Electrical Panel Services in Cincinnati, OH
Does Your Home (Or a Loved One’s) Contain Federal Pacific Electrical Panels? If So, Your Safety Is at Risk!
A home’s electrical panel is responsible for distributing the incoming utility power to the individual circuits in your home while providing basic protection against circuit overloads, short circuits, and more. If your electrical panel is not sized to match your electrical demands, or if the panel is physically damaged, it may be necessary to upgrade. A faulty or overloaded electrical panel could pose a risk of fire or electrocution and should be replaced or repaired as soon as possible.
When you need an expert electrician for an electrical panel or service panel upgrade in the Cincinnati area, turn to our team at Apollo Home. We offer electrical panel installations, replacements, repairs, service upgrades, whole home rewiring, and more. Our company has over 100 years of experience, and we serve customers throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. From heating and air conditioning to plumbing and electrical, you can count on our team for all your home comfort needs.
Do you need a service panel replacement for your Cincinnati or Kentucky home? Call Apollo Home today at contact us online to discuss your options with our licensed, experienced electricians.
Signs You Need Electrical Panel Repairs or Replacement
If your main electrical panel is overloaded, damaged, or defective, your electrical system will often display noticeable signs that there is a problem. These can include:
- Lights that flicker or dim when large appliances turn on
- Frequent power surges or brownouts
- Breakers that trip frequently
- Breakers that are broken or will not reset
- Breakers or outlets that are melted, scorched, or hot to the touch
- Hot or melted wire insulation
- Buzzing or hissing from the electrical panel
- Burning or melted plastic odors near outlets or the electrical panel
- Obsolete equipment like fuses, knob-and-tube wiring, or redundant subpanels
- Defective or recalled equipment
Contact our experts at Apollo Home if you notice any of these problems. We will evaluate the situation and recommend the best actions to ensure your electrical system is safe and reliable. We serve Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, including Boone, Campbell, Kenton, and beyond.
Our Electrical Panel & Circuit Breaker Services
Whether you need electrical panel repairs, replacement, or rewiring, our experts at Apollo Home can help. We feature thoroughly trained, experienced electricians, and we offer a wide range of commercial panel and circuit breaker services that include:
- Service upgrades to increase available amperage
- Electrical panel upgrades or heavy-ups
- Electrical panel installation and replacement
- Electrical panel repairs
- Circuit breaker replacement and installation
- GFCI or AFCI breaker installation
- Whole-home surge suppressor installation
- New circuit installations
- Whole-home rewiring
Are you considering an electrical panel upgrade for your home in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Warren, or the surrounding areas? Contact our team today for a service panel installation quote.
Why Choose Apollo Home for Electrical Services?
Apollo Home has been serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for over 100 years, and we offer services that are safe, reliable, and worry-free. Our company features:
- Friendly, experienced personnel
- Same-day service for most calls
- A 5-star service guarantee
- Available 24/7 emergency service
- Valuable special offers
- Great financing options
To learn more about the benefits of choosing Apollo Home for all your electrical service needs, contact our team today.
Schedule Electrical Panel & Circuit Breaker Services in Cincinnati Today
Keep your home and your family safe with electrical panel repairs, upgrades, and more from Apollo Home. We are here to help with all your home electrical needs, and we are committed to your safety and comfort.
Call contact us online to schedule electrical panel services in Cincinnati today!
Federal Pacific Electric Panel Replacement Info
Federal Pacific Electric Company (FPE) was one of the most common manufacturers of circuit breaker panels in North America from the 1950s to the 1990s. If your home was built during this time and is equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breaker panel with Stab-Lok circuit breakers, you run a significant risk of breaker malfunction and fire.
Millions of FPE panels were installed in homes across the United States. During the last 50 years, electricians and home inspectors often found Federal Pacific Electric panels failed to provide proper protection to homeowners and their families. Experts now say FPE panels can appear to work fine for years, until one overcurrent or short circuit, then the panels can overheat and become fire hazards.
The breakers inside the panel are designed to guard your home by preventing circuit overload, short circuits and outside power surges coming into the panel. When an overload occurs, a breaker protects you by tripping, thus shutting down the power to the circuit.
When a breaker fails to trip, an extreme amount of power from the outside electrical supply surges into the panel and circuits. The volume of electricity can cause the wires to melt and the panel can to overheat and catch fire. Sadly, there have been thousands of documented home fires due to FPE panels and breakers not working properly.
The frightening danger is many Federal Pacific Electric panels and breakers can work properly for years before a sudden fail and malfunction, potentially causing a disaster.
It’s worth mentioning if you have a family member or neighbor living in an older home, you should alert them to this risk and offer to check the manufacturer of their panel based on this information.
Multiple tests done on FPE breakers since the 1980s have proven 25% of Stab-Lok breakers are defective and will not properly trip off. Federal Pacific Electric was found to have committed testing fraud and a cover-up, labeling the breakers as meeting the standards set by the UL when in reality, they were defective. As a result, the company has been out of business for years.
In 1983, the Consumer Product Safety Commission closed its two-year investigation after deciding it was impossible to create a product recall issue because of budget issues, even though FPE panels and breakers were installed in millions of homes and to this day run risk of an electrical fire. Sadly, an estimated 2,800 fires each year directly result from Federal Pacific panel breaker malfunction.
1. FPE panels may not meet today’s updated safety codes.
Wires may be crowded inside the panel box, bus bars may be spring-mounted, breakers may still be active when in the down position and split-bus breakers no longer meet updated safety codes.
2. FPE panels have significant design flaws.
Breakers may unexpectedly trip when the dead front cover is removed, breakers may have loose connections to the bus bars, breakers are often jammed within their sockets, which can cause overcrowding in the panel, and breakers can easily split when placed into sockets.
3. FPE panels may have manufacturing defects.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that FPE panels may be unfit for homes, and the materials to construct the breakers may be weak.
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"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
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"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
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