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Federal Pacific Electrical Panels and Zinsco Electrical Panels (also known as Zinsco
Sylvania) were installed in new homes throughout entire neighborhoods from the
mid-1950s to the early 1980s. However, complaints about the faulty design of the
Federal Pacific/Zinsco Electrical Panels have been mounting for years, and it is
important that you are aware of the safety issues associated with these panels.
The most troubling and widely reported issue related to Federal Pacific Electrical Panels
and Zinsco Electrical Panels is that they are equipped with faulty breakers that may fail
to trip during excessive power loads. Excessive power loads create heat, which then
becomes a potential fire hazard. The breakers may also fail to turn off internally even
when the breaker is in the tripped position.
It is impossible to tell which of these electrical panels are defective simply by inspecting
them, and just because a panel has always functioned properly does not guarantee that
it will continue to do so.
Some manufacturers have made after-market circuit breakers designed to fit Federal
Pacific Electrical Panels and Zinsco Electrical Panels; however, these replacement
breakers may not solve all of the problems associated with these Electrical Panels.
The insurance industry is recognizing the potential fire hazard that Federal and Zinsco
Electrical Panels create and some providers have stopped writing policies on properties
where these panels are present.