|The Federal Pacific Electric (FPE Stab-Lok) Electrical Hazards by Affinity Electric LLC
Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lock Circuit Breaker Articles and Failures Research
Federal Pacific Electric “Stab-Lock” service panels and breakers are a latent hazard and FPE circuit breakers can fail to trip in response to over current, leading to electrical fires.
The breakers may also fail to shut off internally even if the toggle is switched to “off.” Some double-pole (240-Volt) FPE circuit breakers and
single-pole FPE Stab-Lock circuit breakers simply do not work safely.
There are other FPE panel-defects independent of the breaker problems, panel and panel-bus fires and arcing failures in some equipment. The failure rates for these circuit breakers were and still are
significant. In some cases failure to trip occurs 60% of the time – a serious fire and electrical shock hazard.
Failures are documented in the CPSC study and by independent research. Additional independent testing and research are on-going and are reported here.
FPE Stab-Lock electrical panels should be replaced. Do not simply swap in some replacement breakers.
Federal Pacific Electric FPE Stab-Lock Panel Replacement Free Estimate 971-400-5354
Replacement FPE Stab-Lock circuit breakers are unlikely to reduce the failure risk of this equipment. We recommend that residential FPE Stab-Lock electrical panels be replaced entirely or the entire panel bus assembly be replaced, regardless of FPE model number or FPE year of manufacture. Call 971-400-5354 for more info about FPE breaker box and cost to replace your FPE panel, safety is our goal.