Who remembers fuse boxes?! Your whole family would be getting ready in the morning, and then someone would turn on the hair dryer or the toaster. You’d hear a “pop”, and half your house would go dark. Those were the days…
Blowing a Fuse. Homes built before the 60’s were built with fuse boxes between the power line and the house to control the flow of electricity. The electrical box has a set of fuses with metal ribbons inside them. If too much current passes through the fuse, the ribbon melts, and electricity is not able to flow. Stopping the current protects a home’s wiring, lights, and all the electrical appliances and devices in the home.
Breaking Up With Fuses. Homes built in the last 60 years or so have breaker boxes instead of fuse panels, and they have several advantages over fuses. While fuse boxes aren’t inherently dangerous, they were designed when a home’s demand for electricity was light. We often see fuse boxes that are overloaded, and that poses a huge risk for your home.
Getting Current. If you have an older home with a fuse box, we highly recommend that you call us to come and do an inspection. We’ll talk to you about any problems that we find, and most likely, we’ll recommend that you do some rewiring for safety, and for efficiency, too.
At Aspire Electric, we pride ourselves on helping clients like you with the electric service you need for your home or business. If you still have a fuse box, or if you have concerns about your existing breaker system, give us a call at (336) 270-5705. We’ll help you break up with your fuse box, and get current with wiring that will make your home safer and more comfortable.