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Recalled Electrical Panels: A Homeowner's Guide to Safety

Learn about the dangers of recalled electrical panels and how NexGen Home Inspections can help ensure the safety of your home. Stay informed and protected.

Welcome back to the NexGen Home Inspections blog! Today, we're addressing a critical and often overlooked aspect of home safety – recalled electrical panels. Understanding the risks associated with these panels and knowing how to identify them is essential for every homeowner.

The Hidden Danger in Your Home

Electrical panels are the heart of a home's electrical system, but when they malfunction, the consequences can be severe. Over the years, certain electrical panels have been recalled due to safety concerns, primarily related to overheating and fire hazards.

Why Were These Panels Recalled?

The primary reasons for recalling electrical panels include:

  • Faulty Design: Some panels were poorly designed, leading to issues like circuit breaker failure.

  • Overheating: Certain panels are prone to overheating, which can lead to fires.

  • Difficulty in Tripping: Some breakers may fail to trip during an overload or short circuit, posing a significant fire risk.

Common Recalled Panels

Some well-known recalled electrical panel brands include:

  1. Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Stab-Lok Panels

  2. Zinsco Panels

  3. Certain Pushmatic Breakers

Identifying Recalled Panels

Identifying a recalled electrical panel involves checking the brand and model number, usually found inside the panel door. However, due to the technical nature of electrical systems, it's always best to consult a professional.

The Role of Home Inspections

During a home inspection, inspectors like those at NexGen Home Inspections pay close attention to the electrical system. We identify not only recalled panels but also any other potential electrical hazards. This includes examining the panel's condition, brand, and any modifications or repairs that might have been made.

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NexGen’s Comprehensive Approach

At NexGen Home Inspections, our experts are trained to spot these problematic electrical panels. Our comprehensive inspections provide peace of mind, knowing that your home’s electrical system is safe and reliable.

What to Do If You Have a Recalled Panel

If your home has a recalled electrical panel, it’s crucial to replace it promptly. Working with a qualified electrician to upgrade to a safer, more reliable panel is the best course of action.


Understanding the dangers of recalled electrical panels and taking proactive steps to address them is key to ensuring your home's safety. Regular inspections by knowledgeable professionals like NexGen Home Inspections can be instrumental in identifying and mitigating these risks.

Stay informed and prioritize safety by following our blog for more valuable insights into home maintenance and protection.

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