As the system serves the same purpose and that is to control the home’s electrical flow, every newer home has a circuit breaker panel with operable electricity while older homes may have a circuit box. The fuse box manages the electricity use from every room in the house from the lights, appliances and outlets and so on. In the event there is an emergency, and you need to switch off the electricity, it is important to know where the box is located. Frequently located in the garage, basement, or closet is the circuit breaker or fuse box. There are a few things you should be aware of and we at Burley Electrical Services would like to elaborate a little on upgrading the fuse box when you are considering an upgrade.
What is the Difference Between a Fuse & a Circuit Breaker
A fuse box consists of fuses that are made to “blow” when a circuit overloads. When a fuse blows it cuts power to the circuit, thus preventing a possible fire. Power cannot be restored to the circuit until the fuse is replaced. In contrast, when a circuit breaker overloads, the breaker cuts the circuit. Power cannot be restored to the circuit until the switch is flipped.
Electrical Panel or Fuse Box Inspection
Tampering with an electrical panel can be extremely dangerous if you are not familiar with electricity. To take on all services, professionals should be hired for major concerns. A pro can visually assess the condition of your fuse box or circuit breaker. The visible faults like cloudy, burnt, or worn sections will indicate your system needs work. If you do the evaluation, do not touch any metal parts.
Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Fuse Box to a Circuit Breaker Panel
1) Blown Fuses. With frequent fuse blow outs, your system is highly likely to have problems. To blow out fuses, wiring or current issues will contribute. Though it is concerning, they will seemingly blow out for no reason at all. To determine the underlying issues and optimal solutions, a professional should inspect it.
2) Loose Fuses. As it likely requires a complete upgrade, having loose fuses is a problem. Causing a number of electrical problems, loose fuses can easily fall out.
3) Burning Fuse Box. Call a professional immediately in the event the fuse box is burning, melting, or charring, or is the source of it. Being a safety hazard, this is not only a red flag you need an upgrade. Parts will need to be replaced if the damage is extensive enough you may even need rewiring or at the least. You run the risk of your home bursting into an electrical fire without professional assistance.
4) Buzzing / Humming Noises. Stemming from a spark should be investigated and addressed promptly, these noises suggest a loose or damaged wire, or a faulty breaker and any unusual noise is a concern.
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Call Burley Electrical Services and let our experts take care of the rest to keep your home and loved ones safe and your electrical system efficient in the event your fuse box is in need of an upgrade or professional attention.