Homes built before the 1970s, often have a fuse box rather than electrical panels. Those who own older homes often question the safety of a fuse box. In a modern electrical panel, when a circuit overload trip a circuit breaker, it shuts the electrical supply off at the electrical panel, going to the overloaded circuit. You simply unplug the offending appliance, and flip the breaker back on. Circuit breakers that repeatedly trip indicate a potentially bad breaker, or an overloaded circuit. If it continues to occur, try reducing the load. For example, if it trips when you operate the microwave, the toaster oven, and a crock pot at the same time, for example, move one of the appliance to a different circuit. Otherwise, contact Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL for an upgrade.
However, a fuse self-destructs when a circuit overload occurs. Unplugging the offending appliance and replacing the fuse restores a normal circuit. A fuse box requires having a number of the appropriate fuses on hand in the proper size for each circuit. However, this indicates your electrical system requires upgrading. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide the service for you.
In the initial comparison, a modern electrical panel is convenient, and does not require you to keep extra fuses on hand. Fuse boxes are not necessarily unsafe. However, they are outdated, and probably inadequate for your home. Whereas a modern electrical panel may feature 15, 20, or even more spaces available depending upon the size and needs of the home, a fuse box may have no more than six for the entire home, and is inadequate for the majority of U.S. homes.
Prior to the 1970s, homes did not have all of the electronics and appliances of the modern home. There were perhaps one television, a refrigerator and a stove. Few homes contained dishwashers, kitchen disposals, a microwave or toaster oven, computers, electric fireplaces, game systems or other of our modern conveniences.
In fact, few had air conditioning at all, and even fewer had central air conditioning. In fact, homes seldom featured more than a single light fixture per room. Modern homes on the other hand, require a large number of circuits, and this is the reason a home with a fuse box desperately needs upgrading by qualified electricians in Huntsville, AL.
In homes with a fuse box, the increased demand for electricity results in frequently blown fuses. Homeowner’s may try to compensate by installing higher amp fuses, which allow more current to go through the wiring, which is lower amp wire. This practice is often a direct cause of fires in older homes. A fuse box is safe only as long as you use the appropriately rated fuses, exceeding it significantly increases the likelihood of an electrical fire.
If your homeowner’s insurance inspected your home at the time of purchase, it is possible your insurance premium will decrease with an upgrade of a modern panel, and/or wiring. Mister Sparky’s dedicated electricians in Huntsville, AL can provide a comprehensive assessment of your home’s electrical system, and provide the necessary upgrades.
A short circuit typically strikes at inconvenient times, often when you are trying to plug in more than the usual for expected company, or during the holidays when putting up holiday lights and decorations. It is typical for it to occur when a number of appliances operate at the same time, causing a circuit overload. It is a red flag that your electrical system needs an upgrade.
A short on the other hand, is what most homeowners recognize as burnt wire. A short places your home and family at risk, and requires prompt attention. First, shut off the breaker supplying electricity to the shorted area, and contact Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL for electrical service.
Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians in Huntsville, AL have the expertise to provide the upgrade you need to replace a fuse box, or provide other electrical services. We offer electrical emergency services. We guarantee your satisfaction. We serve Huntsville, Guntersville, Decatur, Athens, New Market, and the surrounding areas. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.