Important Information About Your Electrical Panels
If you're like most homeowners, you don't spend much time thinking about your fuse box. That is, of course, until you have a problem. Power surges in the middle of a hot summer, plugging in an appliance only to have most of your house lose electricity, and flickering lights aren't just irritating, they can become potentially hazardous. A malfunctioning panel can be a very real fire hazard and constantly changing fuses can be a hassle.
Fuse boxes began to be phased out of service in the 1960s when new circuit breaker technology became accessible, so most homes that still operate on these are at least 60 years old. As your home’s electrical components age, they become more difficult to maintain and in many cases more dangerous. In this article, you will learn about fuses and when to call a professional for help with your fuse box.
How to Remove Fuses
Circuit breakers and fuses are both designed to do the same thing: prevent too much electricity from flowing through the wires and appliances in your home. When circuit breakers trip, simply switching them back on suffices to restore power to portions of your home.
When fuses blow, they must be physically replaced. Fuses come in a variety of shapes and sizes but most fuse boxes in homes use a screw-type fuse. A screw-type fuse has a base that looks like a light bulb and has a visible wire under a piece of glass on its surface.
If the wire looks burnt or can’t be seen, the fuse must be replaced. To replace the fuse, unscrewing it from the fuse box and replacing it with one that is identical in shape and amperage is what needs to be done, however, this must always be done with a turned off power supply. Replacing a fuse can involve coming into close contact with live electricity. So it is always best to seek the assistance of a professional.
How to Fix Damaged Fuse Boxes
Fuse boxes are generally not susceptible to damage since they are located in a safe place like an interior closet or garage. However, as the electrical infrastructure of your house ages, it becomes more likely that you could have an electrical incident that damages your fuse box. Often, fuse boxes become damaged because wires overheat or arc violently inside the box.
If your fuse box becomes damaged, it is usually a sign of a larger issue in your home’s wiring. Having an electrician evaluate your fuse box is highly recommended to avoid further safety issues. Generally, an electrician will recommend upgrading your fuse box to a circuit breaker panel since they are safer and it’s easier to install a new panel than repair an old fuse box.
Consider Upgrading Your Fuse Box
Fuse boxes are outdated technology and can be a hazard in your home. Upgrading to a circuit breaker panel has numerous benefits.
- Safety: Circuit breakers protect your home and appliances better than a fuse.
- Cost: Circuit breakers don’t need to be replaced every time they trip as fuses do.
- Convenience: Flipping breakers back on is easier than digging through drawers to find spare fuses.
- Expandability: Most homes have maxed out the number of circuits available because of undersized fuse boxes. New breaker panels mean you can expand lighting, appliances, and outlets in your home.
Work With a Local Professionals
If you need electrical services or are looking to upgrade your fuse box call the pros at Korte Does It All, Inc. Serving the New Haven, IN, area for over 50 years, they have decades of experience you can rely on. Trust the safety of your home to the licensed and insured professionals at Korte Does It All, Inc.