuit breakers it manufactured remain in homes all over the country. Published reports show not every Federal Pacific circuit breaker is defective. In the wake of the controversy, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) removed the U-L listing for the breakers, but not before millions were sold and installed in homes built from the 1950s to the 1980s.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission did conduct additional testing of the Federal Pacific circuit breakers in the 1980s. Controversy and legal challenges followed the testing. Many called on the CPSC to recall the breakers, but they were never recalled. Some experts have said the CPSC did not recall the Federal Pacific circuit breakers because it did not have the budget to battle a possible legal fight from Federal Pacific's then-parent company

Here is a document with more info pictures of Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok breaker panels Federal Pacific Information

Zinsco electrical equipment is considered obsolete, due to a design flaw in which the circuit breaker's connection to the bus bar becomes loose, causing arcing and subsequent overheating. Long term exposure to this heat can cause the breaker to fuse to the bus bar, making it impossible to remove. Even worse, it can cause the breaker's contacts to fuse together, thus preventing the breaker from tripping even in an overcurrent situation, thereby causing a potential fire hazard.

Aftermarket replacements for the Zinsco breakers are available; however, it may be more cost effective simply to replace the entire panel with a more modern and safer design from another manufacturer, depending on the number of breakers to be replaced. If the bus bar shows signs of corrosion, or if any of the breakers show signs of overheating, the panel should be replaced entirely. Many electricians advocate replacement of the panel in any case, due to its historically poor reliability.

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