If your home has electricity outages every day, or even every week, it’s time to figure out what’s wrong with the fuse box or if other factors are responsible for the fuses blowing up left and right!
Ignoring electrical safety is never a good idea, but the consequences are more severe if you ignore problems with your fuse box. As the fuse box is basically the inlet of electricity in your house, its issues could potentially endanger every device on the circuits connected to it, not to mention the wiring.
Fuses are considered archaic technology; as most modern homes benefit from a circuit breaker rather than a fuse. As we’ll explain later, the breakers are more durable and create fewer headaches in the long term. If you want to keep the fuse box, it’s better to learn the art of wiring a fuse board for emergencies.
How do I know if I have fuses or circuit breakers?
If you aren’t already about your distribution panel, look inside the metal box or panel. If you see a row of switches corresponding to a series of circuits in the house, they are called circuit breakers. Unlike fuses, they don’t blow but are instead disconnected in the event of an electrical surge or extreme fluctuations in the current.
If the board has sockets and a tiny cylinder like a lamp inside each socket, you look at a fuse box. Fuses are not conventional anymore, and you can find them in older houses. While it is possible to replace a fuse box if your circuits cannot adapt to a fuse box, it’s not recommended by an electrician anymore.
But for this article, let’s see how fuses function.
How does a fuse function?
Fuses are a safeguard against overload in an electrical circuit. If the current passes the allowed amperage, the fuse will blow and disengage the power from the fuse board until the issue is solved and the fuse is replaced. In this regard, fuses are safer because nobody can switch them back on again by accident.
If the issue isn’t solved by the time you put in the next fuse, it will blow again. If you are simply drawing too much power from your appliances, it’s time to upgrade.
If the issue isn’t temporary, you may need to call an electrician, who are experts in wiring a fuse box.
To be more precise, fuses aren’t just used on fuse boards, and some electrical devices contain their own form of electrical safety device, which is considered a fuse. For example, some devices have a residual current fuse that will prevent the electrocution of users.
Common reasons for a blown fuse
- Electrical Overload
- Overcharging the circuit
- Wiring issues in an appliance, even a toaster
- Short-circuiting an electric appliance
- A blown light bulb
What is a circuit breaker?
In contrast to fuses, circuit breakers aren’t screwed in the board and do not need to be replaced every time they disengage from the circuit. The breaker is sprung out whenever there is an overload or overcharge, and the circuit is disconnected from the main power. Most modern homes and appliances are now equipped with breakers instead of fuses.
One of the reasons for this popularity is that they can handle higher amperages and can also be fitted for multiple circuits. The circuit boards are more adaptive to changes in the electrical circuits of the house and changes in electrical usage compared to fuse boxes.
As previously mentioned, one of the best features of breakers is that they are reusable. Once a breaker has tripped, you can easily switch it back on again. Provided you have found and resolved the issue that caused the surge, you don’t have to do anything extra to get the power back. In addition, installing a circuit board is much easier than wiring a fuse board.
What can make circuits trip?
Like fuses, the reasons for a circuit breaker tripping are related to an overload of electricity or overcharging the home circuit, either by adding too many electrical devices or because of an imbalance in how the circuits are connected. Even if the overall amperage numbers seem correct, a mistake in connecting the neutral and live wires can cause a trip.
Are fuses blowing in your home every day?
If you can’t find the real reason behind the fluctuations in the electrical current or have no idea what you should do to have a stable power current, don’t worry!
Electric Works London technicians are proud to have expert electricians who have more than enough experience in wiring a fuse box.
If our technicians see fit, they may suggest circuit board options and consumer units to solve your electrical problems for good.
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