BEWARE OF OUTDATED PANELS OVERHEATING – Zinsco & Federal Pacific panels should be replaced!


There is the funny phrase of, “How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?” While it’s meant to be a joke for lack of intelligence, for an electrician, it can be a real battle. Any electrical job can be dangerous. The crossing of wires, the precaution needed to be used while handling electricity, the knowledge of what to do and what not to do, and the skills to know how to deal with it safely are all reasons why electrical issues and fixes should only be handled by a professional.


Electrical fixes go far and beyond the typical changing of the light bulb or fixing a fuse. Your entire home is wired strategically to give you the power that you need in each room of the house. Electricity is an asset to day-to-day modernized living. But it can also be hazardous if there is a problem that could arise. Electrical equipment can become outdated and cause major issues. Not only could your units shut down and leave you without power, but you are also at risk of overheating the units, which is a major fire hazard.

If you have older electric units and wiring in your home, it may be time to get an electrical inspection done. Two major brands of electrical panels – Zinsco and Federal Pacific – are older and may be outdated. If you do not remember the last time you had an electrical inspection, the time is now as you may be long overdue.
Does your home have either of these types of panels? We don’t expect you to know anything about these panels or brands, but here’s what is important.

Zinsco is a brand that dates back to the 1930s and is now considered obsolete. While the brand was credible and reliable in its prime, homes that are still operating on it face risks of the breakers not tripping at the rated current that they were designed to do. With the current exceeding the designed limit, you risk overheating. Temperatures become high enough to melt the breaker or even worse, spark a fire in your home. Federal Pacific has a long history as well, but it is still around and offers up-to-date equipment that is modernized and suitable to meet your needs.

So how can you tell if you are at risk of overheating breakers? An easy way for homeowners to check is by feeling the box to see if you feel any heat being exerted from the area. If so, it’s time to call a professional to assess the situation and help you get the fix that you need.


Falcon Services is a credible and reliable electrician in the Portland, Oregon area. Falcon Services goals are to get your projects completed in a timely, efficient way for both their professionals and you. They possess a breadth of knowledge in residential electrical work and can provide you with the best solutions for the best prices.

Call Falcon Services today for your electrical inspection to ensure your safety.