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Are You Having Problems with Your Fuse Box?
Fuse boxes tend to be located in older buildings that have not had their electrical systems renovated, which makes having them properly functioning very important. If the fuse box is faulty, it can cause electrical fires. Some warning signs will arise that show whether any part of a fuse box needs to be looked at for a possible fuse box repair. When too much electrical current in a circuit causes the metal strip inside the fuse to melt, the fuse will blow. When blown fuses begin to occur more often they show their age and most likely need to be replaced. The appearance of a melted fuse, rust, burn marks, loose conductors, or discolored sections are signs that your fuse box requires maintenance.
Upgrading your Fuse Box to a Circuit Breaker Panel
The modern version of a fuse box is referred to as a circuit breaker. A circuit breaker has a panel consisting of a series of internal switch mechanisms that, when overheated by unsafe electrical surges, are tripped. Once the source electrical problem has been resolved, circuit breakers can be switched back on, reconnecting the circuits without purchasing and installing anything like what must be done when a fuse is blown. Circuit breakers utilize newer technologies to run them, and can often be an ideal choice when the time comes to finally replace that old fuse box.
Understand that fuses and circuit breakers each have their own pros and cons associated with them. Fuses are inexpensive to replace and they tend to react more quickly to overloading, meaning a higher sense of protection for electronic devices. However electrical connections are more exposed and finding the appropriate fuse for replacement can often be tricky. Also, when you have frequent electrical surges that will not necessarily overload normal electrical devices fuses can be inconvenient.
On the other hand, circuit breakers can be reset very quickly if it was not a big problem that caused the circuit to trip. There is no guesswork because it is easy to identify which switch has been tripped, and all electrical connections are hidden in the breaker box. The main drawback for circuit breakers is that they do not react as quickly to surges in power so it is possible that electronics connected to a circuit could be damaged by excess energy.
Even with this basic knowledge on–hand it is ideal to work with an electrician that understands your individual circumstance and can best assist you in determining whether to install a fuse box or a circuit breaker in your home or office.
Call ACI Northwest to Schedule Your Fuse Box Upgrades in Coeur d’Alene
Our valued customers receive quality electrical services such as circuit breaker installation, fuse box replacement, circuit breaker repairs, and fuse box maintenance programs. As a qualified electrical services company we work in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and surrounding areas. Contact ACI Northwest and obtain fuse box support from a respected fuse box services company that will be with you throughout every stage of the process.