Why Should A Stab-Lok Circuit Breaker Be Replaced?
Because no Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok breakers meet CPSC UL standards. Most panels contain faulty circuit breakers, and even those that don’t would need to have each breaker individually tested to confirm that they all function properly. The process of having an electrician test each circuit breaker individually would be more expensive than simply replacing the circuit breaker panel with a new, modern model.
Stab-Lok circuit breakers are a serious hazard to you, your property, and your family. A study by the Washington Post suggests that they are responsible for up to 2,800 fires, 13 deaths, and more than $40 million in property damage each and every year. If you own a home with a Stab-Lok circuit breaker, or a home inspection of a home you are interested in buying shows a Stab-Lok, you need to replace it immediately.