Circuit breakers and fuses are like the control panel for the electricity of your building. You can use them to control different electrical circuits in your home – they also help regulate the electricity to prevent any damage to your home or electrical appliances.
Circuit breakers are the more modern version of fuses. There’s nothing wrong with having fuses if they are properly maintained, but circuit breakers are generally a safer and more user-friendly solution. Circuit breakers, when tripped or blown, can be flipped back on with a simple switch. On the other hand, when a fuse blows, you must dispose of that fuse and get another one to replace it. So with breakers, you have the advantage of not needing to rely on having extra fuses if one blows.
Fuses can also be an electrical fire hazard – which is something that should be taken into consideration for the protection of your home or business. If you have a fuse box instead of circuit breakers and you’ve never had a problem, it may be okay to keep the fuse box. However, if you want to make sure your building is optimally protected, you may want to consider simply getting a circuit breaker box installed to replace your fuses.
Middletown Electricians will repair, replacement, and install a breaker box or fuses for your property. We will give an inspection of your electrical system to ensure that it is running smoothly with no potential hiccups. Call us for a free, no obligation quote if any of the situations below start to happen, or if you suspect your system needs attention.
Electricity is not to be messed with or taken lightly, so if you’re having trouble with the breaker box, the hub of your entire electrical system, call us immediately.
Flickering lights. If you’re experiencing flickering or dimming lights, this could be due to the fact that there is a problem with the distribution of electricity throughout the breaker system. If anything else, flickering or dimming lights are downright irksome and can damage your eyes and your electrical system if left unattended for long periods of time.
Faulty appliances are no longer working. Do you find that your washer or dryer will stop running before the cycle is up? Is your oven not heating up to the preheated temperature or not cooking your food thoroughly? This could be from a bad breaker box in which those circuits are not getting enough electricity. Don’t assume that it’s your appliance that is the issue, call us to check out your breaker box before ordering an expensive appliance.
There is no way of telling if a breaker or fuse is “on” or “off.” In other words, the appliance or outlet does not turn off or on, no matter which direction the fuse is flipped. This can lead to a power outage if not taken care of.