I received a call a few days ago from a customer that had lost all his power. They had been on vacation for a few weeks and when they returned home, they found this scorched outlet in their kitchen. After investigation, I quickly learned that they had a Federal Pacific panel. What happened was that a breaker in the panel did not "trip" and the outlet shorted. A deep freezer was plugged into the outlet and they lost several hundred dollars of food. My customer was sad about losing all their food. However, I told them that they were extremely lucky as most of these shorts end much worse...burning the house down. I installed a new panel and breakers and took care of the affected outlets.
Do me a favor, check all of your electrical panels to see if you have an FP panel. If you do, pick up the phone and call me for answers. I am here to help.
Until Next Time,