Should I replace the sevice panel

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Old 08-05-06, 10:52 PM
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Should I replace the sevice panel

House has a 35 year old Federal Pacific breaker panel. I was thinking about replacing the panel but I discovered most and probably all the problems are in the connections. Some of the high current connections get pretty warm(110F with a lazer probe). Tightening has helped some but the wires still look pretty corroded. What is the best way to clean wire and terminals. I was considering using a blitz cloth and some cramolin red. Well I have already done this on the HVAC circuit and temp of the wire went from 110 down to room temp.
 
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Old 08-06-06, 12:33 AM
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Yes.

You may want to look at the link about Federal Pacific panels.
http://www.inspect-ny.com/fpe/fpepanel.htm
 
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Electri clean, or contact cleaner. Availiable at supply houses.

But I agree that FPE panels are junk. From experience, not just what I have read on the web.
 
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Should I replace the sevice panel?
House has a 35 year old Federal Pacific breaker panel.
That's enough information for me.
My answer is yes.
 
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Old 08-06-06, 07:57 AM
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I knew they had problems but never knew they were this bad. Is there a replacement for the breakers, I undestand this is not the case but thought I would ask. Replacing a panel wouldnt be that bad of a job. Unfortunately I have 3 of them to replace. This would also explain the melt down the breaker had when the well pump went bad. I thought it was lightning damage fortunately for me so did the insurance co.
 
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The replacement breakers, while made by a different company are reported to be built with the original design specs.
 
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