I have a customer that needs the inside panel that fits over the breakers.
The breaker box is old, Federal Pacific Electric Catalog # RH 318-36.
I looked around but could not find it.
Any more ideas ?
On Monday, May 19, 2014 5:27:50 PM UTC-5, NotMe wrote:
Based on the material below, it looks like the customer will have to replac
e the breaker box.
He found out this week that his AC unit are non-repairable.
"The Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) brand name is fairly complex du
e to the history of product line acquisition and naming rights ownership ch
anges. The original FPE company that began manufacturing electrical panels,
circuit breakers, and other electrical parts decades ago is no longer arou
nd (to our knowledge)."
If you are just talking about the dead front cover, you might find one
at a place that salvages old equipment.
Personally I think I would look for a Cutler Hammer replacement panel
board that fits in the existing can and it will come with the cover.
Those FPE breakers come with less than a stellar reputation. Some
insurance companies and virtually all home inspectors hate them.
As I remember, the FPE breakers had a manufacturing
fault, after one trip, the breaker would simply NOT
trip, regardless of the amperage. It's the breaker
equivilant of penny behind the fuse.
I'd sure want that panel replaced. Soon.
Why replace the whole panel when it's faulty breakers ? Replace the breakers
, yes if they're the type that's faulty , but not the whole panel . If
there's damage to the bus bars or something , that's another matter , but I
see no need to replace something that ain't broke .
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:14:26 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
home depot price for FPE 15 amp breaker just one, 30 bucks I checked about 2 years ago for a buddy who was thinking about buying a home. so 20 breakers at 30 bucks each costs a fortune and still leaves you a FPE panel.
I checked out his perspective home and said replace the panel. then he got a home inspector who reported get a new panel since homeowners insurance will not write a new policy with a FPE panel.
he passed on the home purchase..... for lots of reasons
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